On April 26 UofT-Pycap concluded its first Venture Finance Course. Students received intensive training 3 hours per week for 12 weeks straight on all things related to raising capital for an early-stage company. This included performing valuations, designing capital raising campaigns for VCs, Angel Groups, Crowdfunding Platforms, Government funding, and Initial Coin Offerings, as well as creating a term sheet and learning tactics to negotiate conditions for an investment. The second last class included Zulf Karim, director of Growth Equity at the Business Development Bank of Canada. He shared numerous exciting stories from his work as a VC, negotiating deals in China, investing in an ESports company, acting as a Director for the TSX Private Markets and much more.
After the final exam concluded, some of the students joined Pycap CEO Stuart Browne and Pycap Operations Manager Amelia Dookhee for drinks a the local pub.
“2018 is already the biggest year ever for #ICOs, with $6.3bn raised (& it’s only April!)” is how Wojtek Gidzinski (director of cryptocurrency trading platform Coinsquare Wealth) started his lecture for Pycap’s ‘Financing an Early-stage Company’ Course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.
Students were thrilled to have Wojtek’s very informative and timely speech about how blockchain technology works, how early-stage companies can use Initial Coin Offerings to raise capital, as well as the related risks and opportunities associated with ICOs.
The Pycap-UofT Course aims to arm entrepreneurs with ‘everything they need to know’ to raise capital for an early-stage company. The course includes how to create a financial roadmap to determine when and how much capital to raise, how to perform a valuation of a startup, how to structure term sheets and associated legal documents, and how to create a capital raising strategy to get financed from VCs, Angels, Crowdfunding, Government and Cryptocurrencies.
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Appearing for the first time in Canada, Sophia is the latest and most advanced humanoid robot designed by Hong-Kong based Hanson Robotics. Sophia is Discovery’s Day 1 keynote speaker on April 30, and will be joined on stage by her creator Dr. David Hanson. Pycap CEO Stuart Browne has also been invited to OCE Discover as an ‘Expert’ for the ‘Ask an Expert’ speed mentoring session for tech entrepreneurs seeking investment.
Discovery is Canada’s leading innovation-to-commercialization conference. Hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence, Discovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to collaborate.
Garnering over 3,600 attendees and more than 540 exhibitors in 2017, Discovery is a showcase of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research from sectors such as health, manufacturing, digital media and cleantech. Renowned keynote speakers and panels ignite discussion, knowledge-sharing and new perspectives. Networking opportunities feature key influencers from government, academia, industry and leading sectors.
MaRS hosted its third RESI Conference, which brought together fundraising CEOs and early-stage investors from around the globe in Toronto.
The conference was hosted in partnership with Life Science Nation (LSN) and JLABS, and includes 16 panels with investors from biotech, and device, diagnostic, and healthcare IT. Over 200 international investors came to Toronto to scout startups.
Pycap’s CEO Stuart Browne participated as a panelist on the Digital Health Investing Panel, and highlighted his insights regarding the future trends of the Digital Health industry and opportunities for investors and early stage companies.