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Startup City: Embracing Startup Culture to Make Positive Change in Cities

May 9, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Startup City

The City of Toronto is home to a diverse innovation eco-system that drives economic growth and opportunities. However, embracing that spirit of innovation within the bureaucracy of a municipal government is often fraught with difficulties and challenges.

Through his experience as the former Director of Transportation in both the cities of Washington DC and Chicago, as well his experience as a startup entrepreneur and venture capital fund partner, Gabe Klein will share his insights on developing a culture of innovation at City Hall while collaborating with public and private sector stakeholders to get meaningful projects done quickly.

Startup City: Inspiring Private & Public Entrepreneurship

In Start-Up City, Gabe Klein demonstrates how to effect big, directional change in cities —and how to do it fast. Klein’s objective is to inspire what he calls “public entrepreneurship,” a start-up-pace energy within the public sector, brought about by leveraging the immense resources at its disposal. Klein offers guidance for cutting through the morass, and a roadmap for getting real, meaningful projects done quickly and having fun while doing it.

Bringing Startup Culture to City Hall

Civic innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs share their insights on how City Hall can embrace startup culture.

Panelists include:

  • Dorothy Eng, Co-Founder, Civic Tech Toronto & Account Executive, Architech
  • Joeri van den Steenhoven, Director, MaRS Solution Lab
  • Hossein Rahnama, CEO & Founder, Flybits
  • Tracey Cook, Executive Director, Municipal Licensing & Standards, City of Toronto
  • Brian Donlan, Executive Vice President, Cisco

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May 9, 2016
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Enterprise Toronto
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MaRS Discovery District
101 College St.
Toronto, ON M5G 1L7 Canada
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