This session took place on October 16 , 2015, at the Innovacorp Enterprise Centre. Watch a video of the gathering on our YouTube channel.

Start-up accelerators have been sprouting up‎ in recent years, fostering the rapid growth of participating companies. Much more than the "demo days" many of us know them best for, accelerators offer access to seed investment, intensive education and mentorship, cool workspaces, and introductions to potential customers and partners.

Is an accelerator program right for your company? What should you consider when deciding whether to participate? What are some tips for scoring a spot? And what can you expect ‎once there? ‎

Get the answers on October 16 from our panel of folks well-versed in start-up acceleration.

Paul Singh, Investor & Founder ( – Paul is a Washington, DC-based investor, founder, advisor and public speaker. Most recently, he was managing director at 1776, an accelerator in Washington, and general partner in 1776’s seed fund. Prior to 1776, Paul was the founder of Disruption Corporation (acquired by 1776) and general partner of Disruption’s post-seed venture capital arm, Crystal Tech Fund. He was also a partner at 500 Startups, an accelerator and venture firm headquartered in Silicon Valley that has invested in more than 1,000 companies across 50+ countries. Paul has founded a few of his own start-ups (two successful exits and a number of failures in between) and spent some time working with PBworks, AOL and Symantec.

Ying Tam, President & CEO, Mindful Scientific and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Propel ICT (, – Ying is the entrepreneur-in-residence at Propel ICT, a private-sector-led accelerator helping emerging Atlantic Canadian companies build successful businesses. He is also president and CEO of Mindful Scientific, an early stage medical device company focused on brain health. Through Mindful Scientific, Ying spent time at the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) in Boston.

Mark Hobbs, Co-Founder, Fundmetric ( – Mark is a co-founder of Fundmetric, a technology company that specializes in helping charities identify and inspire donors using real-time data analysis. Prior to Fundmetric, Mark was a partner with Denote Communications, a Halifax advertising agency. He is a graduate of the Propel ICT Launch 36 acceleration program and has participated in the Google for Entrepreneurs tenancy program at Communitech. Mark sits on the board of Easter Seals Nova Scotia and Entrepreneurs with Disabilities.

Yves Boudreau, Co-Founder & CEO, Qimple ( – Yves is co-founder and CEO of, a platform that helps companies make better hires in less time. Qimple is a graduate of the Propel ICT Launch 36 acceleration program. The company subsequently spent four months in San Francisco at 500 Startups, one of the most recognized accelerators in the world, having earned one of just 35 spots in the cohort out of more than 1,000 applicants. A second-time founder, Yves has a strong background in product development and UI/UX.

Friday, October 16, 2015
9:00 am - 10:00 am
(light breakfast from 8:30 am - 9:00 am)
Innovacorp Enterprise Centre
1344 Summer Street, Halifax

RSVP to Charmaine via email or 902.424.8674 x 1502 by Thursday, October 15.

Note to our Cape Breton friends: We’re live-casting this session to a group gathered in Cape Breton (location TBD); click here to let our team there (aka Bob Pelley!) know you’re coming to the Sydney webcast.