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Collision 2024

Collision 2024, Canada’s largest technology show, was held in Toronto from June 17 to 21, 2024 – it was a four-day celebration of Canadian and international innovation.  Attendees included an impressive array of important CEOs and founders.  

According to organizers, “Collision had 37,832 attendees from 117 ; A record-breaking 1,834 companies will exhibit on the event floor, including startups from 57 countries and global partners such as Amazon.” [press release]

The major technology issue was artificial intelligence which was discussed across all industries:  the impact of AI on society and how to make money from AI. This Conference addressed other major issues such as the metaverse, the regulation of big technology companies, blockchain technology, hacker & privacy breaches, environmental responsibility, mental health and fake news.

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Austin Ekeler, NFL Back
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Maria Sharapova, Tennis Player

Conference for both Large Corporations and Start-ups:

Collision had speakers and exhibitors from the world’s largest companies who are partnering and investing in start-ups.  Large technology companies are needed to grow Canada’s technology space and sessions addressed the advantages of the large companies as well how start-ups can scale up to become larger.

Start-ups raising funds during turbulent times:

Various master classes for start-ups addressed how to obtain financing: i.e. Finding the right investor for your start-up. Of great interest was the difficulty of raising funds for start-ups and other companies during turbulent times with rising interest rates, and the war in Ukraine.

Fund Raising: Venture Capital, Angel Investors etc.

Major theme of the conference is start-ups and how they can expand their business and raise funds.  Start-ups were looking for funding and VCs were looking for that next diamond in the rough.  With interesting rates rising causing valuations to come down to earth, investors are more cautious but still looking for great start-ups.  Of great importance is the pitch winner …

Pitch Winner:

VoxCell BioInnovation, a Victoria-based healthtech startup won the PITCH competition at the final Collision.   “VoxCell has created the first bio-printed human-like cancer tissue models that drug developers can utilize to directly inject their drug candidates through the blood vessels. This allows us to identify ineffective drugs much earlier in the process”, said Asees Kaur, business operations .

Asees Kaur, Vocell, Collision
Asees Kaur, Vocell, Collision 2024 Pitch Winner

Last year’s winner was Syzl , a Toronto-based b2b hospitality marketplace.

Collision 2024:

Collision 2024 was a large and informative international conference.  It provided start-ups with the opportunities to network and meets a large number of potential partners and investors.

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