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CTN #5: Startup Talk Series

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About this event

During this meetup learn from three active tech founders and a key leader in the angel investment space on what they, and others, did right and didn’t do right when starting their venture. Learn from the successes, set backs and the squishy stuff in the middle!

These first had stories will equip you with insights, ideas and lessons learned from entrepreneurs that have been there done that and are still there and doing it!

Stories that can potentially help you chart a successful path to start and grow your business OR help those that are. This, don’t miss in-person, event is designed to help you make connections, improve your knowledge and dig deeper into the mind of the entrepreneur… well not too much but you get the picture!

Plus, we’ll ask them to discuss what core technologies they use in their business today that help them operate and grow their business.

Here’s the lineup!


– April Robinson, Co-CEO & Cofounder, KP9 Interactive. | Owen Sound, Ontario.

KP9 Interactive is a software development company that has created an accessible easy to use AR Design studio for agencies & marketers to enter the world of augmented reality. | https://www.linkedin.com/in/april-robinson-kp9 / https://www.kp9.ca/

– Russ Ellis, Owner, CTRE Productions & Event Host | Owen Sound, Ontario.

CTRE Productions specializes in delivering professional high quality live streaming and production services, for corporate, music & sporting events enabling you to reach your audience regionally or globally. | https://www.linkedin.com/in/russ-ellis-ctre/ https://www.ctreproductions.com/

– Rand Fiskin, SparkToro CEO. Author of Lost & Founder. Former CEO and Founder of SEOmoz | Seattle, Washington

SparkToro enables high quality audience research for marketers, PR folks, entrepreneurs, and product builders without the need for expensive, time-consuming, inaccurate surveys or impossible-to-scale manual research. | https://www.linkedin.com/in/randfishkin/

– Karen Grant, Former COO of Equation Angels and Executive Director, Angel One Investor Network. | Huntsville, Ontario.

Karen is a passionate advocate of angel investing. She has worked in the start-up space since the early 1990s as an investor and a founder.| https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-grant/

Panel Discussion Starter:

Chris Herbert, Rural Entrepreneur & Catapult Tech Network Development Lead

Entrepreneurs from all walks of life are invited to join us to listen to the stories being shared by these experienced entrepreneurs and founders. This is an in-person event.


6:00 pm: Event doors open at the Old Bank Studio. Beverages and snacks will be served. Informal networking is encouraged.

6:30 pm: Main event starts

– Opening remarks from Chris Herbert, CTN Development Lead

– Panel Session with interactive Q&A. Round robin discussion on “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly startup stories”.

7:30 pm: Social networking, entertainment and some fun stuff!

9:00 pm: Event officially ends

Location: CTRE Productions | Old Bank Studio 881/889 2nd Ave East, Owen Sound N4K 2H2

This event is mask friendly.


All registrants will be entered into a draw for a Catapult Golf Tournament foursome which has been generously sponsored by James McGregor / Engel & Volkers Real Estate https://jamesmcgregor.evrealestate.com/.

Another draw item is one of 5 books by Rand Fishkin entitled: Lost and Founder.


CTRE Productions
881 2nd Ave E
Owen Sound, ON N4K1K4 Canada
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