Volume 03 | July 2023

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 🗽 Finance Retreat Re-Cap 🗽

In May, Cohort 8 travelled to New York City for our Finance Retreat, where we enjoyed two days of speaker sessions, interactive workshops, networking events and the city's vibrant energy. We're happy to report the event was a great success.


The retreat featured world-class speakers who led sessions focused on scale-up finance, accounting, data-driven decision making, working with VCs, and much more. We'd like to thank our speakers, including:

  • Sloan Gaon: Navigating the Management Tornado: Setting Goals and Scaling Your Business for Success
  • Emily Mikailli: Evidence-Based HR: Make Better Business Decisions and Reduce Skepticism  
  • Mark Peter Davis: Growth-Stage Hacks
  • Aditya Dehejia: What Determines a Successful Business: Unit Economics and Scaling Efficiently
  • Dan Miner: Metrics and Operational Levers for Driving Financial Performance
  • Andrew Flett and Anand Radhakrishnan: Strategic Finance and Accounting for Entrepreneurs
  • David Gleason: Demystifying Data and How to Avoid Scale-Up Data Traps
  • Samer Hamadeh: The Right Data for Every Occasion: How to Use Data to Communicate Effectively with Company Stakeholders

And special shout-out to Anastasia Hambali from BOAST for joining us as a program mentor and helping our founders find the best capital stack to scale their companies.

We hope everyone enjoyed the retreat as much as we did. We had a great time connecting and learning together. We're already excited for our next gathering in Toronto September 27-29.

💡 Two-minute Insight 💡

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Professor Nicola Breugst from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) Entrepreneurship Research Institute to discuss her research findings on how a founder's role evolves as their company scales. Her findings are incredibly relevant for anyone going through the scaling process. For a quick recap, check out our 2-minute insight:

Watch the full interview and read the article

📖 Read Our Blog 📖

Want to learn from ScaleUp's world-class speakers but aren't in our current cohort? We've got you covered. Check out our blog where we share some of the Lazaridis Experts' best tips and insights.

Our newest blogs include:

  1. How a Peer Group will transform your entrepreneurial journey
  2. 5 story starters you should be telling your audience
  3. 8 Traps to Avoid as you Build Out your Product Strategy

Read our other blogs >.

 💸 Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunity 💸

Want to meet the brightest young minds in business? Looking for an opportunity to showcase your brand to a global audience?

Become a sponsor for this year's Lazaridis International Case Conference.

As a sponsor of LazICC 2023, you'll have the opportunity to showcase your brand and connect with some of the most talented and ambitious young minds in the world of business. You’ll also have the chance to network with other sponsors and judges, as well as participate in the various events and activities that will take place during the competition.

There are a range of sponsorship packages that include benefits such as branding opportunities, speaking slots, exposure to top talent, and more. Customizable packages are also available.

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📰 News from ScaleUp Companies 📰

Connect&GO announces AI traffic prediction engine: a real crystal ball for the attractions market

Connect&GO announced their revolutionary new product for the attractions industry: Konnect AttendX. AttendX uses the latest in artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help operators make informed operational decisions that help drive revenue and maximize efficiency. 

Learn more >

Several ScaleUp companies named as finalists for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023

Shoutout to Katherine Homuth, CEO of Sheertex and Dominic Gagnon, CEO of Connect&GO, who were both named as Quebec finalists; Reza Chaji, CEO of VueReal Inc. from Ontario; and Dr. Husein Moloo, CEO of PurposeMed and Freddie from the Prairies! Congratulations to these founders for all the incredible work you're doing!

See more >

Tech Talent-Sourcing Network VanHack Secures $3M for Global Expansion

Driven by the rising adoption of digital technologies, Fortune Business Insights estimates the global online recruitment market to reach a valuation of $30.87 billion by 2030. With backing from Golden Section, VanHack aims to take part in this opportunity for growth with an international expansion.

Read more >

📝 Free Consulting for your Business 📝

Wilfrid Laurier University's Lazaridis School of Business & Economics is looking for organizations to take part in our MBA Consulting Program.

Companies who participate get a free consulting project from 4 or more MBA students who each contribute at least 200 hours to the project (it works out to be about 1,000 hours per project) over a period of 6 months.

Through the program, you'll receive a fresh and unbiased perspective on a significant business issue, strategic opportunities, or challenges your organization may be facing at no cost. Companies receive a professional report and presentation at the end with solutions to the real business problem that they identified at the outset of the project.

To date, over 1,300 projects have been completed under the supervision of our faculty for clients in a wide range of industries and sizes, from start-ups to well-known multinational brands, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

If you're interested in taking part in the program, please contact Chau Truong‐Wood at ctruong@wlu.ca to complete the MBA Consulting Program Proposal Framework or to ask any questions you may have!

🏢 Rent our space 🏢

Are you looking for a space for your next big conference or event? We have the perfect spot. Check out our newly-renovated space in downtown Kitchener. It's got everything you need to host a great event.

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📈 Thank You to Our Sponsors 📈


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