OTTAWA, April 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cube Business Media, producer of SAAS NORTH, is excited to announce that SAAS NORTH 2018 will take place on November 28-29 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. In its third year, the event will bring together 1500 entrepreneurs from 500 SaaS (software as a service) companies from across the globe. With over 70 speakers, the conference promises to deliver attendees the tactical tools needed to scale up, continue to innovate or find their next customer.
This year some of Canada’s most significant homegrown enterprise software companies including Lead Sponsor Shopify, Freshbooks, Hootsuite, Klipfolio, Uberflip, Mobify and Benevity have joined the Steering Committee helping to shape the 2018 event. Global SaaS leaders such as Hubspot, Salesforce, Amazon-AWS and Google are also members, adding to the depth and breadth of what the 2018 program will offer. Investment and financial services firms including BDC, Inovia, Highline Beta, Sure Path Capital and Silicon Valley Bank will also be lending their expertise to the planning phase. See here for the full Steering Committee list.
Returning Sponsor and Committee member, Allan Wille, CEO, Klipfolio, notes that, “SAAS NORTH is the best opportunity for our employees to be inspired, speak with other SaaS leaders and meet with our customers. We have sent as many of our employees as possible each year.”
Past speaker and new committee member, Lauren Robinson, COO, Highline Beta, also stated, “SAAS NORTH is a must attend for Canadian SaaS companies looking to scale globally. Quality companies, strong program, and calibre of attendees that keeps getting better every year, makes this an event you don't want to miss.”
According to Alacrity Canada, the global SaaS market is valued at nearly $60 billion USD and expected to reach nearly $100 Billion USD by 2020, noting that the growth of SaaS is currently outpacing the world economy’s rate of growth. In L-SPARK’s State of SAAS 2017 Report, which looks at industry highlights, VC investment and community growth, the SaaS industry in Canada has seen over $1.02B in investments into companies such as Wealthsimple, Tulip Retail and Freshbooks, Vision Critical and Element.AI, to name a few.
The federal government is also investing heavily in Canada’s tech sector with a range of initiatives from the industry Supercluster program to supporting women entrepreneurs and doubling the number of high-growth companies from 14,000 to 28,000 by 2025.
“Canada has an incredibly vibrant tech ecosystem and SAAS NORTH has proven year over year to be the prefered meeting point for the SaaS market. SAAS NORTH has brought together large and small companies, budding entrepreneurs and C-Level executives to meet, learn from each other and build their companies,” said Leo Lax, Executive Managing Director of L-SPARK. “This year we are excited that more of the best practitioners in the industry are joining us at the planning phase to help shape this forum for actionable thought leadership.”
Watch the 2018 trailer video and get inspired by the energy and excitement of this must-attend event for SaaS companies. Stay tuned for Speaker and Program announcements. The conference is now accepting new sponsor, exhibitor, and speaker applications.
Get your SAAS NORTH Super Early Bird tickets at www.saasnorth.com for $799 while quantities last.
About SAAS NORTH
SAAS NORTH is Canada’s only SaaS conference for companies scaling up, co-founded in 2016 by L-SPARK and Cube Business Media. 2018 marks the third year of this premier event bringing the best in SaaS back to the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, November 28-29th, 2018. This year’s lineup of speakers, programming and networking opportunities promises to connect founders, investors and executives like never before. Come and hang out with 1500 entrepreneurs from 500 companies from around the world. Get the tactical tools you need to scale up, continue to innovate and find your next customer www.saasnorth.com.
About Cube Business Media
Cube Business Media Inc. is a boutique conference and exposition company, founded to generate connections, build content & create communities. We create physical hubs where like-minded individuals can gather face-to-face, en masse. Cube Business Media was founded to specialize in building annual events from the ground up. With a history of building well-attended annual events that bring professionals back year after year. www.cubebusinessmedia.com
Michelle Sklar, Director of Conferences
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