The infraNET Project, University of
Communitech, CTT's Community Technology Association present ...
Distinquished Speaker Seminar Series
The State of High-Tech
A Provincial Opportunity
Wednesday, October 28,
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The most important force transforming
our societies, culture and politics is the networked economy
where everything is connected to everything else. It is a global
playing-field made level where opportunities abound for those businesses
poised to take the advantage. To get into the game and ultimately
succeed on a world class scale requires two essential elements each
dependent on the other for survival: venture capital and venture
knowledge. To act on this concept is power and to understand it, one
need only look South.
The explosive growth of innovation and
capitalism has fueled an unparalleled proliferation of high-tech
start-ups crammed into the 50-mile corridor known as Silicon Valley.
The phenomenon of the Valley has cost our country, and nations round
the world, a heavy price as the best and the brightest are lured to the
Valley in search of creating the next "Amazon Yahoo". But by
cultivating and supporting an indigenous model of the Valley, we can
stem the brain-drain south and even reverse the trend
a dream in
the making? Not so. It's reality and it's happening right now, right here.
Mr. Bennie will speak on relationship
between high tech venture capital and venture knowledge, the Silicon
Valley model and how XDL is reversing the trend - to the north.
Dennis Bennie founded XDL Capital Corp.
to focus exclusively on investing in and working with emerging
companies involved in the growth of the Internet and related
technologies. Since 1979, Dennis Bennie has created or co-founded, developed and
sold three successful technology related businesses: Delrina
Corporation. Ingram Micro Inc. and Mission Electronics. Mr. Bennie is a
director of: iCat Corporation, a provider of Internet electronic
commerce solutions; MGI Software Corp., a multimedia software solutions
provider for PCs and the Internet; Archer Enterprise Systems Inc., a leading developer
of sales force automation software; Backweb Technologies Inc., a
developer of Internet "push" software technology; and PC
Data, the leading market intelligence firm for software and hardware
XDL Capital Corporation
XDL Capital Corp. is a venture finance
firm providing value added capital to entrepreneurial companies
directly involved in, or positioned to benefit from, the growth of the
This seminar is sponsored by the
infraNET Project, University of Waterloo and Communitech, CTT's
Community Technology Association. We gratefully acknowledge the
assistance of the Institute for Computer Research.
CTT's Community Technology Association
For more information, contact:
The infraNET Project
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
Tel: 519-888-4074 Fax: 519-746-5422