Axis Ottawa returning to capital in October

Tech startups interested in being part of Axis Ottawa 2015 have two days left to take advantage of early-bird rates for the event, which connects them with international investors.

Held for the first time last September at Algonquin College, Axis Ottawa will return in 2015, this time with a bigger event on Oct. 21 and 22 at Carleton University.

Startups that apply before July 1 and are accepted into the event will get a reduced registration fee and an extra one-on-one training session.

“Globally successful companies have been bred in Ottawa and Kanata and the region is quickly reclaiming its reputation as Silicon Valley North,” Stage 2 Partners CEO Steven Tover said in a statement.

Stage 2 Partners and Axis Innovation are the primary organizers of the event. Axis Innovation hosts similar gatherings around the world, including one in Paris earlier this month and another coming up in Rio de Janeiro in July.

“We hold events around the world with the goal of securing investment for companies,” Axis Innovation CEO Ed Frank said in a statement. “We believe in the talent in the nation’s capital, and are excited to share this at Axis Ottawa.”

Mr. Tover said there are no concrete investments to report as a result of last year’s event – at least not yet.

“There are a few business development opportunities in the cooker and I hope that we will be able to announce something on that front in the coming months,” he told OBJ in an e-mail recently.

While the purpose of the conference is to help startups raise capital, it is also about introducing them to business opportunities they might not have had otherwise, he said.

“This is also important, since so many investors want to see traction through increased revenue or footprint before going to the next step,” he said.