Get connected. Get inspired. Get moving.

Startup Festival – April 11, 2015

Join us at Nipissing University on Saturday, April 11, from 10am to 4pm for a conference on the business of start-ups and scale-ups. Experience a unique blend of deep content, inspiring stories, unbeatable networking, and an unmistakable beehive of activity.


Reserve your ticket early—only 100 tickets available. Admission: General $10, Student $5

Get Inspired

Join in on our interactive talks that will inspire you to develop your ideas and fast-track your success.

Get Connected

Connect with like-minded people from the North Bay area who dream big.

Get Moving

Every great idea requires actions. Our goal is to work together to make our dreams a reality.


Join us and bring your ideas to life – $5 Students, $10 General


Ryan Burwell

Instructional Designer, MaRS
Ryan knows from experience that when education and entrepreneurship mix, the result is amazing learning for everyone involved. As founder of Scale Consulting, Ryan spoke in 2014 at TEDx about education as a framework for creativity.

Tony Cox

Executive Director, Leaders of the Day
Tony has spent time honing his skills in the wilderness, war zones, lecture halls, classrooms and boardrooms. He is a deeply experienced Instructor and Trainer as well as being an engaging public speaker, workshop presenter and storyteller.

Dave Nighbor

Creative Director, 9 Lives Design
Dave has designed identities for national brands, non-profits, and local small businesses. He has received national recognition from the Graphic Designers of Canada and the Association of Registered Graphic Designers for his work.

Andrew Morrison

Owner, The Escape Movement

Jade Doyle

Media Manager, 9 Lives Design
Jade has always had a love for technology and enjoys spreading the love through education. Jade’s background as a teacher and training in psychology and marketing has enabled her to empower others to be creative with social media and e-commerce.

David Plouffe

Executive Principal, ITAdvisors Ltd

Dwayne Wanner

Owner, Highlander Brew Company

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