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October 13, 2010
Small Business Forum presenters to model runways to success
How to find and secure financing for early-stage ventures is a hot topic at the 10th annual Enterprise Toronto Small Business Forum on Tuesday, October 19. The event's more than 20 speakers include angel investors and funded Toronto entrepreneurs as well as technology and innovation experts.

The forum's closing keynote presentation will be delivered by Montreal's Austin Hill, one of Canada's most accomplished young entrepreneurs (Zero-Knowledge Systems, Total.Net, Infobahn Online Services). Hill was also one of the investors behind the Toronto firm BumpTop that was sold to Google earlier this year.

Hill will speak as part of the "Entrepreneurs in Action" hosted by TD Canada Trust. This evening event will also feature Ignite presentations (a concept which has become an international phenomena) with five of Toronto's most exciting entrepreneurs, including Kunal Gupta (Polar Mobile), Daniel Debow (Rypple), Leila Boujnane (Idee Inc.), Canadian fashion icon Brian Bailey and John Paul Morgan (Morgan Solar).

The panel discussion "The Pitch that Helped them Finance their Business" will provide insight into how three Toronto businesses successfully financed their businesses. Nancy Peterson ( and Darren Anderson (Vive Nano) are joined by Dragon‘s Den winners Wendy Johannson and Claudia Harvey (Dig It).

Forum presenters will also share effective strategies for finding and retaining customers by leveraging new social media channels. Toronto-based ScribbleLive, provider of a content delivery platform for the news industry and one of Rogers' Ventures first investments, will power the forum's "Digital Zone" and live social media feed. In the "Digital Zone", attendees will have an opportunity to try new hardware from Rogers Communications as well as a variety of business softwares, mobile applications and social media tools.

The forum's sold-out tradeshow has more than 80 exhibitors including: microlenders Access Community Capital Fund, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, representatives from the National Angel Capital Organization, TD Canada Trust Small Business Banking, the Business Development Bank of Canada, accounting firm Fuller Landau and the production team from CBC television's reality show Dragon's Den.

The Small Business Forum will take place on Tuesday, October 19, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front St. W. - North Building, 100 Level) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. This is a free event but registration is required. For more information visit

Enterprise Toronto provides services and programs tailored to meet the needs of Toronto's entrepreneurs and small businesses, helping them to achieve their full potential so that they grow to create jobs and contribute to Toronto’s prosperity.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Shane Gerard, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-397-5711,
Katherine Roos, Small Business Manager, Enterprise Toronto, 416-395-7474,



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