July 15, 2019 - Mind Over Grind
This summer we're partnering with Sensibill to organize Mind Over Grind, a 5K run to bring together Toronto start-ups and raise awareness about mental health in the tech community. Money raised from the event will be donated to CAMH, Canada's largest mental health hospital. If you can't make it for the run, you can still donate to the cause at this link: http://bit.ly/2OcbjaX
July 10, 2019 - We have extended the CIX Top 20 and CIX Top 10 submission deadline to Wednesday, July 24.
Due to a Record Number of Submissions to CIX Top 20 Early and CIX Top 10 Growth awards,
We have extended the deadline to Wednesday, July 24.
No further extensions will be provided.
Submit your early or growth stage Canadian tech company to the CIX TOP 20 Early or CIX TOP 10 Growth program - Canada's largest national showcase of the hottest and most innovative tech companies.
Check out the submission guidelines for eligibility and application process. No cost to submit. Our jury is looking for standout and disruptive companies based on Business Model, Quality of Product and Service Offering, Innovation, Market Opportunity, and Depth of Management.
Submit your company to take centre stage at CIX in October!
Finish your application by 11:59 PM July 24, 2019
June 26, 2019 - Meet CIX 2019 Advisory Board Co-Chairs: Alison Nankivell & Kirk Simpson
Vice President, Fund Investments and Global Scaling
Alison currently serves as Vice President, Fund Investments and Global Scaling for BDC Capital, the risk capital subsidiary of the BDC. She leads BDC Capital's fund investments activity and is responsible for their cross border venture strategy to support its most high potential investee companies to grow both their business and investment partners in the Asia region.
Co-Founder & CEO
In 2010, Kirk co-founded Wave, and has since guided the company to 400,000 active small businesses registered, 250+ people on the Wave team, and over $100 million in funding raised from investors around the world. Under Kirk, Wave has won numerous awards for leadership, culture, and innovation, including the Deloitte Fast 50, the KPMG Fintech 100, and Great Place to Work Canada.
June 19, 2019 - LIGHTSPEED NAMED CIX 2019 'INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR' RECIPIENT
Montreal-based Global POS Provider wins award for transforming the retail and hospitality industries
Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Lightspeed POS provides an easy-to-use, omni-channel commerce-enabling platform. The Company's software platform provides its customers with the critical functionalities they need to engage with consumers, manage their operations, accept payments, and grow their business. Lightspeed operates globally in approximately 100 countries, empowering single- and multi-location small- and medium-sized businesses to compete successfully in an omni-channel market environment by engaging with consumers across online, mobile, social, and physical channels. Founded in 2005, the Company has grown to over 800 employees, with global offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia.
On March 8, Lightspeed POS went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange and shares closed 20 per cent higher, making it the most successful initial public offering by a Canadian technology company in almost a decade. The surge pushed Lightspeed's market value to about $1.7 billion.
For Lightspeed's founder, it is more about the responsibility of being a national figure and making a difference.
"We are transforming the global retail and hospitality industries," says Dax Dasilva, Founder & CEO, Lightspeed. "This award is a huge honor for me and the entire Lightspeed team."
The CIX Innovator of the Year Award is given annually to a Canadian company that disrupts and transforms an industry in profound ways. "Celebrating Canada's tech industry successes is hugely important which we don't do enough of as a country. We are proud to present this award to Lightspeed," says Lauren Linton, Executive Director of CIX. "Dax is a role model leader on so many levels; his belief in the power of diversity, staying in Canada, giving back and not selling out." Past recipients of the Award have included ecobee, Real Matters, Wattpad, Shopify, Vision Critical and Desire2Learn.
Inovia Capital is an investor in Lightspeed POS and has participated in four financing rounds beginning in 2012.
"We are proud to have supported Dax and the entire Lightspeed team over the past six years. "says Chris Arsenault, General Partner at Inovia capital. "They continue to bring true innovation and a competitive edge to independent businesses in local communities, even as they reach for global growth. Lightspeed's choice to file an IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange is a sign of its commitment to the Canadian tech ecosystem. Whether it's in regards to its business approach, its technology, or its vision for uplifting SMBs — Lightspeed has started a new chapter for Canadian technology and innovation."
Dax Dasilva will accept the award on behalf of Lightspeed POS and share his story and insight as the opening keynote speaker with Chris Arsenault on October 16 at CIX in Toronto.
May 1, 2019 - CALL FOR SPEAKERS
Interested in speaking at CIX? Let us know!
Send an email to CIXspeaker@brunico.com with the following info:
• Speaker Name
• Speaker Title
• Speaker Company
• Speaker's Topics of Interest
• Speaker Bio
• Session Ideas (Topics you would like to pitch for this speaker, if applicable)
• Supporting Materials (Additional Speaker Details, Session Ideas, Etc.)
Please note that due to the high volume of requests, we may not be able to respond to all speaker and content submissions. We appreciate your interest in CIX and will be in touch if we have any questions.
May 1, 2019 - EXPANSION IN 2019
NEW IN 2019 - CIX has expanded to include a separate awards program for Growth-stage companies! CIX now has two awards categories:
The CIX TOP 20 Early program for companies with net revenue less than CA $5 million or who have raised less than $10 million and the CIX TOP 10 Growth program for later stage companies.
With this expansion, the CIX TOP programs are Canada's largest national showcase of the hottest and most innovative tech companies.
The deadline to apply is: 11:59 PM July 15, 2019.
May 1, 2019 - 2019 Website launched
Now in its 12th year, CIX is Canada's largest curated startup investment conference. Invited attendees are founders and CEOs of Canada's most innovative early and growth-stage tech companies and global investors and corporates.
CIX is the 'must attend' event to connect with Canada's most promising startups and get deals done.
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April 17, 2019 - CIX - Canadian Innovation Exchange is expanding in 2019
CIX is adding a curated program for growth and later stage companies, CIX Top 10 Growth and the original CIX Top 20 Early will focus on early stage companies.