Despite two (!) flight cancellations and catching two (!) snow storms in Toronto and Halifax, my trip to Halifax last week was a blast!
First, I hosted an oversubscribed “office hours” at Volta. For those who couldn’t book a time, there is always a next time.
After that, I hosted a tech ecosystem dinner, where we had terrific conversations with many investors and accelerators in the tech ecosystem, and of course, some good food too 🙂
Lastly, I participated as a judge at Saint Mary’s University in Canada’s only VCIC (Venture Capital Investment Competition), an educational competition that provides students real-world experience in venture capital by simulating the venture capital investment process. The student VCs from across the country (e.g. University of Waterloo, University of Alberta, University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management, Queen’s University, Schulich School of Business – York University, University of New Brunswick, etc.) listened to pitches from real entrepreneurs and defended their investment choices to a panel of senior partners (i.e. me and other real investors).
I was super impressed by the quality of the students’ analysis, the term sheets they put together and their explanations. Equally importantly, we had a lot of fun, including the celebration and the after-party networking chat. Congrats again to all the winners!
It was such a (snow) blast. I will be back! Since Wattpad opened its second HQ in Halifax a few years ago, I have been coming to Atlantic Canada regularly. It is like a second home to me. No doubt this tradition will continue for many years to come!