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Action-Packed Day of Practical Learning!

September 2014, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Attendees of the Startup Empire will hear ideas and best-practice strategies that drive growth-oriented startups forward.
You will get a chance to hear, learn from and be inspired by some of the brightest names in the industry.

Growth Oriented

This is not a "feel-good" conference. The conference will focus on practical applications of growth and scaling for early stage startups. You will learn HR tips, management strategies, product management techniques, access growth-hacking tools and much more. This is one conference you don't want to miss.

Office Hours

Take advantage of the one-to-one meetings with our speakers and experienced entrepreneurs who will be available on site to help you with your startup problems. The Clarity lounge will be available with quick access to some of the smartest people in the industry.

Startup Showcase

Some of the most promising Atlantic Canadian Startups will showcase their products on-stage. This is great chance to meet some of the Atlantic Canadian most promising companies.

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Hear first-hand what it takes to get to the next level!

Speakers will discuss diverse topics to help companies determine what stage in the startup lifecycle they are in and how to move forward!



Registration starts at 8:00am, and the first talk kicks the day off at 9:00am. The whole day will be packed with growth oriented talks from successful and engaging entrepreneurs. A range of speakers from different industries will give presentations to cover all your bases. During each break we will feature a local startup company who will give a short pitch on their newest innovations. Throughout the day a Clarity Live booth will be set up in the lounge to help connect you to international expertise via Clarity. We will break for lunch at 12:00pm, and office hours will be available with our keynote speakers and experienced entrepreneurs at booths in the lobby. After lunch we will jump back into presentations, kicking off the afternoon with Don Harrison from Google Ventures. The day will wrap up with food and drinks at a local Irish Pub for an awesome after party you won’t want to miss!

Registration and Breakfast

Talk 1

Michael Litt

Coffee Break with Startup Showcase

Startup: Swapskis by Katelyn Romkey

Talk 2

Daniel Debow

Coffee Break with Startup Showcase

Startup: Dash Hudson by Thomas Rankin

Fireside chat with Dan Martell

Dan Martell & guest

Interactive Lunch Break

Office hours, Clarity Zone & Catered lunch


Don Harrison

Coffee Break with Startup Showcase

Startup: GetGifted by Gillian Macrae

Talk 3

John Baker

Coffee break with Startup Showcase

Startup: ModestTree by Emily Sanandeji

Laying a Foundation for Experimentation and Growth

April Dunford

coffee break with startup showcase

Startup: TopLog by Ozge Yeloglu

Talk 5


Wrap-up and Afterparty

Durty Nelly's

Immerse into Startups

  • Clarity Zone

    Get Startup Advice

    Education Seminar

    Conference Lobby

    Clarity Zone will set up a booth in the lounge area outside the presentation room where individuals can get startup advice from some of Clarity's best experts!

  • Office Hours

    Pitch the VC's


    Conference Lobby

    Have one-to-one meetings with entrepreneurs, Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists that will be available on site to help you with your startup problems.

  • Maritime Afterparty

    Startup Networking

    jQuery Master Class

    Durty Nelly's

    Join us at the end of the day at Durty Nelly’s, an Authentic Irish Pub completely designed and built in Ireland! Pub is withinalking distance from the conference. More info at durtynellys.ca


Startup Empire Will Be Held At

Park Lane Theatre, 5657 Spring Garden Road

Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane theatre is located in the heart of Halifax, close to all the shops, bars and hotels.

Park Lane venue features theatre seating, fast wi-fi connection, open concession stands, mobile electronics charging stations and quiet areas where you can talk.

Getting Here

Air Travel

Airport Car Service (Taxi/limo): It costs a flat rate of $63.00 one way to get into downtown Halifax.

Airport Express: The Maritime express airport shuttle between Halifax Stanfield International Airport and downtown Halifax. It stops at some of the main hotels and accommodations in Dartmouth and Halifax including our friends at Cambridge Suites and The Westin. It costs $22.00 one way or $40.00 for a round trip. If you are planning to come directly to the conference from your flight, the closest stop is The Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites (just 1 minute walking distance from Park Lane!)

MetroX (public transportation bus): The #320 bus travels from the airport directly to downtown Halifax stopping at Duke and Albemarle Street. From Duke and Albemarle Street it is a 15 minute walk to the Conference venue at Park Lane. It costs $3.50 and runs every 30 minutes during peak hours and every hour the rest of the time.

By Car

Car Rentals: Cars rentals are conveniently located at the lower level of the Airport Parkade. To drive to downtown Halifax, take the NS 102 toward Halifax, Dartmouth. Drive for about 11 km then keep left on NS-118 after about 19 km turn left onto Victoria Road. At Nantucket Avenue turn right and head over the Angus L MacDonald Bridge. There is a $1.00 toll here so have a loonie handy. After the bridge drive until Gottingen Street and make a left onto Rainnie (you will see the Citadel). Turn right onto Brunswick Street and then the next right onto Sackville Street. Take the next left onto Dresden Row and the Conference centre will be on your right hand side.

Travel Notes

Maritime Bus provides a passenger service across Atlantic Canada and Quebec. There are many bus/coach tours with stays in Halifax. Popular providers include Atlantic Tours and Ambassatours.

VIA Rail Canada offers trans-continental connection with Western Canadian cities, and some US destinations. You can reach Halifax from Montreal by train overnight.

Uber operates in Halifax! If you need to get around in the city, this is an easy, hassle free way of exploring.

Busing is an economical and easy way to get around and navigate Downtown Halifax. The #1 travels along Spring Garden Road and stops at most of the major places in the downtown core from The Halifax Shopping Centre, to the doorstep of Volta, down by the water and even over to Dartmouth. Buses are frequent and cost $2.50.

Hotels Nearby

Cambridge Suites Hotel

1583 Brunswick St.
Phone: 902-420-0555

Four Points by Sheraton

1496 Hollis St.
Phone: 902-423-4444

Westin Nova Scotian

1181 Hollis St.
Phone: 902-421-1000


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