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Canadian Fintech 2.0 Summit draws together innovation leaders and decision-makers

Expanded third annual conference includes $100,000 pitch battle, VIP speakers, reverse pitch battle

April 10, 2018, Montreal—Leading fintech start-ups will join major multinationals, global investors and financial institutions at the third annual Canadian Fintech 2.0 Summit, presented April 17-18 in Toronto, by the BDC IT Venture Fund in collaboration with MaRS Discovery District.

The summit, expanded this year to two days, includes a pitch battle with a $100,000 prize featuring 40 start-ups, VIP speakers talking about the latest trends and technologies, and for the first time, a reverse pitch battle. The reverse pitch battle is a competition between four global financial institutions, who each try to convince start-ups to partner with them.

“We’re very excited about this year’s summit, which brings together the most innovative leaders in the fintech ecosystem and champions Canada’s world-class talent in this area,” says Peter Misek, Partner of BDC’s IT Venture Fund. “Participants will have incredible opportunities for networking, learning, building relationships and fostering deal flow.”

“This event is a must for anyone who wants to keep on top of the break-neck developments in fintech and connect with top decision-makers and innovators in this field,” says Jeff Hindle, Managing Director, Finance and Commerce, MaRS . “It’s an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the exciting future of financial services and witness the deals and technologies that will shape fintech for years to come.”

Canadian Fintech 2.0 Summit, April 17-18, MaRS Discovery District

The summit includes:

  • A four-round pitch battle on April 17 featuring 10 companies per round.
  • Also on April 17, a reverse pitch battle
  • Keynote speeches by Erin Elofson (Facebook), Harinder Takhar (Paytm Labs), Adam Green (Google), Som Seif (Purpose Investments), Bill Clerico (WePay) and Michele Romanow (CBC Dragon’s Den and Clearbanc).
  • Panels on applied AI, real estate tech, lending, insurance tech, payments and crypto currency.
  • Presentations by later-stage companies.

The event takes place at the MaRS Discovery District, Lower Concourse, Auditorium, at 101 College Street in Toronto.

About BDC

BDC is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. It promotes Canadian entrepreneurship with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses. With its 118 business centres from coast to coast, BDC provides businesses in all industries with financing and advisory services. Its investment arm, BDC Capital, offers equity, venture capital and flexible growth and transition capital solutions. BDC is also the first first financial institution in Canada to receive B Corp certification. To find out more, visit bdc.ca.

About the IT Venture Fund

The BDC IT Venture Fund manages over $300 million in venture capital investments across Canada in early and mid-stage Internet, Mobile, Enterprise and Fintech companies. The Fund is one of the most successful funds in Canada and has won the Canadian Venture Capital Association Deal of the Year award three times in the last five years. The Fund’s team believes in building a close relationship with all of its companies and uses its expertise to help through all stages of growth.

About the MaRS Discovery District

MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) in Toronto is one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. Our purpose is to help innovators change the world. MaRS supports promising ventures tackling key challenges in the health, energy & environment, finance & commerce, and work & learning sectors as they start, grow and scale. In addition, the MaRS community fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration to drive breakthrough discoveries and new solutions to be adopted in Canada and beyond, growing our economy and delivering societal impact at scale.


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