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Use Your Startup Strengths to Crush Your Competition – Enlighten Lunch ‘n Learn

September 20, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

$5 – $10



Please join Innovation Factory and The Forge on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 for a joint Lunch ‘n Learn session featuring John Coombs of Rover!

John is the CEO of Rover, a rapidly growing startup focused on location-powered mobile engagement. At our session, John will share firsthand knowledge on how to compete with large enterprises as a startup, exploring why qualities unique to startups (agility, less bureaucracy, etc.) can be advantages in crushing the corporate competition.

He’ll also speak to his experience working out of the renowned 500 Startups accelerator in San Fransisco and his fundraising journey that raised over $1.1M for Rover this past year. John’s company is one of only 37 Canadian business that 500 Startups has made investments in, out of the 1,300+ they’ve invested in globally!

Why you need to be there!

This is a can’t-miss opportunity for entrepreneurs and startups to hear a success story that’s close to home – a young, Canadian founder who’s made opportunities pay off, raised significant funding, received investment from a globally-acclaimed accelerator, and who will speak candidly to you about his entrepreneurial experience.

Check out a recent podcast John recorded with 500 Startups on building Rover:

About Rover:

Rover is a mobile engagement platform that leverages iBeacon and Geofence technology to connect marketers with their customers at the right time. The platform serves hundreds of locations, in a number of key sectors including professional sports, retail, loyalty and tourism. As a leader in proximity marketing, Rover compliments the platform with industry insights and comprehensive campaign support. Customers are guided from pilot to full-scale rollout, ensuring they achieve a positive ROI from this powerful channel.


11:30am-noon – Lunch & Networking
Noon-1pm –  Factory 5 (AIVA) and Keynote Presentation (John Coombs)
1pm-2pm – Dessert & Networking (at iF’s Innovation Destination)

Lunch ‘n Learn sessions are a great way to get out and network while enjoying a catered lunch and learning something new! Please forward this to all of the innovators you know.



*Note: We have introduced a nominal attendance fee to allow us to better predict numbers and cover a portion of our catering costs.


September 20, 2016
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
$5 – $10
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Innovation Factory


McMaster Innovation Park
175 Longwood Road South
Hamilton, Ontario L8P0A1 Canada
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