Uniting the Prairies 2024

Agenda

May 22

Gear UP for pre-networking, startup pitches, & an inspiring keynote to kickstart day 1 of the conference!

Early Registration

Avoid the lineup! Drop by the Delta Downtown early to pick up your name badge.

UP x Women+ in Tech Mixer

Kirstine Stewart
Board Chair at Blink49 Studios
Delilah Panio
VP of US Capital Formation at Toronto Stock Exchange

UP x Founder Social

Doors Open

Registration opens! As a special bonus - early attendees will have full access to all VIP-restricted areas throughout the venue from 4:30-6:00 pm (before content starts). This is the only time to get a sneak peek regardless of ticket type. Rumour has it, there may even be a disco… 🪩

Conference Starts

We're going UP! Time to start the fun.

Words To Live By

Hear how living by a trusted set of principles & holding yourself accountable can help you overcome adversity even in the face of tragedy.

Kaleb Dahlgren
Bestselling Author & Mental Wellness Advocate

UP Late

May 23

A collision of networking, content, & exclusive activities. Don't miss the highlights, including an on stage pitch for a $100K+ investment prize!

9:00 am
10:00 am
UP24 Attendees

Doors Open

Gear UP for Day 2! Head down before content starts if you haven't picked up your name tag, want to shop at the marketplace, or just need some coffee to power through those early-morning emails!

Investors
Tech Founders

UP Early

UP24 Attendees

Opening Remarks

Join us for the Day 2 kickoff of Uniting the Prairies.

Alex Shimla
Lead Producer at Uniting the Prairies
UP24 Attendees

Moon Shots vs Roof Shots

Learn how to place 10x bets, build better product roadmaps, and innovate sustainably.

Nick Gray
CEO at MapMind
UP24 Attendees

All Aboard the AI Express

This year, the buzzword "AI" has been more prevalent than ever before. Explore the technology that has the power to transform our world and distinguish genuine innovation from just another fad.

Anvil Palamattam
Application Modernization Engineer at Google
Dale Hopkins
CTO at Vendasta
12:00 pm
1:30 pm
UP24 Attendees

Break

Take a break from the hustle & bustle. Send some emails, meditate, or head to a restaurant downtown for lunch!

UP24 Attendees

Elevate Women+ Finalist Pitches

Cheer on the top 5 startups vying for an $100K minimum cash investment prize from Elevate Women+, powered by The Firehood!

UP24 Attendees

Redefining Remote Community

Whether engaging an online community of users or members, or managing a remote team, debunk myths and learn how to embrace the principles of community building for success.

Margaux Miller
Global Director of Community at Toptal
UP24 Attendees

Multiple Capital Paths

To raise (venture capital) or not to raise, that is the question. Learn how startup founders can build a business model & capitalization plan that gives them the best chance of success.

Brice Scheschuk
Managing Partner at Globalive
UP24 Attendees

Elevate Women+ Winner Announced

Find out which startup is the winner of the $100K minimum Elevate Women+ investment prize, powered by The Firehood!

UP24 Attendees

Conference Wrap UP

Hear from the Uniting the Prairies team as we close out the conference with final remarks, important FYI's, & a recap of everything accomplished over the last 1.5 days!

5:00 pm
7:00 pm
Invite-Only

VIP Dinner

7:30 pm
Late
UP24 Attendees

UP24 Official Afterparty

May 25th
 
9:00 AM
 - 
9:30 AM
Foyer

Doors Open + Opening Remarks

Doors open at 9:00 AM, opening remarks begin at 9:15 AM sharp. Gear up for a full day of content and connection!

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Networking
May 25th
 
9:30 AM
 - 
10:20 AM
Main Stage

The AI Arms Race

Caught in the hype storm? Hear about the future implications of AI once the dust settles.

Jeff Dyck
Sr. Director of Engineering
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Siemens Ag
Vartika Manasvi
Director of Startups
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MaRS Discovery District
Maninder Dhaliwal
Managing Partner
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Startup Studio Accelerator & Venture Fund
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Panel
May 25th
 
10:30 AM
 - 
11:20 AM
Main Stage

Portfolio Company Ponderings, In This Economy?

2 world-class companies, 2 totally different industries, 1 common investor. What does building, scaling, and surviving a startup look like in 2023?

Jacqueline Cook
COO
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Vendasta
Saif Hashmi
Principal
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BDC Capital
Colin Calvert
CFO
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Nicoya
Panel
May 25th
 
11:30 AM
 - 
1:00 PM
UP to you

Break

Take a break to explore restaurants downtown, have a nap, whatever you need!

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Networking
May 25th
 
1:00 PM
 - 
1:50 PM
Main Stage

Mastering Customer Success

Closing the sale is just the start. Learn from one of the world's top customer success experts as they share ways you can turn customer acquisition into revenue expansion.

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Julie Weill Persofsky
Global Managing Director
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Winning by Design
Masterclass
May 25th
 
2:00 PM
 - 
2:50 PM
Main Stage

Divine Category Creation

Learn how creating products with no existing market can have the power to revolutionize entire industries.

Mindy Loverin
Co-Founder
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Onfertility
Christy Prada
CEO
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Future Fertility
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Panel
May 25th
 
3:00 PM
 - 
3:50 PM
Main Stage

Investment Prize Pitches

Finalists competing for the UP x Firehood Women in Tech & UP Angel Syndicate investment prizes are pitching on stage!

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Pitches
May 25th
 
4:00 PM
 - 
4:50 PM
Main Stage

Raising Rewind

Hear the highs and lows of scaling an early-stage startup from the Co-Founder of Rewind, who had 10,000 customers before raising capital & closed $80M within 2 years.

Mike Potter
Co-Founder & CEO
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Rewind
Juanita Lee-Garcia
Executive Director
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Upside Foundation
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Keynote
May 25th
 
5:00 PM
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5:30 PM
Main Stage

Closing Remarks

Come together as we wrap up the conference content & announce the winners of the investment prizes on stage!

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Wrap UP
May 25th
 
7:30 PM
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LATE
Vendasta HQ

UP23 After Party!

For UP23 attendees only. Join the official after party to close out the festivities! Hosted on Vendasta's rooftop patio.

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Networking