JUNE 11TH-12TH, 2015
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Bringing You Global Technology Leaders From Silicon Valley And Beyond

Listen and learn from our incredible line up of keynote speakers, VIP panelists and entrepreneurs.

metabridge is a VIP invitation only event, however there are tickets available to purchase for the open conference sessions.

Should you wish to individually apply for an exclusive invitation to the overall event, please contact info@metabridge.ca


Paul Singh

Managing Director, 1776, Washington, DC

Closing Panel

Angela Strange

Partner - Andreesen Horowitz, Palo Alto, CA

Katherine Barr

General Partner - Mohr Davidow Ventures, Palo Alto, CA

Vivian Wu

Ed Tech Impact Investor

2015 VIPS

Katherine Barr

General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Palo Alto, CA

Mayor Colin Basran

City of Kelowna, BC, Canada

Erik Benson

Managing Director. Voyager Capital

Hannes Blum

CEO Abebooks Inc, VP - Amazon

Gleb Budman

CEO & CO-Founder, Backblaze, San Francisco, CA

Wesley Chan

Managing Director Felicis Ventures, formerly a General Partner at Google Ventures

Marcus Daniels

Co-Founder & CEO, HIGHLINE, Toronto, ON

Timothy Eades

CEO at vArmour, San Francisco, CA

John Fowlkes

CEO, Metafor Software, San Francisco, CA

Brian Fry

Co-Founder, Rackforce, BC, Canada

Paul Lee

Managing Partner, Vanedge Capital, Vancouver, BC

Minh Le

Market Manager, Silicon Valley Bank, Seattle, WA

Christina Lucey

Director of Product, CoTap, San Francisco, CA

Sean Lynch

Product Manager, Dropbox, San Francisco, CA

Mike McCauley

Product Manager, Google, San Francisco, CA

Shawn Merani

Founder & Partner, Penchina Syndicate, San Francisco, CA

Lane Merrifield

Co-Founder & CEO, FreshGrade, Kelowna, BC

Domenic Perri

Senior Director, Strategy and Corporate Development, Juniper Networks, San Francisco, CA

Rasool Rayani

Former Co-founder Metalogix Software

Jason Richards

Founder, Vineyard Networks, Acquired by Procera Networks

Mike Satterfield

Partner, Yaletown Ventures, Vancouver, BC

Paul Singh

Managing Director, 1776, Washington, DC

Angela Strange

Partner, Andreesen Horowitz, Palo Alto, CA

Matt Switzer

VP Corporate Development & Hootsuite Labs, Hootsuite, Vancouver, BC

Rob Tompkins

Snr. Director. Silicon Valley Bank Analytics, Austin, TX

Qasim Virjee

Community Development, Softlayer ON, Canada

Honourable Amrik Virk

Minister of Technology

Vivian Wu

Ed Tech Impact Investor


AskforTask Inc

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Avanti Commerce

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Control gives you the ability to manage your Stripe payments, stop fraud, and accept payments all from your mobile device.


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North America’s online grain marketplace connecting grain buyers and growers.

Fatigue Science

Sleep: the most-untapped contributor to better team performance.


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LoginRadius is an Identity Management Platform that simplifies user registration, while securing data.


Get your cloud data where you want it, when you need it.

Optigo Networks

Optigo Networks provides complete solutions to protect, connect, and manage today’s most advanced buildings.


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Many organizations hire for skills and fire for attitude, so Qwalify was born to remedy this.


Canada's leading financial product comparison website.

RosterBot, Inc.

Handle your team management, scheduling, roster creation, payments and more.


Showbie makes it easy to assign, collect and review student work in tablet classrooms.


Change Heroes

Build a school for thousands of kids... In days.


Guusto is a mobile gifting app that lets you instantly send thoughtful items like dessert or a bottle of wine.


Build an online profile and meet companies via short-term, skill specific projects and paid work opportunities.

Soil Mate

Find Local Farms, Markets, Stores, Restaurants, Wineries, Breweries and More!


Timely is an event calendar platform for your website or app that will allow you to promote more events to more people.


A Retreat You Will Never Forget

Unmissable content, Unparalleled Connections, Unbelievable Location.

Over 1.5 days we bring together the 15 top in the country technology start-ups (over 150 apply) with the brightest minds from Silicon Valley and beyond, to Kelowna, BC, recently rated one of the top wine destinations in the world. This VIP, invitation only retreat, provides focused and interactive events, allowing emerging technology companies to establish opportunities for investment, strategic partnerships, and mentorship.

Full Agenda:

Day Start Finish Event Venue
Thursday12:30PM1:00PMRegistrationCoast Capri Hotel
Thursday1:00PM1:10PMWelcome Mayor Colin Basran & Jason RichardsCoast Capri Hotel
Thursday1:10PM1:40PMFireside Chat Sean Lynch, Product Manager at Dropbox Christina Lucey, Director of Product at CoTapCoast Capri Hotel
Thursday1:40PM2:10PM"Shipping a Start Up to Google in 18 Months - discussing the Bufferbox Acquisition" Mike McCauley, Product Manager at Google Qasim Virjee, Community Development at SoftlayerCoast Capri Hotel
Thursday2:10PM3:30PMFast Pitch: Top 15 Start-Ups * Part 1Coast Capri Hotel
Thursday3:30PM4:00PMNetworking Coffee Break & Press ConferenceCoast Capri Hotel
Thursday4:00PM5:15PMFast Pitch: Top 15 Start-Ups * Part 2Coast Capri Hotel
Thursday5:15PM6:00PMClosing Keynote "Disruption" Paul Singh, Managing Director, 1776 Coast Capri Hotel
Friday12:30PM1:00PMRegistrationCoast Capri Hotel
Friday1:00PM1:10PMWelcomeJason RichardsCoast Capri Hotel
Friday1:10PM1:40PMPanel Session: The Value of Relationships Paul Lee, Managing Partner at Vanedge Capital Tim Eades, CEO at vArmour and Investor John Fowlkes, CEO at Metafor Software Stuart Bowness, CEO at Mediacore Sponsored by Vanedge Capital.Coast Capri Hotel
Friday1:40PM2:00PM"The Magic of Crowd Funding" Shawn Merani, Founder & Partner at Penchina SyndicateCoast Capri Hotel
Friday2:00PM2:30PMPanel Session: “From Start-up to Unicorn: Current Valuation Trends in Tech" Moderated by Minh Le, Market Manager at Silicon Valley Bank Rob Tompkins, Snr Director at Silicon Valley Bank Analytics Erik Benson, Managing Director at Voyager Capital Wesley Chan, Managing Director, Felicis Ventures Mike Satterfield, Partner at Yaletown Ventures Sponsored by Silicon Valley BankCoast Capri Hotel
Friday2:30PM3:00PMNetworking Coffee Break & Press ConferenceCoast Capri Hotel
Friday3:00PM4:00PMBC Top 5 Start-Ups PitchCoast Capri Hotel
Friday4:00PM5:00PMClosing Fireside Chat "Best Practices of Raising Money for Your Company" Moderated by Marcus Daniels, Co-Founder & CEO at HIGHLINE Katherine Barr, General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures Vivian Wu, Ed Tech Impact Investor
Friday5:00PM5:15PMAnnoucement of metabridge 2015 Top 15 Start up & Conference Close Delivered by Honourable Amrik Virk, Minister of TechnologyCoast Capri Hotel
Friday5:15PM6:00PMNetworking Reception & Press ConferenceCoast Capri Hotel

This agenda is subject ot change. All other functions are stictly by invitation only.
For a full VIP invite only agenda, please contact info@metabridge.ca.

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Kelowna BC, Canada

Accommodation Recommendations

Delta Grand Okanagan

Rates from $349 + taxes.
Tel: (1).888.890.3222

Coast Capri Hotel

Rates from $135 + taxes, quote “metabridge”.
Tel: 250.860.6185

Royal Anne Hotel

Rates from $129 + taxes, quote “metabridge” and book by May 11th
Tel. (1).888.811.3400


Because Growing Your Business is the Only Thing That Matters.

Because Growing Your Start-up Is More Than Building Technology…. It’s About Great People.

metabridge connects Canadian technology companies to the global business world.

metabridge creates intimate, meaningful and impactful conversations in a beautiful setting that truly allows for long lasting relationships that matter

Testimonials from previous event attendees

"metabridge is clearly the top startup event in Canada. The investors, startups, and venue are all top notch!"
Bill MacEwen, Founder at SpaceList
"metabridge is an amazing collection of passionate and impressive entrepreneurs from across Canada. The event itself is like a luxury vacation with 100+ people you want to keep in touch with for life"
Gil Penchina, AngelList Investor, Formerly CEO of Wikia Inc., and general manager, eBay
"metabridge was the 1 event that changed the entire trajectory of our company and made our whole Series A a reality. Every CEO should attend."
Stewart Bowness, CEO at MediaCore
"The people we met and the conversations we had at metabridge were exactly what startup founders need. Having Kelowna as the backdrop to it all made it that much more perfect!"
Himanshu Singh, Co-Founder, Farm at Hand
"I look forward to this event more than anything else. Not only is it a guilt free business expense and a ton of fun, but real work and relationships happens for me while golfing, drinking wine and playing hockey. I feel bad for you if you can't make this event"
Paul Dejoe, Co-Founder, Ecquire
"The format, content, and fun nature of metabridge has provided me with some amazingly valuable and lasting relationship. The event has significantly helped my career"
John Fowlkes, CEO, Metafor Software
"metabridge is one of the most authentic and fun ways to build relationships with great entrepreneurs. The group is well selected, the activities are outstanding, and I look forward to it every year"
Jon Cartwright, Founder & Chairman, Food.ee
"metabridge brings together many of the most promising Canadian startups and connects them with Silicon Valley insiders. The informal retreat-like environment leads to building long-lasting relationships between top entrepreneurs, investors, and other technology leaders"
David Stewart, Co-Founder & CEO at FADE


Are you a Canadian Start-Up? Find out what it takes to qualify as a Top 15 Start-up and attend metabridge 2015.

As a founder of a growing start-up, it’s up to you too create the bridge to investors, clients and partners. We make that easier by putting them all in one spot and most importantly - making them accessible.

Applications for metabridge 2015 are now closed. Please contact info@metabridge.ca with any questions.

Key Selection Criteria*:

  • Clearly demonstrate your product solves a problem or market need.
  • Simple distribution model
  • Simple revenue model
  • Product needs to be Generally Availability (no private beta)
  • Demonstrated traction – users or revenue (both would be even better)
  • Investment – demonstrated commitment (bootstrapped, angels, VCs)
  • Amazing Founders and team members

* Applications that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

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metabridge Beginnings

metabridge was conceived to enable start-up entrepreneurs across Canada to engage with investors, advisors and mentors in the Bay Area. Rather than the traditional conference format, metabridge allows entrepreneurs to forge deeper relationships by spending quality time in a beautiful, casual and relaxing wine country setting with the most influential Silicon Valley venture capital, serial entrepreneurs and executives.

Founded in 2008, by Steve Wandler, metabridge was created after Steve returned to Canada from his acquisition in the Silicon Valley and seeing the lack of opportunities that startups entrepreneurs have outside of the Bay Area for regular impactful intimate collisions and meaningful conversations with influential people.

Recently, Steve co-founded FreshGrade, a learning collaboration system that closes the gap between parents in the classroom.

From the beginning, Steve partnered with Robert Fine -Director of Business & Entrepreneurial Development – City of Kelowna to build and develop the event and metabridge is now hosted by Accelerate Okanagan, a non-profit which gives new and growing businesses in the technology industry the levels of competence, connections and community they need to thrive locally, and be recognized internationally.

metabridge has evolved from a single-day small 30 person event to the premier sold out, invitation-only VIP retreat and conference in Canada.

metabridge advisory committee:

Steve Wandler

Founder, metabridge

Pilar Portela

CEO, Accelerate Okanagan

Robert Fine

Director of Business & Entrepreneurial Development – City of Kelowna

Scot Speiser

Vice President – Business Development Bank of Canada

2015 Sponsors




Plug and Play Tech Centre


Goodsir CreativeDIRTTDisney InteractiveProcera NetworksSilicon Valley BankVanedge CapitalCentral Okanagan Economic Development CommissionThe Garage Sale - Luxury Auction HouseYaletown Venture PartnersBliss BakeryBrandnetic StudiosCherry Hill CoffeeBDC CanadaPinstripeEarls

2015 Sponsorship Opportunities Available - Please Contact Us for Information.