September 29, 2010 12:03 ET

Media Advisory: Ontario Venture Summit Focuses on Taking Companies from the "Basement to the Boardroom"

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2010) -


The Ontario Venture Summit (OVS) gets underway on Wednesday, October 6th at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. This two-day event is an excellent platform for pre-selected companies to present their business cases for early- and middle-stage financing to an audience of debt and equity investors including merchant bankers, angel investors and corporate investors, venture capitalist and private equity partners, analysts, entrepreneurs and government representatives from the U.S. and Canada. The event also provides exclusive occasions for investor networking and connecting on deal flow and investment opportunities.

Jason Flick, President and Founder YOUi Labs, one of sixteen presenting companies at the 14th annual OVS, explains "Events like the Ontario Venture Summit are excellent opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors to come together, network and learn more about each other. We are always looking for good venues at which to tell our exciting story, and we look forward to doing so at this Summit."

According to Michelle Scarborough, Vice President, Investment and Commercialization, "This year, we've seeing more activity out of angels and late stage investors, new funds are being formed for early investments and more seed investments are being made. Q4 feels like open season in Canada for risk capital and next week looks like investment week in our region and across Ontario. It starts with Carleton University hosting a VC event on Tuesday followed by the Ontario Venture Summit, the premier risk capital event in eastern Canada."


Keynote Speakers Presenting Companies Panel Discussions

Mark Ruddock,
Serial Entrepreneur,
Former CEO, Viigo (sold to Research in Motion); Former CEO & Founder, INEA
(sold to Cartesis Group)
Matthew Strauss,
Senior Strategist, Fixed Income and Currencies, Vice President, RBC Capital Markets
Robert Finkel,
President, Prism Capital, Author, "Masters of Private Equity and Venture Capital"
Link to all here.

Cine Flow
Karos Health
Client Outlook
SPARQ Systems Inc.
Chinook Mobile Heating and Deicing Corporation

Government Financing Strategies for Entrepreneurs
Angels and Entrepreneurs
The Right Investor: VC or Strategic?
Realistic Exits
Technology Trends
New financing models in Canada and the U.S.
Link to all here.
WHEN: Wednesday October 6th from 7:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  Thursday October 7th from 7:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  Detailed Agenda
WHERE: Fairmont Chateau Laurier
  1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

About OCRI:

Leading the way for Ottawa, OCRI is the city's economic development agency. OCRI is the rallying point to bring business, education, research and talent together to create the winning economic conditions that allow Ottawa's knowledge-based companies to thrive locally and compete globally. At OCRI we promote sustainable economic development to maintain our high quality of life. For more information on OCRI visit our website at www.ocri.ca and for more information on the Ottawa Region please visit www.ottawaregion.com. In 2010, Ottawa was named one of the world's top seven intelligent communities by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

Contact Information

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    Kim Cunningham
    Manager, External Communications
    613-828-6274 ext. 256
    Cell: 613-851-0768