A Canadian here in the United States is used to talking about international experience. Being the holder of a visa, green card or even dual citizenship, entrepreneurs originally from up North know what it’s like to be a stranger in a strange land - and Silicon Valley can definitely be considered strange! But what struck a chord at this month’s Canadians In Tech Meetup was the amount of work that is being done by the entrepreneurs in attendance across borders and not just the one between the United States and Canada.
Found throughout the crowd at cool San Francisco neighborhood cocktail bar Harper and Rye were a number of Canadians and C100 friends who are working to build business opportunities throughout the world. Two of those entrepreneurs were Bradley Loiselle and Tony Keenan of Canadian educational network SKILLSdox. This startup is bringing online education to India’s industry sectors through an exclusive partnership with the Times of India. By chance, Bradley and Tony were in town for meetings with a number of venture capital firms and had the opportunity to share their experience at the meetup.
“This was my first networking event with C100 and I was quite surprised with such a great turn out and the level of quality people, conversations and connections made. I wouldn't definitely attend another one.” - Bradley Loisselle, President & CEO of Skillsdox
Among the attendees were also representatives from the Spain Tech Center, a neighbor of C100 at our Rocketspace office in San Francisco. Just as C100 is trying to support Canadian tech entrepreneurship with our Silicon Valley network, the Spain Tech Center is working to build a support network for companies from Spain to expand their business into Silicon Valley. Clearly, we’re on to something here!
The next Canadians in Tech Meetup will be on Wednesday, May 13th.
The Canadians in Tech Meetups are hosted on the 2nd Wednesday of every month in various locations around San Francisco. We invite all Canadians living in the Bay Area to join, as well as anyone visiting from Canada. Perhaps strangers when you walk in, you will no doubt leave with a new group of friends and people willing to open up their network to help you succeed.
For more information, check out the event webpage.