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Thursday, September 19 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
NEXT Canada presents 'First Time Founder? How to Avoid the Classic Pitfalls and Make the Most of Resources Available to You!'

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This session is for founders with early-stage ventures or students and recent grads looking to launch a new start-up.  In this interactive session, learn from three Vancouver-based entrepreneurs who built their companies right out of university.  Discover local and national programs and resources available to help you navigate the pitfalls all founders face.  Ask the tough questions and get inspired.

Jon French, Senior Director of Global Recruitment and Alumni Community, NEXT Canada

Hassan Murad – CEO and Co-Founder, Intuitive Inc.
Sagar Malhi – Co-Founder, Switchboard
Kristina Pearkes – Co-Founder, Orbityl

This event is sponsored by NEXT Canada, a national non-profit organization that delivers programming for Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs through their Next 36, NextAI and Next Founders programs. NEXT Canada counts over 600 alumni and has helped to launch 200 startups since 2010.

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Kristina Pearkes

Co-Founder, Orbityl
Kristina is a co-founder of Orbityl, a startup developing in-ear sensors that monitor electrical brain activity, where she leads hardware and firmware development. With Orbityl she has participated in numerous startup programs including the Next 36 (Toronto), Highway1 (San Francisco... Read More →
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Sagar Malhi

Co-Founder, Switchboard
Sagar Malhi is the Co-Founder of Switchboard, a Y-Combinator backed startup that uses real time information to match freight with truck drivers. Graduating with an Engineering Physics degree from the University of British Columbia, he honed his technical and product development skills... Read More →
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Jon French

Senior Director of Global Recruitment, Community & Alumni, NEXT Canada
As a member of the NEXT Canada management team, Jon leads all domestic and international recruitment activities for the organization's three entrepreneurial programs (NextAI, Next 36 and Next Founders) as well as NextED, an educational initiative to increase technology adoption within... Read More →
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Hassan Murad

CEO & Co-Founder, Intuitive AI
Hassan Murad is the CEO & Co-Founder of Intuitive AI where they develop AI to empower a zero waste world. He was driven by the world’s massive waste problem to begin creating solutions along with co-founder, Vivek Vyas, and divert waste away from landfills, incineration chambers... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Spaces Gastown 151 West Hastings Street, Lower Level