Launch and Grow Your Tech Venture: AMA Fireside Chat

By Vaughan Economic Development, YSpace


Date and Time:

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Tickets: Free


Launch & Grow Your Tech Venture series presented by YSpace, York University & Vaughan Business & Entrepreneurship Centre:

Ideal applicants are building and looking to bring a tech product into the market. If you are an early-stage tech entrepreneur developing or refining your prototype and looking to find early traction, this opportunity will help you get launched.

Description: This interactive and engaging fireside chat will explore an entrepreneur’s journey of how they brought their product to life. Topics will include how to go from inception to launch, building go-to-market strategies, and growing revenue. Additionally, we’ll have an engaging conversation on funding routes that maybe right for you.


About the Speaker:
Erich Ko, CEO & Co-founder, HopIn Tech

Erich Ko is the Co-founder and CEO of Hop in Technologies. Erich is deeply involved within the start up ecosystem, providing mentorship and advisory at various incubators and accelerators across Canada. Erich’s previous experiences are in the public sector, having worked at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in Public Relations, with the Ministry of Attorney General



About the Speaker:
Nafis Ahmed, YSpace

Nafis joined York University in 2020 after spending 5 years with the Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University – the world’s first incubator dedicated to legal tech. Nafis is a driven leader with a strong background in developing entrepreneurial ecosystems, fueling startup growth, and building communities and has supported startups in various stages of their development across the GTA tech community.

Previous to the Legal Innovation Zone, Nafis was part of the operations team at The DMZ, and was also a Co-Founder of NuLens Innovation, using entrepreneurial frameworks to facilitate innovation projects and initiatives. He is deeply involved in startup and social innovation initiatives through his volunteer activities, and is passionate about supporting individuals pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations.



This workshop is brought to you in partnership with YSpace‘s Venture Catalyst program, a free 6-week training, and mentorship program that supports early-stage tech entrepreneurs in testing their start-up ideas and bringing a proof-of-concept to life. Program participants gain access to interactive online workshops, expert mentorship, peer support, and start-up resources to transform their ideas into a successful business.

Vaughan-based entrepreneurs participating in this series have the opportunity to apply for a provincial grant of up to $5,000 through the Vaughan Starter Company Plus program, designed to help implement and execute on the plans created through this training series. Learn more at: