February 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Rise New York
43 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10010

A Tale of Two Cities: Running a Tech Startup in Toronto and New York

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rise New York, 43 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

Flying time between NYC and Toronto is just over an hour, but starting a company–say a FinTech or RegTech firm– can be very different.

Take just setting up. How easy is it to get talent? What support does the government offer? What’s local networking like? How hard is it to find space?

And then there’s growing. How hard is it to get funded? When do you start thinking about crossing borders?

Hear from firms and incubators in both markets about the challenges and rewards of starting up a firm in each location, where we are today and what the future looks like.

With special thanks to event sponsor:



The Panelists

Jeff Hindle

Jeff Hindle

Managing Director, Fintech & Commerce, MaRS Discovery District

Jeff leads the MaRS Finance & Commerce sector in helping local ventures become global leaders who innovate across all aspects of financial services, including payments, regulation, inclusion, identification and settlement.

Prior to joining MaRS, Jeff was Global Principal at Mastercard International where he provided thought leadership on card, Automated Clearing House (ACH) and instant payments; digital financial services (customer journey and experience); financial inclusion; security; digital identity; and countrywide strategy.

Jeff’s 20 years of leadership experience spans three startups and four Fortune 100 firms in the communications, technology and financial service industries.

Jane Barratt

Jane Barratt

Founder and CEO, Goldbean

Jane Barratt is the founder & CEO of GoldBean. She is a long-term investor and champion of financial literacy.

Jane spent more than 20 years driving growth for Fortune 500 companies, including many Financial Services institutions.

Her frustration with the disconnect between personal consumption (which drives the economy) and personal finance (from which only the wealthy benefit) inspired her to become a registered investment advisor, to apply a more empowered, personal and data-driven approach to investing.

Dave Nugent

Dave Nugent

Head of Investments, Wealthsimple

Dave Nugent is Head of Investments at Wealthsimple, a leading digital investing service. Dave co-founded the company in 2014 and leads its B2B business. Wealthsimple operates in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and is backed by Power Financial Corporation, a global management and holding company.

Prior to joining Wealthsimple, Dave was an investment advisor with RBC Dominion Securities. Dave is a graduate of Huron University College at Western University and is a Portfolio Manager.

Kelly Fryer

Kelly Fryer

Program Manager, Barclays NYC, Techstars

Kelly Fryer is the Program Manager for Techstars’ Barclays Accelerator in NYC. Alongside the Managing Director, she recruits & selects top companies, oversees all activities in the accelerator program, and engages with founders to drive them toward success.  Kelly is especially interested in helping diverse founders to get access to the resources they need.

Prior to Techstars, Kelly received her MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, where she focused on Corporate Innovation strategies and Venture Development and spent several years running the custom index business for Bloomberg LP and building out their professional development strategy.

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