On June 26, Pycap CEO Stuart Browne, Pycap Operations Manager Amelia Dookhee and two interns travelled to Hanover, Grey County, Ontario. The purpose of the trip was for Stuart to instruct the region's government Economic Development Officers on how they can advise early stage companies in seeking funding for growth and development.
After the presentation the Pycap team received a tour of Grey County and learned about the many different industries and innovations domiciled in the region. These include companies that utilize artificial intelligence and internet of things to farm trout, a fully automated dairy farm equipped with robots to milk cows and detect health concerns, and ancillary businesses serving the nearby company Bruce Power, one of the worlds' largest nuclear power plants.
After a successful semester of Pycap Academy running its Venture Capital & Private Equity Course at the Schulich School of Business, Pycap CEO Stuart Browne and Operations Manager Amelia Dookhee participated in the convocation ceremony to congratulate their graduating students.
The Pycap Team was honoured to be a part of this experience and to have a positive impact on the students. Receiving endorsements such as "Your class ignited my passion in Venture Capital" and "I learned so much and loved the real world experience" as well as a course evaluation above the faculty mean helped validate the curriculum for Pycap and encouraged them to continue for the next semester.
Pycap got involved with Collision, one of the biggest tech conferences in the world. The City of Toronto invited Pycap to host a pub crawl for a large group of foreign tech attendees, leading them throughout numerous establishments in the downtown core.
Collision featured five main stages (and about a dozen smaller stages), 700 speakers, 1,100 startups and more than 25,000 attendees. Technologies featured at the event included artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented reality, blockchain, virtual reality, augmented reality and many others.
Lambton College's Bluewater Technology Access Centre and Cube Entrepreneurship hosted an Industry Breakfast Session with Pycap Venture Partners' CEO Stuart Browne. The presentation outlined several methods and strategies early-stage companies can use to source capital including those involving venture capital funds, angel investors, crowdfunding, government grants, and cryptocurrencies/security token offerings.
On April 26, 2019, Pycap CEO Stuart Browne was featured as a guest speaker panelist for Schulich CONNECT, an event held by the Schulich School of Business' MBA Alumni program. There were over 300 attendees who attended from all over the globe, many of whom enjoyed Stuart's talk on the current and future trends of venture capital and private equity.
Pycap CEO Stuart Browne joined judges from 500 Startups, Coinchange and other VC Funds to help select a winning Fintech company for the inaugural People's Choice Award at the 2019 FINTECH & FINANCING CONFERENCE.
In its 5th year, FFCON19 remains inclusive and one of the most engaging platforms in Canada for high growth and emerging startups-scaleups, professionals, regulatory bodies and ecosystem stakeholders to launch, build, connect, invest and scale the next generation of rising stars at the intersection of finance, technology, entrepreneurship and global digital markets.
The theme of FFCON19 is FEARLESS. The theme exudes the boldness of the fintech space where small players are challenging orthodoxy, going against convention and transforming the financial industry with fresh insights and thinking. Our mission is to drive all the advantages of technology to help transform the financial industry at home and abroad with innovative initiatives.
This means an emphasis on network effects, collaboration, thinking strategically and bold visions with a global appeal. If you are a fintech, blockchain, peer finance, AI innovator, investor or a company actively raising capital or key decision maker/stakeholder in technology and capital markets innovation initiatives and programs, FFCON19 is a must attend event.
Pycap joined Sci Innovation at City Hall on March 23 to help select leading tech companies with Pycap CEO acting as a judge. The event was put on by the Canadian branch of the China (Shenzhen) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, aiming to help foreign innovation and entrepreneurship projects connect with China.
The Sci Innovation Competition selected 20 companies to represent Canada at the China Shenzhen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition (IEIC) in April 2019. The ten finalists from the Sci Toronto competition will be awarded cash prizes of up to $20,000 CAD each, plus an expense-paid trip to compete at what has been called “The International Olympics of Entrepreneurship.”
The Canadian branch featured 20 finalists that have been selected through regional competitions in Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, and Montreal. Each competitor will pitch their projects to a panel of expert judges for a chance to win prizes from a pool of $2.09 million CAD.
Competition sectors included:
Pycap CEO Stuart Browne participated as a returning judge for the TiEQuest startup pitch competition on March 9. The TiEQuest screens over 100 entrepreneurs to compete over a $50,000 prize. Companies include those with technology and artificial intelligence solutions for the healthcare, financial services, accessibility, and other industries. Past participants have raised over $20 million collectively.
TiEQuest was put on by TiE Global. TiE Global is the largest non-profit organization. TiE connects the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem from early stage entrepreneurs, serial entrepreneurs, professionals at leading corporations, venture capital, angel investors, thought leaders among others. The organization emphasizes the spirit of giving in all aspects of their work.
There are currently 11,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 60 chapters across 17 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.
Pycap Venture Partners exhibited at the annual Cantech Investment Conference from January 29 to 30, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.
In its sixth year, this year’s conference has expanded from a one day event to two days with a bevy of speakers, exhibitors and industry experts for investors to connect with.
The Cantech Investment Conference featured more than 100 technology companies that span a wide range of industries, including: blockchain, cleantech, fintech and esports. The show had exhibitors in other sectors like biotech and pharma and, of course, cannabis.
Extending from the success of the Pycap Course at the University of Toronto, the Schulich School of Business at York University has now brought on Pycap to create the curriculum, administer and instruct its class Venture Capital & Private Equity for its Master of Business Administration and Master of Finance programs.
This course is primarily geared to students interested in working in venture capital or other private equity organizations at some point in their careers. It is also valuable for those who intend to work alongside venture capitalists as managers of firms being financed by such investors and for students interested in applying aspects of private equity investing to established organizations. The course is divided into twelve modules focusing on the venture capital cycle including fundraising, investing, and exiting. In the final module the course explores new frontiers in venture capital including corporate venturing.
Pycap - Community Partner for the SociaLIGHT Conference supporting Impact Investing & Entrepreneurship
Pycap did it's part to support impact investing and entrepreneurship as a Community Partner for the SociaLIGHT Conference on December 2 and 3. The annual SociaLIGHT Conference, which was held at the Elgin Theatre in downtown Toronto, brought together over 1000 entrepreneurs, start-ups, brands, government, influencers, business and community leaders to inspire action and innovation for positive global impact. Past speakers have included Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group, Seth Godin, author of 19 international best sellers, and John Tory, mayor of the city of Toronto.
Pycap Presents History and Future Trends of Security and Utility Tokens at the Toronto Blockchain Summit
Pycap CEO gave a presentation about how Blockchain technology makes cryptocurrencies possible, the history and potential future trends of initial coin offerings, utility tokens, security tokens and regulations at the Blockchain Summit.
The Blockchain Summit 2018 brought together a diverse range of experts who discussed all the opportunities, challenges and exciting possibilities in innovation and disruption that can be leveraged in Toronto using this technology.
National banks and regulators, exchanges and investment banks across the world are taking seriously the financial innovation of distributed ledger or block chain technology. The block chain, aka Trust Machine underpins "crypto currencies" such as Bitcoin; but it goes beyond digital money. It provides a shared, trusted, public ledger that everyone can inspect, but no single user controls. It is at the cusp of revolutionising international money transfers, trade finance, syndicated lending and collateral management, among other applications. As it allows for almost instantaneous payments and settlement, the potential impact on the role of traders, quants and other financial technologists cannot be underestimated.
The event featured an inspiring day of talks and workshops by professional speakers focused on Blockchain technology and Innovation.
This conference brought together Block Chain technologists in the finance sector, regulators, industry commentators, computer science researchers and others involved in financial innovation; these experts explore some of the technology and the many applications of Block chain in Financial Services.
Building on the success of the Financing an Early-Stage Company course Pycap created for the University of Toronto, Pycap is now conducting a course on the 'Foundations of Entrepreneurial Management'. This class teaches tactics, skills and strategies unique to Startups for building and scaling a successful business. Course material covers Lean Startup methodologies as well as material gathered through many experiences of the Pycap Team working with entrepreneurs.
This intensive 5 week course provides the latest entrepreneurial management techniques to accelerate start-up's growth with minimal risk. It provides all the practical fundamentals needed to begin the entrepreneurial journey. Students will learn how to craft an effective value proposition and draft a business model while getting customer and peer feedback to ensure they're on the right track.
Pycap CEO Stuart Browne was the Keynote Speaker for Startup Grind's event ICOs vs VCs. Stuart provided insight to 120 attendees about how companies can raise capital from Initial Coin Offerings and Security Token Offerings as well as Venture Capital.
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs and hosts monthly events in 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, & investors.
The 2018 Global Innovation Conference in Beijing hosted representatives and industry leaders in innovation from throughout Europe, North America and Asia. Pycap's CEO Stuart Browne presented opportunities for collaboration with the Venture Capital and Tech Sectors of China and Canada for mutual economic expansion.
As an example of the potential of Canada's innovation, Stuart showcased a Pycap portfolio company that is involved in bringing artificial intelligence to the agricultural industry - an opportunity with enormous potential within the Chinese market and beyond as it has the capacity to dramatically improve crop yields and decrease farming costs while having a positive impact on the environment.
Pycap met with a major Chinese Tech Park Incubator to establish collaboration guidelines on facilitating Canadian tech companies to expand their market share into China. The program would allow Canadian entrepreneurs to relocate to Beijing for 12 months and receive guidance, mentorship, and introductions to key industry players within their sector.
Pycap CEO Stuart Browne joined Chinese delegates at one of Slovenia's leading robotics labs to explore collaboration opportunities for investment deal flow.
Slovenia, represents a bridge between the Western Balkans and Europe. At the same time the young nation could be described as a success story in regard to the development of robotics. The robot density for Slovenian manufacturing is 90 robots per 10,000 persons employed – the European average is 82 industrial robots per 10,000 employees. The average global density is 66. The most robotized sector by far is the automotive industry with 636 robots per 10,000 workers. Slovenia plays an important part in the development of European robotics with its ability to assume the leading role in setting up a network of “innovation hubs”. All the major players in robotics like Fanuc, Yaskawa, ABB or Kuka are active on the Slovenian market, despite its relatively small size.
The Honourable Tadej Splapnik, head of the Slovenian Prime Minister's Cabinet met with Stuart Browne, CEO of of Toronto-based VC Firm Pycap Venture Partners to continue discussions on how Slovenia and Canada can collaborate within its tech sectors to improve economic growth.
As the tech sector is seen as having the fastest growth potential, supporting market expansion into both countries can be a way to increase employment and GDP for both regions, as was concluded by Browne within the meeting.
Pycap is currently working with partner incubators and funds and other industry partners within Central & Eastern Europe to help startups within both regions.
Pycap's CEO Stuart Browne joined investors from China at a Startup Pitch Event where 12 entrepreneurs presented their technologies. Sectors included artificial intelligence for drone use in land surveys, blockchain applications for smart contracts and language translation, and robotics for physical therapy.