Meetup #26 - Why Your Startup Isn't Getting Funded and How To Change It


Did you know that there is a ton of money available in Canada for seed and early stage investment? Probably more than you can imagine or fathom. The problem is that there is a distinct disconnect in Canada between investors and startups; the investors are ready to write cheques and the startups are ready to receive funding; but it isn't happening often and both groups are scratching their heads.

Join us in an engaging panel discussion with some of the best and brightest minds in the startup scene to discuss where startups are missing the boat and what to do about it. Find out what is happening with our U.S. neighbours and why their startup eco-system is thriving with a much greater percentage of companies getting funded versus what is happening here in Canada. Hear opinions from all sides of the spectrum on what the challenges are and how to build a company that is more likely to get funding versus a never ending money pit that results in the collapse of a great idea.

Give / Ask Board

This meetup saw the introduction of a new method of sharing our needs, the Give / Ask board. 

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This was be a full-on panel presentation consisting:

DeanMcCallDean McCall
is a well-known catalyst in the Texas technology community and is a natural born connector and collaborative venture facilitator. Dean is currently CEO of Appficient Inc.; a mobile application development company based out of San Antonio, Texas. Dean also currently serves as an advisor for DFJ Mercury on seed and early-stage ventures in the area of technology and innovation. In 2006, Dean was recognized by the San Antonio Business Journal as one of the 40 most influential people under 40 years old.

Dean currently serves as either a board member or advisor to the following organizations: South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference, the Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship, University of Texas – San Antonio Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and San Antonio Technology Center. Dean is also currently an advisor to the following privately held companies: Grapevine,, and aTrack.

drhewittLaurence Hewick, MSc., Ph.D. is president of the Golden Horseshoe Venture Forum (GHVF). A local industry led venture group that bring new firms together with venture capital and professional services. Laurence has served as president for the past 5 years and before that as a Board member and corporate sponsor. GHVF has introduced more than 135 start-ups and growing companies to the local area over the past 10 years. Dr. Hewick also leads First Line Capital, an angel group who have invested locally for 6 years and have successfully taken firms through initial rounds of financing and participated in second rounds and successful exits.


Karen Grant, Executive Director at Angel One Investor Network Inc. The Angel One Investor Network is a members-only not-for-profit organization for accredited investors who live, work or have strong interests in Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton and surrounding  areas. The organization provides Angel Investors with opportunities to increase their exposure to quality pre-screened companies seeking capital, while at the  same time expanding their network of fellow investors.

robin hopperRobin Hopper. A serial entrepreneur, Robin has been founder and ceo of several venture backed start-up companies, the most recent of which was Awareness, Inc. – a pioneer in the social media marketing space.  Working with entrepreneurs and companies now allows Robin to leverage his extensive operational experience in raising angel and venture capital, product strategy, marketing and scaling organizations.

Andrew Holden

Andrew Holden, Chief Experience Officer (CXO) at Weever Apps Inc. Weever created a new service that turns almost any site into a true *web app* for iPhone, Blackberry Touch, Android and iPad - Instantly and affordably!



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Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: Why your startup isn't getting funded and how you can change it
Keynote Panelist: Dean McCall
ModeratorSelina Jane Eckersall, CMO | Mobile Warrior Princess, Appficient Inc.
Target Audience: Business Owners, Startups
Meetup Track: Business Growth: Marketing, Sales, Business Development, and Venture Capital
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 7pm
Location: Dueling Pianos / Wendel Clark's - Entertainment Central, 370 Dundas St. East, Oakville  |  Map:
How much it costs: Nothing but your time.

Pre-Event Q&A

Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the presenters in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.


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