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The “F” Factor: Fueling Founders

March 4 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fierce. Fearless. Focused.

Fierce. Fearless. Focused.

Join us for the official IWM 2024 launch event hosted by Invest Ottawa and BDC Capital’s Thrive Venture Fund.

Get ready for frank discussions inspired by the “F” words that impact entrepreneurs and business leaders the most, from fighting burnout and finding fellowship, to financing, fundraising and pivoting fast.

Register for The “F” Factor and hear from folks prepared to be vulnerable and to share experiences and lessons learned. This event will include stories of epic failures and rebounds, redefining the future, and charting winding paths to success in unprecedented times.

The Agenda

8:00 AM: Registration and Networking

Folks with in-person tickets are welcome to join fellow attendees, speakers, allies and women leaders at Bayview Yards for our morning networking session. Light refreshments will be served.

9:00 AM: Welcome Remarks & Land Acknowledgement Ceremony

9:10 AM: Overview of BDC Capital’s Thrive Venture Fund and Lab for Women and Associated Opportunities

9:20 AM: Opening Presentation: Our Journey – Progress and Outcomes Achieved to Date on the Women Founders and Owners Business Strategy established by Invest Ottawa

9:50 AM: A Panel Discussion moderated by Michelle Younes

10:40 AM: Networking Break

11:00 AM: Keynote Talk with Michele Romanow, Dragon, CBC’s Dragon’s Den; Co-Founder and Executive Chair, Clearco

Tech titan Michele Romanow is a serial entrepreneur who started six companies before her 35th birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Romanow is the co-founder and executive chair of Clearco, the world’s largest e-commerce investor. It has invested over $5 billion into 10,000 entrepreneurs in 13 countries. Before this, she co-founded SnapSaves, acquired by American tech giant Groupon, and Buytopia.ca, acquired by Emerge.

Noon: Concluding Remarks and Networking

Light refreshments will be served from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the RBC Foundry of Bayview Yards.

Register Now

Year after year, this event promises to be one that can’t be missed. So register now to reserve your free ticket today!

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Important Event Details to Ensure a Great Experience for You

If you are joining us in person, we are delighted to share the following information on transportation to our innovation hub and the support available upon your arrival.

  • Cycling: Located beside the Ottawa River Pathway and many other routes, Bayview Yards is easily accessible via bicycle. We offer ample bike racks at the front and back of our building throughout all seasons.
  • Parking: 50 spaces along Bayview Station Road offer 2 hours of free parking, and 27 spaces along Stonehurst and Burnside offer 1 hour of free parking.
  • Transit: Bayview Yards is 600m away from Bayview Station, which serves multiple routes. It is also the O-Train stop.
  • Driving: 50 spaces along Bayview Station Road offer 2HR free parking, and 27 spaces along Stonehurst and Burnside offer 1HR free parking.
  • Parking: Complimentary parking is available onsite.
  • Inclusive & Accessible: Should you have any specific mobility requirements, please contact Audrey Willsey at [email protected]. Our team will be pleased to work with you to make all the arrangements required for a great experience.

By registering for this event, you accept that:

  • You may be photographed or video recorded as we capture special moments during this event and share memories with our community via our website and social media.
  • You will receive event-related emails, as well as an invitation to subscribe to our mailing list.

Special Thank You

We are incredibly grateful to the BDC Capital’s Thrive Venture Fund for their generous support as our title sponsor for IWM 2024 and their unwavering commitment to our shared goals and community.

Register Now

If you’re aspiring, pivoting or scaling a business, this is the place to be on March 4, 2024. Join us at Bayview Yards or catch all the action virtually via our Hopin Event Platform. No matter where you are, this event is not to be missed. All are welcome and it’s all free!


March 4
8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Invest Ottawa
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Bayview Yards
7 Bayview Station Road, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2C5
Ottawa, K1Y 2C5 CA
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