This event happened on October 1, 2014, at Innovacorp's Technology Innovation Centre. Watch a video recording of the session.

“Venture grade” is a term increasingly bandied about these days in Atlantic Canada’s maturing technology start-up community. But what does it really mean to be “venture grade”?

Find out at our Business Over Breakfast on October 1 at the Technology Innovation Centre in Dartmouth.

You may have a disruptive technology, a solid team and a compelling business model, but is your company venture grade? Our panel of investors (details below) will define the term and tell us what they’re looking for, what turns them on, what turns them off, and how you can better position your venture to attract investors.

Jeff White, Co-Founder and COO, East Valley Ventures (– Jeff has over 20 years of experience in successfully leading ICT companies through Canadian and US venture capital financings, cross-border IPOs and international mergers and acquisitions. He has worked with and held CFO roles with companies such as Deloitte, IMagicTV, Q1 Labs, and Genesys Laboratories Canada. He was the CFO for Radian6, and executed its sale to in May 2012. Jeff’s senior financial leadership has helped companies from angel stage financings through to profitability and international expansion. He has taken a company public on the NASDAQ and TSX, and sold a publicly traded company to international buyers. As the COO of East Valley Ventures, an advanced accelerator for Atlantic Canadian start-up companies, Jeff focuses on the entrepreneur to help create a cohesive extraordinary team, assist with idea iteration and capitalize their company. He is past chair of PropelICT, a former member of Atlantica Centre for Energy, and currently a board member of Enterprise Saint John. Jeff is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and a chartered accountant.

Brian Lowe, Co-Founder and Director, First Angel Network ( – Brian is a seasoned angel investor, accomplished entrepreneur and recognized business leader with over 35 years of experience. As COO and co-founder of ImmunoVaccine Technologies Inc., Brian was responsible for the incorporation of – and private fundraising totaling $10 million for – Immunovaccine Inc., today a publicly traded company (TSX:IMV). He is a co-founder and director of First Angel Network, Atlantic Canada’s largest association for private investors. His past posts include president, CEO and founder of three environmental companies based in Dartmouth that were successfully sold to Laidlaw Environmental Services of South Carolina. Brian is current chair of BioNova, a past director of the National Angel Capital Association, and a director of Springboard Atlantic. He is currently Entrepreneur in Residence at Dalhousie University and part-time COO at ABK Biomedical.
Greg Phipps, Managing Director of Investment, Innovacorp ( – Greg is an investment, finance, and operations professional with extensive start-up and business building experience. He has over a decade of venture investment management, 17 start-ups and 50 equity investment transactions under his belt. At Innovacorp, he manages the investment team and is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, due diligence, and deal structure, closing and governance. He also provides hands-on business guidance to Innovacorp’s investment portfolio companies. For 11 years prior to joining Innovacorp, Greg served as the Atlantic region’s director of venture capital for BDC Venture Capital.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
9:00 am – 10:00 am 
(light breakfast from 8:30 am – 9:00 am)
Technology Innovation Centre
1 Research Drive, Dartmouth

Note: There's ample – and free – parking at this location!

RSVP to Charmaine at or 424.8674 x 1502 by Monday, September 29.