Meet IDSC Partnerships Director Justin Gammage at Venture Café’s Canadian Innovation Night 7/20

Venture Cafe Miami event at CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center)

Meet IDSC Partnerships Director Justin Gammage at Venture Café’s…

IDSC’s new Director of Partnerships, Justin Gammage, recently relocated from Canada. This makes him a perfect fit for this Canada-themed installment of Venture Café’s regular “Thursday Gathering” event series. Attendees may register to attend all or a portion of the event. Read more and Register at the Venture Cafe Miami website.

Canadian Innovation Night

Justin GammageWhat country produces 4% of global knowledge, despite having only 0.5% of the population?

Canada, the next destination in our C-The Future journey around the globe in search of opportunities for international innovation! Well-known for its hockey culture and maple syrup production, this nation’s also a hub for cutting-edge tech, research, and development. From advancements in its supercluster, immigration, and innovation attraction program, Canada is constantly pushing the boundaries!

Tap into the power of this global leader at the Venture Café Canadian Innovation Night! Meet pioneering Canadian tech companies that have recently relocated to Miami and learn about the history and future of this nation’s partnership with our state with Consul General Sylvia Cesaratto. Join a panel of experts as they debunk misconceptions about cross-border investment and discover the benefits of partnering with Canada, a practice also known as “Friendshoring.” But wait, there’s more! To truly embrace Canada’s innovative spirit, indulge in an array of traditional treats especially paired with expertly handcrafted drinks and let Ottawa’s very own DJ Katrella take you on a mesmerizing journey with her live sounds. Get ready to experience the best that the Great White North has to offer.

Justin will be a part of the “Myth Busting International Expansion and Investment” Panel (7:10-7:40 PM) that includes Aaron Rosen, President, World Affairs Council Miami; Davy Karkason, Esq., of Transnational Matters, PLLC; and Justus Parmar, Founder and CEO of Fortuna Investments.

PANEL | Myth Busting International Expansion and Investment
When it comes to international expansion, especially into Canada, there are numerous misconceptions that can discourage founders from scaling their business and taking it to the next level. But fear not! Venture Café has assembled a panel of seasoned professionals in HR/Recruitment, VC Investment/Management, Legal, and Accounting to dispel these myths and provide attendees with expert guidance. Moderated by Aaron Rosen, the panel will not only debunk these common misconceptions, but also provide practical advice and accurate information to guide your journey of international expansion. Don’t let myths hold you back—join this panel and gain valuable insights and move forward with confidence!

Agenda | Register Now

5:00-9:00 PM Cocktails + Connections
5:10-9:00 PM Canadian Tech Expo
5:30-6:30 PM Live Beats: DJ Katrella Set
6:30-7:10 PM Miami as a Global Gateway: Next Stop, Canada
7:10-7:40 PM Myth Busting International Expansion and Investment
7:40-7:55 PM Friendshoring in Canada: Finding Scalability + Talent for Growing Business
7:55-8:10 PM Exchange Zone: Canadian Edition


Converge Miami, 1951 NW 7th Avenue, First Floor, Miami, FL 33136 (Map | Directions)

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About Venture Café Miami

Venture Café we builds strategic partnerships with companies and organizations that are evolving business, education, technology, social justice, science and the arts within Miami and beyond. The Thursday Gathering provides an invaluable opportunity  to connect with others in an innovation community and a variety of high-impact educational sessions and programming. When you take part in a Venture Café event, you can meet hundreds of innovative, like-minded and resourceful people who are just as invested in improving the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Miami as you are.

Venture Café Miami is a nonprofit, sister organization of CIC Miami (Cambridge Innovation Center | Coworking Offices, Labs, and Event Space) and is part of a global network. Their mission is to broaden, connect, and support the innovation community through offering a freely accessible network with programming to help anyone with an idea to succeed. By connecting innovators, they create impact and foster innovation and growth.

About Converge Miami

Converge Miami is at the heart of an emerging innovation district. Convenient to downtown Miami, the Port of Miami and the Miami International Airport, there is currently a 180K sf building that houses startups, established companies, Converge Labs (shared space and equipment for early stage startups) and key UM programs, including the U Innovation team. Dr. Norma Kenyon serves as the University liaison between the U and Wexford Science and Technology, the U’s partner in developing the district. Converge Miami is located within an opportunity zone, which provides unique opportunities for startups, and we are planning for the second research and innovation building.

Converge Miami building