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Missed 48Hrs in the Valley? We’ve got you covered!

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


Wednesday 10.21.2020

– John Stackhouse‘s latest op-ed for the Globe and Mail, highlighting the strength of the 2MM+ Canadian expat community, also explored in his new book Planet Canada: How Our Expats Are Shaping the Future 

Hi Michael,

It’s been a minute since we’ve said hello in your inbox! We thought it was about time to break the ice and share with you some exciting things happening in the C100 community. In this newsletter, we’ll be covering some highlights from our signature 48Hrs in the Valley event (but make it virtual because, well, 2020 right?) and news in the C100 community.

Stay tuned for programming announcements for the rest of the year and 2021, and if you aren’t already 😉, join today to be a member to access other member-exclusive opportunities by clicking here.

All the best,

The C100 Team

48HRS IN THE VALLEY HIGHLIGHTS

This year, we had nearly 250 C100 Charter Members, Members, and Partners join our 2020 cohort from all corners of the globe including Hong Kong, London, UK, Toronto, Whitehorse, the Bay Area, Montreal & more!

As we shifted in-person programming online, we send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended, participated and supported this year’s 48Hrs In the Valley (virtual) program. If you happened to miss this year’s event, here are some highlights (and requested C100 Canadiana playlist!).

FEATURED SPEAKERS

  • Harley Finkelstein, President at Shopify, answered questions from this year’s cohort

  • Jonathan Ehrlich, Partner at Foundation Capital, spoke on debunking prevailing “Silicon Valley Wisdom” and the importance of thinking big

  • Patrick Pichette, Chairman of the Board at Twitter & Oleg Rogynskyy, Founder & CEO of People.ai spoke on building your leadership team and the importance of thinking of diversity and inclusion in the early stages.

  • Patrick Spence, CEO at Sonos & Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder & Chairman at the BoardList touched on the critical task of cultivating company culture.

  • Chris Albinson Anthony Lee, C100 Co-Founders reflected on the successes of the past 10 years and challenged our cohort of founders to be the next Canadian leaders to elevate Canada.

THIS YEAR’S COHORT

Didn’t get a chance to see this year’s cohort? Read more about them in our latest post and why it was important to gather virtually for this year’s 48Hrs in the Valley, amidst a global pandemic. ​

IN THE NEWS

🎉   Congratulations to Toronto-based fintech company Clearbanc for hiring Silicon Valley JP Morgan Veteran & C100 Charter Member, Curt Sigfstead, as CFO. We’re thrilled to see our friends and valued members of the C100 community team up to accelerate Clearbanc’s mission!

📖 John Stackhouse, SVP Office of the CEO at RBC, has released his latest book, Planet Canada: How Our Expats Are Shaping the Future & wrote a call-to-arms op-ed  in the Globe and Mail on how Canada can (and should) tap into it’s valuable community of 2MM+ Canadians overseas.

🛎️ Pivotree, tech services company based in Toronto that manages e-commerce operations for medium to large companies, company led by C100 Member Bill Di Nardohas nearly doubled the size of its IPO in response to red-hot remains from institutional investors.

🦄 Toronto-based fintech Wealthsimple has updated its status to: Unicorn. Congratulations to 48Hrs ‘15 alumnus Michael Katchen and team on closing their latest round of US$87 million from TVC, earning it a valuation at more than US$1 billion.

🏆  Congratulations to Dr. Ossama Hassanein, Chairman of Rising Tide VC, on being awarded the 2020 Drucker Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Drucker Institute in Seoul, South Korea!

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Looking to connect with some of the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders? From mentorship and investment, to participating in high-value events like 48Hrs in the Valley and intimate gatherings (yes, even virtually!), C100 is here to support you.

C100’s mission is to support, inspire, and connect the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders through mentorship, investment, partnership, & talent. Apply today using the link below! If you have any questions, our team is here to help!

Thank You to Our Partners

Foundational Partners

Corporate Partners

48Hrs has Gone Virtual! Join as a Member to Tune In Oct 6-7

A newsletter from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


Upcoming C100 Virtual Events

48Hrs in the Valley 

October 6-7, 2020

We’re excited to be hosting this year’s 48Hrs in the Valley virtually and look forward to welcoming members, partners and 48Hrs alumni founders to join us in supporting the 26 companies selected for our 2020 cohort. We hope you will  get to know them better over the course of the next month through our “Meet the Founders” campaign.

This event is open to all members, partners and 48Hrs Alumni. If you are interested in joining us, please consider joining as a member. Learn more about C100 membership here.

If you are interested in supporting any of these founders through mentorship, venture guidance, or thought leadership, please fill out the interest form below and our team will be in touch to find ways to work together.

Become a Member & Make an Impact

C100’s mission is to support, inspire, and connect the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders through mentorship, investment, partnership, and talent.

Our members form the preeminent, global community of visionary Canadian entreprenenurs, operators and investors. Each brings something rich and unique to our ecosystem and fuels C100’s role in supporting global Canadians as they build high-impact careers and remarkable organizations. 

Play a more active role the C100 ecosystem and benefit from opportunities for personal and professional development. Consider supporting C100’s mission as a member.

Community News & Events

Techstars Toronto Demo Day Live

September 3, 2020

Techstars Toronto is graduating its 3rd class of startups on September 3rd.  Following on the successes of the first two classes which featured companies such as Cinchy, Senso, Inkblot, Korapay, Doorr, Flow.ai and many more, Techstars Toronto is pleased to invite you to meet 10 incredible companies from across Canada and around the world, all of who will now call Toronto home.

Thank You to Our Partners

Foundational Partners

Corporate Partners

48Hrs in the Valley ‘Meet the Founders’ Series Starts Today | Become A Member of C100

An item from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


48Hrs in the Valley: “Meet the Founders” Series

We have launched a new series in connection with our 2020 48Hrs in the Valley program called “Meet the Founders”. Beginning this week, we are featuring the 26 founders participating in our flagship program for early-stage entrepreneurs. Follow C100 on Twitter to meet each of the founders, from Whitehorse to Toronto, Hong Kong to NYC.

We look forward to introducing them to you over the coming weeks through this social media series. If you are interested in supporting any of the founders featured, please send us a note at connect@thec100.org.

Upcoming C100 Virtual Events

[C100 Member Exclusive]  Healthcare Virtual Roundtable

Tuesday, August 25 @ 4pm PT/ 7pm ET 

Join Travis Murdoch, a physician and Investment Director at Softbank Investment Advisors,  EC Caley, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Poppy, a startup focused on genomics and infectious disease, and Rich Osborn, Managing Partner at Telus Ventures to discuss disruption in Healthcare, the evolving ways Health-tech companies will access their customers and partners, the increasing role of value-based care, and non-traditional entrants into this space.

We hope you will join us for a spirited discussion. We plan to convene as a group and then split everyone into small groups, moderated by the discussion leaders below, with the ability for attendees to upvote and choose discussion topics.

Become a Member & Make an Impact

C100’s mission is to support, inspire, and connect the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders through mentorship, investment, partnership, and talent.

Our members form the preeminent, global community of visionary Canadian entreprenenurs, operators and investors. Each brings something rich and unique to our ecosystem and fuels C100’s role in supporting global Canadians as they build high-impact careers and remarkable organizations. 

Play a more active role the C100 ecosystem and benefit from opportunities for personal and professional development. Consider supporting C100’s mission as a member.

Thank You to Our Partners

Foundational Partners

Corporate Partners

Announcing C100’s New Board Members | Meet the Founders & Share their Story

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


48Hrs in the Valley: “Meet the Founders” Series

We’re excited to launch a new series in connection with our 2020 48Hrs in the Valley program called “Meet the Founders”. Beginning August 3rd until the end of September, we’ll be featuring the 26 founders participating in our flagship program for early-stage entrepreneurs. Follow C100 on Twitter to meet each of the founders, from Whitehorse to Toronto, Hong Kong to NYC.

We look forward to introducing them to you over the coming weeks through this social media series. If you are interested in supporting any of the founders featured, please send us a note at connect@thec100.org.

Announcing C100’s Newest Board Directors!

C100 is pleased to announce three incoming members to the Board of Directors: Angela TranMichael Hershfield and Kim Fennell. They have all led remarkable careers in technology and are excited to support the C100 mission and our future growth. We’re grateful for their commitment and welcome them to the C100 leadership.

Angela Tran

General Partner at Version One Ventures

San Francisco Bay Area

Michael Hershfield

Global Vice President of Inside Sales at WeWork

New York, NY

Kim Fennell

Managing Director at Fleet Hill Ventures

San Francisco Bay Area

Become a Member & Make an Impact

C100’s mission is to support, inspire, and connect the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders through mentorship, investment, partnership, and talent.

Our members form the preeminent, global community of visionary Canadian entreprenenurs, operators and investors. Each brings something rich and unique to our ecosystem and fuels C100’s role in supporting global Canadians as they build high-impact careers and remarkable organizations. 

Play a more active role the C100 ecosystem and benefit from opportunities for personal and professional development. Consider supporting C100’s mission as a member.

Community News & Opportunities

Calling all Life Sciences Professionals: C100’s partner, Silicon Valley Bank, is recruiting volunteers to participate in a Life Sciences Mentorship Program 

Life Sciences professionals are invited to participate in a two-hour virtual networking session this fall to meet with entrepreneurs leading early-stage Life Sciences startups. If you meet a founder or company that you can help, the choice is yours to engage in a more robust relationship thereafter. SVB is leading this initiative with Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) to support its mission of fostering commercial success for Ontario’s life science sector. To participate, RSVP to Anne Woods, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank Canada at awoods@svb.com

Members making the news: Toronto-based fintech company Clearbanc (48Hrs ’17) launched a valuation tool that allows e-commerce entrepreneurs to determine the value of their business in 24 hours for freeWatch Clearbanc co-founder & C100 Member Michele Romanow’s interview on Cheddar here.

Thank You to Our Partners

Foundational Partners

Corporate Partners

A Decade of Transformation + Upcoming Members Event: Insider’s Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


Canada transformed itself as a global tech player over the past decade. How can Canadians everywhere help sustain momentum now?

Together with our Foundational Partners, C100’s team has published a white paper on 10-year trends on investment and talent in Canada. We tracked the incredible momentum and put out a call to action as we enter what has already been a challenging new decade for Canadian entrepreneurs. So what did we find?

  • Consistent VC investment in Canada growth year-over-year, with the greatest uptick ever in 2019 with 40% growth
  • Canadian VC five- & ten-year returns are closing the gap with U.S. counterparts
  • Large funds ($100M+) grew significantly from 3 in 2014 to 14 now (avg. size grew 52%)
  • Canada now welcomes 5x the number of skilled immigrants as a percentage of its population than does the U.S. and Canadian cities have more available workers per startup AND per dollar raised than the U.S.
  • But, Canada still has some hurdles to clear to compete for top talent. Canadian tech executives earn, on average, $87,000 less/year than their US counterparts.

Macro-risks are ever present, but opportunities abound for Canada to lead in the next decade. Community is everything! Have a read, celebrate the momentum, and help C100 get Global Canadians engaged in helping  rebuild the economy back home.

UPCOMING VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLES

[C100 Member Exclusive]  An Insider’s Guide to M&A

Thursday, July 16 @ 9am PT/12pm ET 

Join Corporate Development and M&A leaders from Shopify and Facebook, as well as a 48Hrs in the Valley founder whose company was acquired by Xero to understand both sides of the “acquisition table”. Hear why companies should be building relationships with corporate development teams even if not thinking about an acquisition in the near future, the challenges of combining different cultures during integration, and how CEOs can work with acquirers to build bigger and more successful businesses. Joining this discussion are Bram Sugarman, Director of Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships at ShopifyLara Cumberland, VP M&A Integration at Facebook; and Jamie Shulman, Co-Founder and CEO of Hubdoc which was acquired by Xero in 2018. This session will be moderated by Terry Doyle, GM International at Checkr.

BECOME A MEMBER & MAKE AN IMPACT

C100’s mission is to support, inspire, and connect the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders through mentorship, investment, partnership, and talent.

Our members form the preeminent, global community of visionary Canadian entreprenenurs, operators and investors. Each brings something rich and unique to our ecosystem and fuels C100’s role in supporting global Canadians as they build high-impact careers and remarkable organizations. 

Play a more active role the C100 ecosystem and benefit from opportunities for personal and professional development. Consider supporting C100’s mission as a member.

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

FOUNDATIONAL PARTNERS

CORPORATE PARTNERS