The Tech Shuk features 3 components:

The Demo Pit

This is an opportunity for start-ups and entrepreneurs to present and demo their products/ services to the 300+ attendees and mingle with other companies and venture capitalists.

Lion’s Den Competition

Three start-ups, picked in advance, will have a chance to pitch their companies to well connected, influential Lions. The winning company, as determined by attendees, will receive a mentorship package with professional services, media exposure and the chance for investment.

Food & Drinks

Attendees and companies will have the opportunity to network and enjoy great food and drinks throughout the event.



Event Details


Thursday, May 24th, 2018. 6:30 PM



The Globe and Mail Centre.
351 King Street East, 17th Floor.


Young Professionals, Entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists.


The Tech Shuk is a start-up showcase and networking event for Canadian and Israeli entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and young professionals.

Tickets: $45 (Includes Hors D’ouerves & Drinks)


A Toronto native, Coinsquare CEO Cole Diamond wants to build Coinsquare into a 21st century financial institution that disrupts how the financial services industry operates. He is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record of taking companies from nothing to millions of dollars in monthly revenue, and brings that knowledge to further Coinsquare’s exponential growth. Diamond wants to build a transparent and entrepreneurial culture within Coinsquare in order to build the best technology company in Canada.





MODERATOR: Jodi Kovitz

Jodi is the Founder & CEO of #MoveTheDial, a movement founded in January 2017 to advance women in tech. Jodi was recognized in 2017 by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women. Jodi is serving on the SickKids Foundation Capital Campaign Cabinet to raise $1.3B to transform children’s health and conceptualized and is leading the first-ever tech community strategy to raise $25M with a team of 25 tech leaders. She serves on the advisory boards of Brim Financial, Maple Corporation and Mediseen, Mayor John Tory’s Toronto Innovation Council and the Lazaridis Institute Scale Up Program in Waterloo. She has an LLB from Osgoode and an HBA from Ivey.

Lions Den

The Lion’s Den Competition:

Three start-ups will be selected in advance of the event to pitch their ideas to our prestigious Lions. The winning company will receive a mentorship package complete with professional services and media exposure.


Erin Bury

Erin is the Managing Director at Eighty-Eight, a Toronto-based creative communications agency. Prior to Eighty-Eight she was the Managing Editor at startup publication BetaKit, and director of communications at Sprouter, which was acquired by Postmedia in 2011. Erin writes a monthly column for the Financial Post, and is a tech commentator on CTV News and Newstalk 1010. She has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and Canadian Business, and was named one of Marketing Magazine’s top 30 Under 30 marketers. Her claim to fame is being retweeted by Oprah – twice.

Matt Cohen

Matt Cohen is the Managing Partner of Ripple Ventures, an early stage venture fund focused on companies in the Enterprise SaaS, Enterprise Blockchain & Healthcare/Life Sciences industries. Matt is an experienced private investor with a successful track record working in Venture Capital, Private Equity and Capital Markets. Matt was the founding investor of Turnstyle Solutions (Acquired by Yelp!), an early investor in Tokyo Smoke (Acquired by DOJA), and BoD of Nanogenecs Diagnostics.

Andrew D’Souza

Andrew D’Souza a serial entrepreneur, Co-Founder and CEO of Clearbanc, a startup in the financial services space. Andrew is an Advisor to Kik and Wealthsimple. He was formerly President of Nymi, a wearable platform focused on identity and security (raised $15M), and the COO of Top Hat, a mobile learning platform for the classroom (raised $22M). Andrew led external functions for both companies, including sales, marketing, business development, recruitment and fundraising. He has also advised a number of early-stage startups through their fundraising and M&A processes, totaling over $100M in equity investment and exits.

After studying Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Andrew began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company’s media practice and has been an advisor to a number of education-focused non-profits and multiple Canadian startups. He has contributed opinion pieces on education technology, the Canadian startup ecosystem, and startup hiring to Mashable, Business Insider, VC Journal and the Toronto Standard.


Rob Khazzam

Rob is the General Manager of Uber Canada, with operations in over 40 communities across Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. Previously, from 2014 to 2017, Rob oversaw international expansion and operations for Uber in Central and Eastern Europe, eventually growing operations to over 30 cities and 9 countries, serving millions of riders per year. During that time, he spent time living in 7 different cities and spent an average of more than 300 days per year on the road. Prior to joining Uber, Rob spent 5 years working in private equity investing at a middle market firm in Toronto, Canada, where he helped research, structure and invest in companies across a range of sectors and industries. Rob holds an honours degree of business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and is a CFA.


Each participating start-up will receive TWO free tickets to the event. If your start-up is chosen to pitch to the lions, you will be notified at least one week prior to the event.

Pitch Competition Details:

Each participating start-up will be given three minutes to pitch to the lions and five minutes for Q&A. Companies can prepare Power Point presentations, which should be submitted prior to the event.

Step 1 - Register to participate in Demo Pit

Step 2 - Registration Fee

Click ‘Pay Now’ to pay registration fee of $250

Participating Start-Ups

Participating Start-Ups:


Allyus.org is a location based political social network which empowers citizens to be more involved in government policy decisions. It offers a unique take on polling and news which allows people to see through the rhetoric and delve directly into the data. This helps identify fake news and propaganda through features that promote critical analysis and independent thought.



Custom software development.



DNA Genetic Testing.



Docebo is a SaaS learning management system used in more than 80 countries and 40 languages. Docebo offers learner-centric technology for companies and their employees, partners and customers, and blends coaching with social and formal learning.


Feedback is a social enterprise that is applying dynamic pricing to the restaurant industry in order to reduce food waste. By changing the price of food based on key factors that impact demand, Feedback is able to drive consistent and predictable traffic to restaurants – while enabling customers to access the same great food for less at any of our 250 restaurant partners.

Fireside Conference is an annual invite-only retreat for top entrepreneurs, startups, investors, influencers and media. It takes place in a completely remote location 3.5 hours from Toronto on a private lake with 750+ acres of green space. Fireside is completely immersive and blends adventure and mindfulness activities like waterski, canoeing, rock climbing, yoga, fitness bootcamps and meditation with real campfire chats, lakeside keynotes and powerful mastermind sessions.


FirstHx is an AI driven focused medical history intake application. The patient completes the intake while in the waiting room either via tablet, kiosk, or on their own mobile device, or at home for telemedicine. The history is conducted in simple, patient friendly language (and can be taken in the patient’s preferred language). It takes between 3 and 5 minutes to compete on average. The system generates a synopsis of the HPI (History of Present Illness) in standard medical format for the doctor to review. In addition, the doctor can easily paste the history into their EMR medical note with one click.


Hired is a career marketplace that matches tech talent with innovative companies. Users on the Hired platform receive objective guidance throughout the interview process from a dedicated Talent Advocate, as well as the ability to compare new opportunities side by side so they can make their next career move with confidence.

Homewise is a website and app that enables users to get a great mortgage online. Using software and AI, Homewise has a simple online application that guides users through every step of the mortgage application. Our tech then does the work from them, providing mortgage options from 2-3 of our 33 lender partners best suited for their unique profile.


A unique solution for organizing your own e-currency, payment system and payment aggregator getting rid of the middle man and you control your own money, set your own fees.



Helping Caregivers help loved one’s age in place. LifeCare Portal helps manage the long-term care of family members. Providing patient document management, planning, and scheduling of resources, reduce caregiver stress, provide visibility and accountability within the circles of care.
Family and friends manage the long-term care and day-to-day responsibilities of loved ones in a central, secure and HIPAA-compliant platform that extends, assigns and delegates tasks, services, and need to know the medical information to caregivers.


MediSeen is making it easy to see high quality health care providers at home or in the office. MediSeen’s secure website and mobile app connects patients with health care providers who make house calls in their communities. Patients browse provider profiles and select which provider(s) they would like to see. Using the website or mobile app, patients simply request an appointment at a time and location that works for them.

MinuteBox is an end-to-end cloud-based AI powered corporate minute book management service for law firms and their clients, combining physical minute book scanning, artificial intelligence based parsing, document automation and government filing.


Monitex’s primary business unit is “Bitbuy.ca”, which serves as the online platform for customers to purchase Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Ether (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC). Monitex also intends to create and deploy blockchain technology solutions that facilitate the acquisition and transmission of cryptocurrencies.

Ownr is the simplest and most convenient way to launch your business. In only a few minutes you can run a name search, register or incorporate your business, and even create a custom logo.


Spiffy is an app that educates restaurant staff on beer, wine, spirits, and other important things like sexual harassment and even how to operate in-store technology (POS, OpenTable). All modules within our Instagram-style feed include a short burst of video content and a quick quiz, so progress can be tracked.



Technical recruitment firm in Toronto that works with local companies in the GTA on technical hires.



The Upside Foundation empowers early-stage, high-growth companies to share their upside with their community, by donating equity in their company for charity.



Vesta.AI- Artificial Intelligent Restaurant Server

WellnessWrx is a new online referral portal that connects conscious consumers seeking the best in wellness providers, or as we like to call them Sage Providers! Our platform offers a simple PICK~CLICK~CONNECT system that allows a new and returning client the choice in creating their wellness path; mentally, emotionally, physically or spiritually.




Willful is an online platform that makes it affordable, convenient, and easy for Canadians to create a legal will online for a fraction of the price of a traditional lawyer. The platform provides simplified estate planning services (creation of a Legal Will, Power of Attorney for Personal Care, and Power of Attorney for property), enabling consumers to create documents by following a clear step-by-step process.

Winner's Package

Winner’s Package


The Lion’s Den winner will receive the following:

– A custom suit sponsored by Bennett Bespoke Clothiers.

– Ten hours of marketing and PR consulting with eighty-eight Agency.

– Two tickets to the Fireside Conference 2018 (September 6th – 9th).

– Four hours of legal services for patent, trademark, or copyright matters with Ridout & Maybee LLP.

– Four hours of corporate/ commercial legal services with Labarge Weinstein LLP.

– Two tickets to: Public Speaking Made Easy Presented by Speaker Labs – Date TBD.

– Two days and one night at one of Retreatify’s signature retreat homes.


The Cause

Jaffa Daled After-School Educational Enrichment Center

About the Jaffa Institute:

The Jaffa Institute was established in 1982 as a private, non-profit, multi-service social agency to assist severely disadvantaged children and their families from the impoverished communities of Jaffa, South Tel Aviv, Bat Yam, and Bet Shemesh in Israel. Their mission is to provide educational, nutritional, therapeutic, and social enrichment programs that develop children’s positive attitudes and skills to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Their clients include; at-risk youth, Holocaust survivors and abused women.

About the Jaffa Daled After-School Educational Enrichment Center:

The Jaffa Daled After-School Educational Enrichment Center provides educational, nutritional, recreational and therapeutic support to 30 at-risk children, ages 6-12, 70% of whom are of Ethiopian descent. Maintaining a balance of children from Ethiopian families and those from other ethnic backgrounds avoids isolating the children of Ethiopian descent and encourages their integration into Israeli society. The Center is open every weekday during the school year from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and operates a camp program during all school vacations.

Program Details:

Upon arrival the children receive a hot meal. For many of the children, this is their only full meal of the day. The children then spend one hour focused on academics, during which time they complete their homework, play educational games, and receive specialized instruction to bolster areas of weakness. Additionally, the children participate in a variety of enriching recreational activities. Children who display behavioral or emotional challenges receive therapeutic treatment from certified social workers and therapists.


While the Center currently serves 30 children, there remains a critical need within the community to assist additional children and their families. The neighborhood in which the Center operates is one of the most deprived and poverty stricken areas in Israel, with 50% of the population living below the poverty line. 53% of the children in this area drop out of school before completing the 12th grade.

To address these challenges, the Jaffa Institute plans to expand the Centre by building an additional floor to the existing building. The new floor will include six rooms which will be used throughout the day for a variety of activities and programming for both children and parents. Families will be referred to these programs by the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality.

In the morning, the new space will be utilized as a Parent-Child Centre for the families of preschool children. Utilizing games, story time, therapy, and individual and group training, social workers and psychologists will work with parents and their children to create a foundation for healthy development.

In the after-school and early evening hours, the Centre will house two new educational enrichment groups designed to meet the needs of teenagers who have been involved in dangerous situations as a result of their troubled backgrounds. The staff will provide these youth with emotional support and tools to cope with the challenges of adolescence.

Later in the evening, the Center will host parents from the community, including the parents of children in our care. During these sessions, the parents will receive a supportive framework and tools to empower them to improve their relationships and communication with their children.

The construction incorporates energy efficiency, with walls and windows constructed with high-quality insulation to reduce heating and cooling costs, solar panels covering the roof, and high efficiency lighting installed in all rooms. The furniture will have rounded edges and the doors will be fitted with finger pinch guards and a video intercom and entrance buzzer system will be installed for children’s safety.



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JNF Toronto Program Director

(416) 638-7200 x145


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