Alexandre Vallieres is the Vice-President of AIWorx. AIWorx uses artificial intelligence to help generate data, understand what’s hidden in the data and act on it to unlock its potential. They simplify work and generate value by providing strategic insights and opportunities to optimize productivity. They master the four axes of artificial intelligence: perception, reasoning, learning and action. On this episode you'll learn: What does the talent pool for AI engineers in Quebec look like? How has the Quebec Startup Ecosystem developed since Alexandre started AIWorx? What exactly is Artificial Intelligence?
Sébastien Tanguay is the General Manager of Le Camp, Québec International's incubator. Le Camp is an incubator-accelerator dedicated to tech businesses growth and mentorship, and offers a diversity of services adapted to a company’s development stage, from pre start-up to internationalization. Sébastien oversees all activities in this sector, including entrepreneurship competitions such as Devtech 50, individual coaching meetings and business financing initiatives. He strives to place his expertise and experience at the service of local companies. He co-authored the book Mobile Persuasion, published by Stanford University Press in California, as well as cofounded MyFoodPhone, Inc. On this episode you will learn: How does Le Camp fit into Quebec's startup ecosystem? How active is American venture capital in the Quebec ecosystem? What startup verticals primarily make up the Le Camp incubator community?
Charles Boulanger is the CEO of LeddarTech. LeddarTech is the developer and owner of Leddar, a patented solid-state LiDAR sensing technology that constitutes a novel approach in light detection and ranging. Developed over 10+ years of R&D, Leddar is a unique combination of advanced light wave digital signal processing and software algorithms that enable the production of solid-state LiDARs delivering superior performance and reliability at the highly competitive price. LeddarTech’s sensors are used in multiple mobility-related markets including automotive, intelligent transport systems, drones, and industrial vehicles. LeddarTech technology contributes to improving our safety and our quality of life through applications minimizing the risks of accidents, reducing traffic congestion, and improving transport efficiency. On this episode you will learn: What's it like scaling a company to 100 employees from 30 in just a little over a year? How does the full stack of self driving car technology play out? What advantages do founders have starting a company in Quebec City?
Toyin Umesiri is the CEO and Founder of Nazaru and the convener of the Trade with Africa Business Summit. After over a decade working in corporate America; at Fortune 1 (Walmart) & Fortune 150 (Whirlpool Corporation), she made the leap to full time entrepreneurship to follow her passion for Africa. Following a trip to Africa in 2015 she committed to using her skills and global networks built as leverage in empowering people on the African continent. As CEO of Nazaru (www.nazaru.com), she leads a U.S. based company that drives increased U.S. commercial interest in Africa by not only fostering Business to Business (B2B) dialog that leads to mutually beneficial arrangements but also showcasing Africa's exporters and brands. On this episode you'll learn: What are some of the biggest trade constraints between the US and Africa? What are the strengths and core competencies of each African region? How is Nazaru solving the information problem in African markets?
Viola Llewellyn is the co-founder and President of Ovamba Solutions. Ovamba is an award winning African “FinTech” company that creates culturally attuned technologies to serve African SMEs with innovative Sharia compliant finance products, eCommerce, and logistics services to promote growth. Ovamba’s technology gives global accredited and institutional investors the opportunity to invest in the fast-growing African private sector. On this episode you'll learn: The difference between Francophone and Anglophone African markets. Why African SME's face such a challenge in access to growth capital. What is the current growth trajectory in the Cameroon tech ecosystem?
Phin Mpofu is a globally connected entrepreneurship evangelist. He is the Founder & Chairman of Global Symbiotic Partnerships a venture firm founded to create strategic partnerships with various stakeholders across all sectors. It's portfolio of ventures and affiliations include HOMESPLACE, a FinTech startup working to provide a hybrid residential mortgage leveraging crowd funding ; Tech Beach Retreat, an annual gathering of 250 tech influencers held in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Startup Grind, the largest entrepreneurial community in the world designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs, The Centre for Corporate & Startup Partnerships (CASP) and The Centre for Government & Startup Partnerships (GASP), Think Tanks and consultancies that facilitate and champion strategic partnerships between Corporates/Governments and startups. On this episode you'll learn: How Thames Valley's tech ecosystem complements London's ecosystem. What peaked Phin's interest when getting involved in helping build the caribbean's startup ecosystem? How to accelerate partnerships between corporates and startups.