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Techstars & Alacrity Canada – Between 2 Term Sheets Season 2 Episode 1

    Welcome to season 2 of Alacrity Canada’s podcast: Between 2 Term Sheets. Episode 1 features an inquiry-answering conversation between host Owen Matthews, and Tariq Haddadin, Program Manager at Techstars in Toronto.

    Listen to this episode to hear Tariq and Owen discuss:

    * The history and future plans for Techstars in Canada
    * Techstars’ accelerator process and success (1600 companies, 87% acquired or still active, and 17.7 BILLION market cap)
    * The three primary pillars Techstars looks for in companies (hint: team is one)
    * Tariq’s advice to entrepreneurs applying to Techstars and seeking investment + mistakes to avoid
    * and more
    The future (and present) is full of promise for Canada’s venture scene, and groups like Alacrity Canada and Techstars are driving this progress forward.

    About Tariq Haddadin

    Tariq is the Program Manager for Techstars Toronto, a city program and Techstars’ first accelerator in Canada.

    Prior to joining Techstars, Tariq was a Senior Associate with the Business Acceleration Program (BAP) at MaRS Discovery District. In his role, Tariq worked with a network of 17 Regional Innovation Centres committed to supporting technology entrepreneurs through advisory services, educational programming and access to capital. Additionally, Tariq managed grant funding programs focused on accelerating ventures by engaging key business talent that will help them reach their next growth milestones. Tariq also lead the program’s impact measurement and reporting as it relates to the support provided to 4,700 ventures in the Province of Ontario.

    More from Between 2 Term Sheets

    Catch up on all of season one of Between 2 Term Sheets here, including conversations with:
    * and many more
    Subscribe to Between 2 Term Sheets on your favourite podcast player to avoid missing out on the rest of season two. We have lots of exciting conversations with amazing guests coming up, including:
    * Jay Rhind from Vancouver Founder’s Fund
    * Margaret Wu from Georgian Partners
    * Vinny Pujji of Insight Venture Partners

    About the host – Alacrity Chairman Owen Matthews

    Owen joined Wesley Clover as a General Partner in 2004 and has invested in Echosec Systems, Encepta Corp., HYAS, Pretio Interactive, Referral SaaSquatch, Tutela Technologies, and Certn, among others.
    Prior to joining Wesley Clover, Owen founded NewHeights Software, a pioneer in enterprise unified communication software which was eventually acquired by CounterPath Corporation. With his love of tech and creating opportunities for young entrepreneurs, Owen co-founded the Alacrity Foundation. Alacrity provides an intense incubation environment to prepare graduates for entrepreneurship in the tech industry.

    About Alacrity Canada

    Alacrity Canada is a venture builder that supports driven entrepreneurs. We help create thriving companies & connect them to our global network of expert investors & mentors.
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