schedule is subject to change.
Registration - 9:45 AM
Breakfast: Provided by JJ Bean Coffee - 10:00 AM
Speaker: Abdullah Snobar - 10:30 AM
Speaker: Hamza Khan - 11:00 AM
Break - 11:30 AM
Presentation by Startup: Viviplan - 11:35 AM
Presentation by Startup: SmartRefer - 11:55 AM
Presentation by Startup: CryptoCanucks - 12:15 PM
Lunch: Provided by Salad King - 12:35 PM
Teams & Case Competition Rules Announced - 1:30 PM
Team Preparation: All teams will be provided 1 hr to prepare for their case - 1:45 PM
Team Presentation: Teams will present in front of their startup company's representative - 3:00 PM
Break - 3:45 PM
Final 6 Teams Announced - 4:00 PM
Final 6 Teams Present Solution - 4:10 PM
Top 3 Team Finalists Announced & Award Ceremony - 5:30 PM
Dinner: Provided by PowerPrep - 5:50 PM
Closing Remarks - 6:50 PM
Open Networking - 7:00 PM
Abdullah Snobar is the Executive Director of the DMZ at Ryerson University, the number one university-based incubator in North America and third in the world. He leads a team that is passionate about helping Canada’s most promising startups scale their business and create innovative technology that changes lives.
Since inception, the Toronto-based incubator has helped scale over 300 companies, which have raised more than $400 million and fostered 3,000 jobs. Under his leadership, the DMZ has successfully expanded into the U.S. with its first office in New York City’s financial district, launched a leading revenue and sales growth accelerator program for high-potential startups, and created a world-class Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program, which matches some of the best leaders in tech with DMZ’s high-value entrepreneurs. Focused on designing quality programming and expanding the incubator’s international reach, Abdullah spearheaded a new Advisory Council comprised of the top business and tech minds in North America. As an active leader in the local entrepreneurial community, he played an instrumental role in launching the DMZ’s Sandbox, the city’s first free skills development space for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs -- his vision is to equip individuals with the skills needed to succeed in a complex marketplace.
Abdullah’s previous leadership positions involve overseeing nonprofit and government partnerships, developing city-wide educational plans and managing strategic funding initiatives. He has held roles at well-known organizations such as, Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, the Canadian Armed Forces, and Fortune 500 companies such as Fairmont and Marriott Hotels and Resorts.
Passionate about giving back to the community, he has spent years volunteering in various capacities. He currently serves as a board member with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, City of Toronto Innovation Economy Advisory Council, and RBC’s Future of Skills Advisory Board where he shapes impactful community initiatives. Abdullah is also the co-creator of Supa Maasai -- a non-profit foundation in Kenya -- working to improve the day-to-day lives of Africa’s Maasai women and children.
As a sought-after public speaker, his expertise has landed him coverage in both print and broadcast publications, which include BNN, The Globe and Mail, Financial Post and CBC Radio. Abdullah has played a pivotal role in nurturing up-and-coming Canadian talent and boosting entrepreneurship from coast to coast. He holds a B.Comm. and MBA degree from Ryerson University.
Born in New York and raised in Toronto, Hamza Khan is a multi-award winning marketer, accomplished entrepreneur, and dynamic keynote speaker. He’s the Managing Director of Student Life Network, Canada’s most comprehensive resource hub dedicated to helping and empowering millions of students across the country. He has worked with leading institutions and forward-thinking brands such as the Rotman School of Management, Restaurants Canada, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Hootsuite, University of Toronto, RBC, and PepsiCo. He made waves as the co-founder of Splash Effect, a boutique digital marketing & creative agency which has helped more than 50+ clients that do good, to do better & as the co-founder of SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company. His newly created non-profit, Resilient 100, aims at building resilience capacity in young change leaders.
Through his consulting, writing, teaching and speaking, Hamza empowers people and businesses to transform ideas into reality. He is a faculty member at Seneca College and Ryerson University, teaching courses on digital marketing and social media. He is a two-time TEDx speaker and is regularly invited by leading organizations and businesses to speak on subjects such as: how to build digital communities, the impact of personal branding, how to master productivity, navigating the multigenerational workforce, building resilience, and more. Hamza has spoken to more than 15,000 people (ranging from high school students to senior executives) across 50 events, 15 cities, and 4 continents. In 2017, he self-published his first book The Burnout Gamble. Learn more at www.hamzakhan.ca