Waterloo Region, October 6, 2016Techtoberfest returns to the Communitech Hub October 12-13, 2016. The two-day event brings high-profile venture capitalists from across North America to meet with up-and-coming tech startups within the Toronto-Waterloo Region corridor. Hosted annually by Communitech, Techtoberfest is strategically aligned with North America’s largest Oktoberfest celebration. Speakers include:


  • Troy Carter— As CEO and founder of Atom Factory, an entertainment company with roots in music and technology, Carter is a digital and social entrepreneur. He began his career in the music industry, eventually managing Lady Gaga, John Legend and Meghan Trainor. Today, he’s a tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist, having invested in companies like Uber, Spotify and Dropbox.


  • Kelly Hoey— Hoey is a strategist and investor, and was named 1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship by Forbes and one of the 25 Smartest Women on Twitter by Fast Company.


  • Leonard Brody—Brody is an award-winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, best-selling author and two-time Emmy Award nominee. He’s currently the President of the Innovation and Digital Group for the Anshutz Company—one of the largest live sports entertainment businesses in the world—and has helped in raising millions of dollars for startup companies.


  • Anthony Lacavera— Lacavera is the founder and former CEO of Wind Mobile and founder and chairman at Globalive Holdings.


  • Howard Love— Love is the founder and CEO of digital publishing firm LoveToKnow and an angel investor. He’s also a serial entrepreneur and author.


  • Chakameh Shafii—Co-founder and CEO of Tranqool, an online platform designed for people living with mental distress. She’s an expert in ideation, having been inspired to build a solution after experiencing first-hand the challenges accessing mental health resources.


“You won’t find any other tech event quite like this on the planet,” said Madusha Cooray, Investor Relations and Startup Services Group Manager, Communitech. “Last year resulted in 160 one-on-one meetings with startups and investors in only 4 hours. This is investing on steroids.”


Interested media can register for a media pass, here.


For inquiries, please contact:


Samantha Clark

Public Relations Specialist






About Communitech


Communitech is a private-public innovation centre in Waterloo Region that supports a community ecosystem of more than 1,000 tech companies—from startups to rapidly growing mid-size companies and large global players. A member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, which is funded by the Ontario Government, Communitech helps tech companies start, grow and succeed.