On February 4th, 2014 IBM hosted Day 2 of the inaugural IBM Global Entrepreneur week with 44 in-person events around the world. In Toronto we officially launched the program with over 200 people in attendance.
It was quite a day! There was amazing energy, buzz, mentoring, keynotes, cool startup technologies and so much more!!!
We had a packed room with over 200 people in attendance.
Lila Adamec of IBM hosted an energy packed standing room only session with over 200 individuals in the entrepreneur community.
Theresa Laurico, SociaLIGHT provided a keynote address with some inspirational words for the attendees
Allen Lau, Wattpad kicked off the day with some great lessons for entrepreneurs.
Jeff Klink, Softlayer(an IBM Company) talked about their Catalyst Program
We then had some insights and lessons from Canada's Top Innovators and Entrepreneurs
Heather Payne, Founder, Ladies Learning Code and CEO of HackerYou, Satish Kanwar, Founder of Jet Cooper and Ali Ghafour, Founder of Viafoura were moderated by Sean Stanleigh of Report on Small Business, Globe and Mail. It was extremely informational for all.
We then had a second panel which was also extremely interactive Moderated by Sarah Vermunt of Forbes, Huffington Post, Careergasm. Our panelists were from a wide cross section. We had Eugene Bomba, Partner, Canadian Emerging Company Service Leaders - PwC, Andre Gerber, Director, Dentons Canada Startup Program, Jim Orlando, Managing Director, OMERS Ventures, Valerie Copland, BDM Toronto and East GTA, Canadian Youth Business Foundation. It was a very interactive session with many great questions.
Raul Chong, IBM then took the attendees through the IBM BLU offering.
Lila Adamec, Ecosystem Development Manager then went through the Global Entrepreneur Program.
Kim Soper, IBM then wrapped up the session with a great summary of the day.
Twitter was abuzz with comments from attendees at the session and we trended across Canada. Here is a small sampling of the tweets.
Thank you to all who attended and made this event amazing!!
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