REPLAY AVAILABLE: Webinar Accelerate Your Startup - April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020 - 1 PM to 3 PM EST @ Webinar

About this Session

We have specially arranged a topic on government support for Startups during COVID-19.  Canadian government has resources and support that your Startup might be able to take advantage of to pass this difficult time.

This is a FREE education session for startups with useful topics, including:

  • Event Topic: Accelerate your Startup (Special Topic – Government Support during COVID-19 for Startup)
  • Time: April 17, 2020
  • Time: 1 PM to 3 PM EST
  • Location: Webinar
  • Cost: FREE
  • Language: English



Topics Presenter Duration
CAIF Introduction Your Host 10 mins
Replay Available: COVID-19: Government Support and Resources for Startups Meifang Zhu – CAIF Legal Advisor 30 mins
Replay Available: IP Strategy for Startups: Using IP to create Barriers to entry, focus R&D and create value Adriana Ieraci – Founder and CEO of Conveyor Built, U of T Professor 30 mins
Replay Available: Startup Funding in a Crisis Alan Wunsche – CEO & Co-Founder, TokenFunder & Blockchain Canada 30 mins
Networking 20 mins

About the Presenters

Meifang Zhu

CAIF Legal Advisor

Meifang has law degrees from both China and Canada. Before coming to Canada, she obtained Bachelor of Laws from East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai, China). She was admitted to the Chinese Bar in 2013 and practiced as an Assistant Prosecutor in Shanghai, China, focusing on financial crimes.  In October 2018, Meifang obtained her Master of Laws in International Business Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Toronto, Canada). Currently, she is an NCA candidate (National Committee on Accreditation) pursuing the Lawyer Licensing Process in Ontario.  Meifang Zhu has joined the CAIF team since October 2019 as a Legal Advisor (volunteer) who assists with legal matters of the foundation.


Adriana Ieraci

Founder and CEO of Conveyor Built, U of T Professor

Adriana Ieraci is the founder and CEO of Conveyor Built, a product and service design firm that uses human-centred design to develop new product and service ideas using emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics. She is currently leading the research and development of a wearable medical device to prevent muscle loss due to inactivity during hospital stays. Ms. Ieraci has worked with startups and research institutions developing commercialization strategy, business models, service and experience designs. She is a human-centred design, service design and technology entrepreneurship lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, and the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Adriana’s passion for technological literacy and open innovation inspired her to start the GYBO Robotics Network, a network of over 850 roboticists and robot enthusiasts in southern Ontario. She is a member of the board of the Parametric Human Project. Adriana has a Masters of Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Twitter:  or @adrianai

Alan Wunsche

CEO & Co-Founder, TokenFunder & Blockchain Canada

Alan is CEO & Chief Token Officer of TokenFunder, and Chair & Co-Founder of Blockchain Canada. Alan is a finance technologist focused on new blockchain business models and the disruptive impacts of blockchain on global wealth distribution. He brings hands-on technology experience as a finance and risk transformation executive at a global bank (Scotiabank), management consulting (Deloitte, PwC), and startups.


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