Franco's been an entrepreneur since the age of 11. After working overseas during university, he returned to work in the NGO, public and private sectors building web and mobile programs. He's been actively involved in helping and organizing various Ottawa events to make the city a better place. He's currently leading content and growth with Guides.co, the online destination for interactive and helpful guides.
Dax Dasilva is the CEO of LightSpeed, a suite of retail tools, based in Montreal, Canada.
They recently raised a $35-million Series B from Accel Partners (one of the early backers of Facebook).
His company boasts 20,000 customers and has grown from 50 employees in 2011 to 200 now, processing $7.5B in annual transactions with offices in New York, Ottawa, Silicon Valley, and Sydney, Australia.
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Invest Ottawa delivers economic development programs and initiatives that increase entrepreneurial momentum, wealth and jobs in the City of Ottawa and its surrounding region. Its goal is to make Ottawa the best place in Canada to start and grow a knowledge-based business.
BizSpark is a free program for tech startups to access thousands of dollars' worth of free Microsoft software, it also provides startups with $150 a month for three years in Windows Azure credits good for hosting servers (Windows & Linux), websites/web apps with support for .NET, PHP, Node.js & Python, and much more. Need to scale? Connect to learn how to get nominated for $60,000 in Windows Azure hosting credits. Learn more about Bizspark here: http://wootstudio.ca/startups/bizspark.aspx
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