Carleton University Hosts Startup Weekend Ottawa

Carleton University is hosting the entrepreneurial initiative Startup Weekend Ottawa where students will learn how to develop a real company with support from mentors, investors, co-founders and sponsors. Students will take an idea and, in just 54 hours, develop a startup pitch for a panel of judges. Frank O’Dea, founder of Second Cup, will be the keynote speaker on the final day.

The event is organized by Carleton’s Hatch program and by Techstars Startup Programs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.

When: Nov 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to Nov 12, 2017, 9 p.m.
Where: University Centre Atrium, Carleton University
Registration: Tickets vary in price – you can register here. All meals are included in the ticket price.
Discount: Use the promotional code for Carleton University students to get 60 per cent off: CarletonU
Info: You can email any questions to

Media are invited to attend but video recordings of Frank O’Dea are not permitted.

About Hatch

Hatch is Carleton’s incubator program for student entrepreneurs. It offers workshops and connects students with mentors, office space, events and seed funding. Hatch’s mandate is to increase the accessibility of entrepreneurship resources for Carleton undergraduate community, provide the tools required to get business ideas off the ground and seed eligible Hatch startups into the award-winning Lead To Win accelerator.

About Techstars

Techstars is a worldwide network helping and supporting entrepreneurs succeed while bringing new technologies to market. The organization has many mentorship programs and connects entrepreneurs to community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners.

About Frank O’Dea

Frank O’Dea is the founder of Second Cup. He has launched a number of other successful international businesses and not-for-profits, including Pro-Shred Security, Street Kids International, War Child Canada, and Canadian Landmine Foundation. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the author of two books, including his best-selling memoir When All You Have is Hope.

Media Contact
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718

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