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Collision 2022

Collision 2022, Canada’s largest technology show, was held in Toronto from June 20 to 23, 2022 – 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 in attendance 1,200 journalists, 35,000 attendees, 900 speakers, 1,200 journalists, 850 investors, and 100 unicorn companies from more than 140 countries.

Technology Issues:

This Conference addressed major issues such as the regulation of big technology companies, blockchain technology, hacker & privacy breaches, environmental responsibility, mental health and fake news.

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.

Collision 2022 – Fund Raising Panel
John Tory & Paddy
Mayor John Tory & Collision 2022 CEO Paddy Cosgrave
Stacey & Kelly
Press conference with Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett and Black Innovation Alliance CEO Kelly Burton, PhD

Pitch Winner:

Dot Mind Unlocked, an Ottawa-based mental health tech start-up won this year’s PITCH competition. It develops technical solutions for improving mental health.  Products included a headset and a web-based platform called Neuron that helps mental heath caregivers by automating management of their patents.  Competitors in the pitch completion must have received less than $5 million in funding to date and not changed their business model within the last three years.  Dot Mind was founded by Yishel Khan in 2017 and has developed a headset that can read brainwave activities allowing it Al-drive platform to enhance mental health.

It won against 56 other start-ups who entered the competition.  Of the 1,500 start-ups attending Collision 2021, 56 entered the group rounds of the competition and pitched in front of pitch judges which included: Faisal Kazi, President & CEO of Siemens Canada; Rupa Athreya, of Techstars; Veetahl Eilat-Raichel, co-founder & CEO of Sorbet and David Dufresne, investor and advisor at Pref.

Dot Mind Unlocked - Yishel Khan
Dot Mind Unlocked – Yishel Khan

Last year’s winner was Toronto relationship app Couply.

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, possibility of a pending recession, problems in the supply chain and the war in Ukraine.

Collision 2022 Startup - Pocket Finance
Pocket Finance CEO

Next Year’s Collusion:

Collision 2022 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.  One of the best Technology conferences to see in Toronto! Check back here for Collision 2023 being held from June 19 to 23, 2023 in Toronto.

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