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SME Forum breakfast & discussion: ‘SCALING UP TO A BILLION: Ingredients for A Unicorn
June 7, 2016 @ 8:15 am - 10:30 am
SME Forum breakfast & discussion:
‘SCALING UP TO A BILLION: Ingredients for A Unicorn’
In 2015 Canadian venture capital investments hit a 10-year high, thanks to 536 deals totalling $2.3bn of which $1.25bn was invested in the Province of Ontario. With over 20,000 tech companies, Ontario has the 2nd largest tech ecosystem in North America after California.
OMERS Ventures, the venture capital arm of one of Canada’s largest pension funds with more than $65bn in net assets, has played a leading role in fostering Ontario’s tech growth. It has invested in and incubated Canada’s billion dollar firms like Shopify and Hootsuite as well as fast-growing companies like D2L, Vidyard and Wattpad. It has also established OneEleven, a unique not-for-profit community of the most promising and sophisticated data-driven entrepreneurs and technology start-ups. By convening a powerful network of venture capital, industry, academia and government, OneEleven is bridging the gap between research and commercialization.
The Scale-up Institute is a new UK organisation, launched by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and angel investor Sherry Coutu, aimed at closing the UK’s “Scale up gap”. The Institute builds on the ‘Scale-Up Report’, authored by Sherry Coutu, which found that a small group of rapidly expanding “Scale Up” companies create a significant proportion of the UK’s economic growth.
Bilal Khan Managing Director, OneEleven, Irene Graham CEO, the Scale-Up Institute and Aaron Rosland, High Commission of Canada, will lead a discussion on the ingredients for scaling up companies, including investment, incubation and a clear pathway to international growth
What You’ll Learn Hear about the ingredients to growing a thriving tech sector; learn about the unique approach of one of Canada’s largest pension funds to growing Billion dollar tech companies (Unicorns); learn about challenges and opportunities in building a Billion dollar company; understand how going global is essential for scaling companies up to a Billion dollars.
Tuesday 7 June 2016
Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London SW1Y 5BJ
08.15 – 08.45 Registration 08.45 – 09.30 Discussion/Q&A 09.30 – 10.30 Networking
Bilal Khan Managing Director OneEleven
Bilal Khan is the Managing Director of OneEleven. OneEleven is a unique partnership between industry, venture capital, government and academia with the objective of making Canada a global leader in the innovation economy. Bilal sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Club of Toronto, the Business Advisory Group of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), the Advisory Board of the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX), the Advisory Board of Technicity at the City of Toronto, and the Advisory Board of IBM’s I^3 Project. www.oneeleven.com
Irene Graham CEO The Scale Up Institute
Irene Graham, CEO of the Scale-Up Institute, was a senior executive and intrapreneur at Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) where she held managing director roles at global and European level both in London and Singapore. . She set up, ran and scaled several of their key client and product businesses and led several global M&A activities. Before joining the ScaleUp Institute she was Managing Director at the BBA responsible for Commercial Banking. She led the Business Finance Taskforce set up by the CEO’s of the UK banks which resulted in the creation of the BGF, the Enterprise Research Centre, the SME Finance Monitor, and Mentorsme as well as many other key export and business policy initiatives which Irene advised Government and industry on. She is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University and sits on the advisory boards of the UK Business Angel Association and Small Firms Enterprise and Development Initiative and Stratford Circus Arts Centre. www.scaleupreport.org/Scaleup-institute.pdf
Aaron Rosland Counsellor (Commercial – Ontario) High Commission of Canada
Aaron Rosland is a Canadian diplomat at the Canadian High Commission in London, UK, responsible for commercial relations between Ontario and the UK. He helps Ontario companies export to the UK while also enabling UK companies incubate their North American businesses in Ontario. Prior to working as a diplomat, Aaron worked in Government, Non-profits and independently across industry sectors in Asia, the Americas and Europe. Most notably, he personally opened branch offices for a Canadian organisation in 21 countries; this experience informs his work helping companies scale up internationally. He also sits on the board of the CanadaUK Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Economic Representatives in London. www.investinontario.com