Navigating Deep-Tech Innovation: Insights from Sep Assadian

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In this episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we’re excited to welcome Sep Assadian, VP, Founder Success at ventureLAB. With a rich background in global innovation ecosystems, Sep brings over fifteen years of experience to the table. At ventureLAB, he’s at the forefront of guiding startups towards market expansion, investment readiness, and global scalability. Sep discusses the inception and impact of the HardTech Investor Network (HIN), a pivotal initiative aimed at transforming Canada’s deep-tech ecosystem.

Key Highlight Points:

  • Sep’s path to leading ventureLAB and the motivation behind focusing on deep-tech and hardtech sectors.
  • The rationale behind launching HIN and its objectives in filling gaps within the Canadian deep-tech ecosystem.
  • Overview of companies involved in HIN, selection criteria, and a highlight of significant achievements.
  • Long-term goals of HIN and its expected role in supporting Canada’s tech ecosystem and economic benefits.
  • Current investment challenges in the Canadian deep-tech scene and how HIN aims to address these issues.
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We express our deepest gratitude to Sep Assadian for his enlightening discussion on deep-tech investment and the transformative role of the HardTech Investor Network. His insights and the initiatives at ventureLAB are pivotal in fostering a nurturing environment for Canada’s tech startups, highlighting the critical need for focused investment and support in the deep-tech sector.

A big thank you to our partners – RBC, UPS, Xero, and Constant Contact – for their continued support. For those intrigued by the potential within Canada’s tech ecosystem and the supportive avenues available through HIN, we invite you to dive deeper and engage with these opportunities.

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