Innovation Week 2021


October 18 – 21, 2021

Innovation Week 2021 is sure to spark inspiration! Hear from serial entrepreneurs who have successfully scaled and exited several tech companies. You also won’t want to miss the dynamic panel discussions and interactive feedback sessions facilitating opportunities to learn, share, and shape the growth of our thriving technology ecosystem.

Register for Innovation Week HERE.

Innovation Week 2021 Agenda


Monday, October 18, 2021 – 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM, St. John’s Convention Centre
Launch Event + Business Scaling and Serial Entrepreneurship 

Innovation Week 2021 will kick off on day 1 with an official launch before welcoming keynote David Grant from Nasuni, helped lead several massive scale-up initiatives at software companies in the US. Subject matter expert Neil Desai from Magnet Forensics will then talk about what is needed in an ecosystem to support high growth tech companies. Mark Dobbin, Founder and President of Killick Capital will discuss scaling – the barriers, opportunities and things both young and mature companies should know. Following, an interactive networking session among participants facilitated by Jess Chapman of ethree consulting will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from each other and share valuable feedback.

Tuesday, October 19, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, St. John’s Convention Centre
Driving High Growth Tech Companies: The Importance of Allyship and Diversity

Co-founder and CEO of Axonify Inc, Carol Leaman, has successfully scaled and sold several tech companies throughout her career and continues her journey as a serial entrepreneur. Carol will kickoff Day 2 by discussing her experiences with startups, the barriers faced, how to recognize and take advantage of opportunities, and will provide insight into what other tech companies need to do to help them grow and scale. Next, Lesley Galgay will address what it takes to move from belief to action – what it means to be an active ally in the workplace and how sponsorship is ‘the ticket’ to gender equity. An interactive panel moderated by Lesley will round-out the morning with Caron Hawco, Cathy Bennett, Josh Greene, Lesley Chard, and Dan Brake.

Wednesday, October 20 – 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Virtual Event
Tech Sector Mash Up: Connecting Students with Tech Companies

Day 3 is geared to post-secondary students interested in the tech sector! Students are invited to attend a virtual networking event designed to connect them with local technology companies. Local techNL member company representatives will be available in “virtual booths” and share the inside perspective on what they look for in employees, in-demand skills, and company culture in the tech sector.

This event is sponsored by Hatch and College of the North Atlantic

Thursday, October 21, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, St. John’s Convention Centre
techNL Industry Awards Ceremony

Innovation Week 2021 will culminate with the presentation of the first ever techNL Industry Awards. Join us for our presentation ceremony and networking social to celebrate the thriving tech sector and our exceptional member companies. More information on the techNL industry awards can be found here.

For further details about the speaker sessions
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