Canadian_Pitch_Night_Anatoly Kvitnitsky

Silicon Valley Forum and the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) will be presenting "Canadian Pitch Night" in Silicon Valley on  February 17th from 5pm to 8pm at Hero City in San Mateo, CA. The event will showcase 11 emerging Canadian startups who will pitch to investors on-stage. To learn more about the Canadian startups, click here.

The CTA is an acceleration program designed to assist high-potential Canadian startups and entrepreneurs in the technology sector access the unique ecosystem that is the Silicon Valley.

Trulioo's Anatoly Kvitnitsky, Head of Growth, has been invited to participate in a fireside chat during Canadian Pitch Night to talk about his experience working in Silicon Valley. As a CTA alumnus, Anatoly will share insights and lessons learned from leading his Growth team in Silicon Valley with Trulioo's headquarters in Vancouver, Canada. He will talk about where Trulioo is now, how far the company has come since its inception, and its plans for the future.

Serial entrepreneur, Stephen Ufford, Trulioo's CEO and Founder, initially moved to Silicon Valley to raise venture capital for his company, and has successfully raised a total of $26.6 million since.

“Despite having several exits from my previous companies, I knew nobody. I had no contacts, no network in the Valley, so I [plugged] into a large incubator, a tech centre called Plug and Play. The [Canadian] government sponsors the Canadian Technology Accelerator there. Within this building, our government sponsors about 12 desks, which are available to Canadian startup entrepreneurs simply by asking," said Ufford. "With 300 startups all under one roof from all over the world, that attracted dozens of venture capital firms to come and hear pitches. I was put on a cycle where my one-pager that I wrote would be given to every VC that came into the building. When they came, you'd get 15, 20 minutes to pitch."

For an introduction to the Canadian startup ecosystem—an evening of pitches, discussions, and great networking, get your free ticket here!