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 help make the city a better place. He's currently the co-founder and co-host of Hack To Start - a podcast focused on interesting people and the innovative ways they achieve success. Hack To Start reached #1 in iTunes' Business and Business News category just 8 weeks after the first episode launched and received over 100,000 downloads in the first 5 months.
Joe Rideout is the co-founder of Relay, a GIF messaging app and an ex-Googler. He co-founded Relay in 2012, raising $700K a few months later before being acquired by Kik in November 2014.
Joe will share his insights and experiences on building mobile products, scaling growth, and being acquired.
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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
The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. Located at the heart of Canada’s capital, we have ready access to the great institutions of our country. Our advances in social sciences, health, science and the humanities make uOttawa a unique place to learn, grow and excel.
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh is Canada's largest and highest-ranked firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law. Our experience is unmatched and our goal is unwavering: to provide our clients with UNPARALLELED IP®. Virtually all of the firm's professionals have degrees in engineering or science and combine technical knowledge with legal expertise. The firm's Ottawa office employs over 40 lawyers and patent professionals who provide advice on developing intellectual property assets and on protecting, managing and commercializing those assets. Smart & Biggar has been providing legal services to the Ottawa business community for over a hundred years and is proud to be a sponsor of Startup Grind.