Charlotte recently graduated from McGill University with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Modern European History. Her multidisciplinary studies explored international economic and power relations, with a strong interest for international and non-governmental institutions decision-making. A social entrepreneurship passionate, Charlotte also was Coordinator and Co-Chair of SLASummit, an NPO and an emerging Montreal-based incubator for social projects in Latin America that challenges young people to rethink international development.
LP Maurice is the CEO & co-founder of Busbud, a venture-backed e-commerce startup focused on intercity bus travel. Previously, LP worked in Silicon Valley at Yahoo, LinkedIn and Radar Networks (acquired) after completing his MBA at Harvard Business School.
Gabriel is Real Venture’s Director of Platform. Prior to joining Real Ventures, Gabriel spent seven years in the hedge fund industry leading product development and fund management at Capitalogix, a Dallas based software startup turned quantitative hedge fund.
Satish is a Director of Product at Shopify in Toronto, the world’s leading commerce platform for retailers selling online, in-store, and on the go. He is an active speaker, mentor, and contributor in the Canadian startup community and the previous Co-Chair of TEDxToronto. He tweets on lean startups, interesting reads, and good coffee.
Lauren is the Global Operations Director for HIGHLINE, a pre-seed VC with offices in Vancouver and Toronto. Previously she headed operations at Extreme Startups, where she led Toronto + NYC programming executions, managed portfolio operations and created new founder development initiatives.
Project Manager, Credo
A recent graduate from Yale University, Kara works as a project manager at Credo Productions, a company providing project-management services for impact projects. At Yale she co-founded Yale College’s Net Impact chapter, the school’s largest undergraduate social entrepreneurship organization where she oversaw the creation of a consulting team, an MBA mentorship program and the university’s first social sector recruitment fair, among other projects. When she’s not dreaming up the next innovative project she wants to work on, she can be found consulting on questions related to education, innovation and attracting talent. This year, she is coordinating the Canada-wide edition of Startup Open House.
CEO & Co-founder, Busbud
LP Maurice is the CEO & co-founder of Busbud, a venture-backed e-commerce startup focused on intercity bus travel. Previously, LP worked in Silicon Valley at Yahoo, LinkedIn and Radar Networks (acquired) in product management, marketing and business development. LP holds an MBA from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Corporate Law from the University of Montreal and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from HEC Montreal. LP is co-director of the Founder Institute in Montreal. He is also the co-founder of Entrepreneurs Anonymous group, co-founder and co-organizer of the Startup Open House event, and founder of non-profit project GeoDonation. LP mentors at Founder Fuel, Startup Weekend, The Next 36 and Institut du Nouveau Monde. LP is a 2014 NYC Venture Fellow and recently spoke at TedX. He also serves as VP of the HBS Club of Montreal and the Harvard Club of Quebec. LP is based in Montreal and New York City.
Director of Platform, Real Ventures
Gabriel is Real’s Director of Platform. He focuses on fund management, platform development, as well as supporting our portfolio companies with data and product analysis. Prior to joining Real Ventures, Gabriel spent seven years in the hedge fund industry leading product development and fund management at Capitalogix, a Dallas based software startup turned quantitative hedge fund. Recently back from the US, Gabriel has become an active member of the Montreal startup scene, instigating or organizing several community initiatives including Startup Drinks, Startup Open House, and the Notman House.
Stikeman Elliott, Co-Founder of Comité Pour Entrepreneurs
Catherine works in corporate law at Stikeman Elliott and is the co-founder and co-president of Comités pour Entrepreneurs – a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs by matching them with professionals – as well as the co-founder of Startup Open House. After obtaining a bachelor in Commerce and Chinese from McGill University, Catherine worked as an investment banking analyst at BMO Capital Markets in Toronto and later at Quam Capital in Hong Kong. Catherine then completed a law degree at McGill University and worked in the legal department of Investments PSP and at the Quebec Securities Tribunal.
Director of Product, Shopify
Satish is a Director of Product at Shopify, the world’s leading commerce platform for retailers selling online, in-store, and on the go. Previously, Satish co-founded a design agency called Jet Cooper, a user experience agency that designs smart, capable and beautiful applications for web, mobile and tablet, that was acquired in 2013 by Shopify. He is also an active speaker, mentor, and contributor in the Canadian startup community. He is the Co-Organizer of Lean Coffee Toronto and previous Co-Chair of TEDxToronto. He tweets on lean startups, interesting reads, and good coffee.
Director of Platform, HIGHLINE
Alexander is Director of Platform at HIGHLINE, a Canadian based pre-seed vc with offices in Toronto and Vancouver. When he’s not meeting future investments, he spends his time devising tools that improve internal operations, advising portfolio companies on product matters and finding better ways to support entrepreneurs. Before this, he headed special projects at Real Ventures, Canada’s largest seed stage vc fund. Prior to that, he helped some of the world’s largest brands innovate at Sid Lee.
Global Operations Director, HIGHLINE
Lauren is the Global Operations Director for HIGHLINE, a pre-seed VC with offices in Vancouver and Toronto. She evaluates deal flow, manages the portfolio, oversees national programming, grows key partnerships and helps drive new platform initiatives to better support portfolio founders. Previously she headed operations at Extreme Startups, where she led Toronto + NYC programming executions, managed portfolio operations and created new founder development initiatives. Prior to that, she spent the early part of her career in Investment Banking, helping companies drive growth through mergers, acquisitions & equity financing. Lauren gets excited about blending her past enterprise transactional experience and global entrepreneurial ambitions to help startups and corporates connect to spark innovation. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Founder, J’entreprends Québec
With 10 years of experience working on technology-based projects for Fortune 50 companies, Keith is an expert in web technologies unique to Quebec. With a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Québec at Trois-Rivière and just 33 years old, Keith has gained the trust and respect of his peers because of his energy, his sense of responsibility, and his exceptional team spirit. In October 2014, Keith also launched “J’entreprends Québec” a hub that brings together the main actors in the Quebec tech scene who want to contribute to building the future of the community.
The Communitech Hub is the clubhouse for the Waterloo Region tech community. Their mission is to help companies at all stages overcome key barriers to success. With 50,000+ square feet dedicated to world-leading collaboration and innovation, they bring together key players—from startups and global brands, to government agencies, academic institutions, tech incubators and accelerators—to create an environment like no other. Communitech is about backing the entrepreneur and helping to create more successful tech companies.
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Everyone. EVERYONE! This really is an open house: come one, come all! That being said, the visit will be particularly relevant if you consider yourself as being part of one or more of the following groups:
- Young professionals (bring business cards!)
- Talent looking for jobs/internships (bring your resumé!)
- Curious people interested in learning more about startups
Just make sure to register here to reserve your spot!
We want to make sure that Startup Open House is accessible for all in order to let everyone discover the startup world so the event is free! We do, however, appreciate your support whether it be through participation, exposure, or contributions. Please visit your city’s event page for more information.
Yes! Both startups and participants need to sign up to reserve a spot for Startup Open House. Have a look at the relevant tab to know more about the registration process!
Clearly, the concept of a startup is somewhat nebulous. We understand it may not be crystal clear what companies fall inside or out of the realm of the event. That being said, we like to focus on:
- Companies that self-identify as “startups” – companies participating in the construction of the ecosystem, hanging out at startup meet-ups, contributing to the diversity and richness of our community by participating in local events.
- Companies of all sizes – but they must have an office!
- Companies that disrupt the current industry and promise growth by way of an innovative product or model.
The idea behind Startup Open House is, as hinted by the name, to open up our vibrant startup communities for visitors to discover. We are hoping this will help all of us gain more visibility among the general public, and to make great connections in the process. The workplaces where startups grow are often the best places to learn about the company’s work, its mission, and its culture!
Many of our friends were showing growing interest for startups and the possibility of working at a startup. So we figured this would be a good way to show them what startups are actually like.
Also, the event draws inspiration from the very successful Portes Ouvertes Design Montreal, where 110 design firms opened up their doors. More than 20,000 human connections were made over 2 days in May 2013. We also discovered later that some YCombinator startups also organized a similar “distributed open house” event in San Francisco a few years ago too.
Each startup will welcome you differently. All you should expect is an open door. And great people. If you want to get a hint at what the startup is planning, check them out on twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. They often share what they are up to!
Directly in the offices of startups in your neighborhood and across Canada. That’s what makes the event so different – there’s as many venues as there are startups! You get to learn about their work by seeing where they do it!
The answer is, it all depends on: their location, your goal going in, who you meet, etc. That being said, I wouldn’t count on visiting more than 6 or 7 during the full 5-hour time slot.
On your city page you can use our Path Builder tool to learn more about the types of companies participating. Do your homework, do some research, you’ll enjoy the event more!
If you are interested in a particular area, visit our “thematic tours” within the Path Builder tool that we have developed for you. We created this course for people who are curious about specific industries, while still including different types of startups.
Simply put: Make connections and gain visibility from peeps outside the usual startup circuit (including potential hires or new customers), all the while helping grow this wonderful community of ours.
Promote, promote, promote! Get the word out through your networks, your personal social media pages and the company’s official channels! The more the merrier!
Oh, and it would be awesome if you could contribute to making your open house a really unique experience for participants through the organization of activities like demos or presentations, something that really speaks to your awesomeness!
Find the startup in question on the city page you will be attending and you will see an icon indicating whether the building is wheelchair accessible or not!
Awesome! Thanks for helping us get the word out. Drop us a line at email@example.com and make sure to add to the subject what city you want to report on or “national” for the Canada-wide event.