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.