This year’s Discovery will welcome a large contingent of international investors scouting for promising technology breakthroughs and lending their support and expertise to entrepreneurs and start-ups.
This includes close to 100 members of the Keiretsu Forum, a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate and institutional investors, who will be actively involved in many aspects of OCE’s annual conference and showcase on April 27 and 28.
“This is a very exciting development for Discovery,” says Anne Wettlaufer, OCE’s Vice-President Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs. “Members of the Keiretsu Forum have a great deal to offer to young entrepreneurs and we are always pleased to be able to help our companies gain an international profile and a more global outlook.”
Keiretsu Forum, founded in 2000, is a worldwide network of capital, resources and deal flow with 34 chapters on three continents. Keiretsu Forum members invest in high-quality, diverse investment opportunities and seek opportunities to become involved in social and charitable activities.
At this year’s event, Keiretsu members will participate in Discovery’s Ask an Expert area, where attendees are able to connect with experienced and high-profile mentors on topics such as investing, entrepreneurship, support for innovation, professional services, and corporate leadership. Ask an Expert will occur throughout Discovery and include booked meetings as well as informal networking.
The Keiretsu Forum is also involved in Discovery’s Investor Pitch. In addition to selecting finalists, they are sponsoring an impressive prize package for the winner, including an opportunity to present on April 28 to hundreds of investors at the Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo in Toronto; Entrance fee, flights and accommodation to pitch at the Global Deal Expo in California and six hours of consulting and coaching to prepare for the Angel Capital Expo. In addition to the Keiretsu prizes, the winner will also receive $10,000 from Ontario Centres of Excellence.