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L-SPARK Introduces SAAS NORTH, Canada’s First Ever SaaS Conference, Featuring International Experts And Cutting-Edge Concepts

OTTAWA, Canada, November 29, 2016 – Leading SaaS accelerator, L-SPARK, announces Canada’s first SaaS Conference, SAAS North.

The two day event will feature over 50 distinguished speakers from the SaaS industry, providing 1000 attendees invaluable SaaS learning and networking opportunities

The event, which will take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 at the Shaw Center in Ottawa, is promising tactical content and actionable conversations delivered by world-class thought leaders in SaaS.

SAAS NORTH, produced by CUBE Business Media, will connect SaaS founders, investors and executives from across the globe in Canada’s capital city. The conference will host more than 60 speakers, including Tobias Lütke, founder and CEO of Shopify, Zander Lurie the CEO of SurveyMonkey, and Kim Walsh, Global Director of Hubspot for Startups as well as CEO’s/Senior Executives from Salesforce, Hootsuite, Intercom, 500px, League, Vision Critical,  Bessemer Venture Partners, Georgian Venture Partners, Inovia, BDC, OMERS, Whitestar Capital, Arthur Ventures, etc.

Keynote speakers will take to the stage to present on cutting-edge SaaS concepts, such as:

  • A digital innovator finding & investing in the next Canadian wave

Bruce Croxon (former Dragon on CBC’s Dragon’s Den): Managing Partner, Round 13 Capital

  • Lessons learned from replatforming

Mike McDerment: Co-founder and CEO, Freshbooks

  • To Have and to Hold: Reduce Customer Churn by Building More Authentic Relationships

Scott Miller: CEO, Vision Critical

Meanwhile, in the boardroom, angels, VCs and founders will share insights into raising capital, exits, valuations, and going public. The C-suite stream will provide insights on growth, culture and talent strategies to help organizations scale. What’s more, the product stream will uncover actionable learnings  for every department, from leading integrations to A.I. bot technology.

The global SaaS market is predicted to grow from $49 billion in 2015, to $67 billion in 2018. Despite the fact that SaaS companies in general exhibit healthy margins, averaging at 78%, with overall revenue growth of 46% in 2016, in a competitive environment new businesses still face challenges. Scaling, raising funding and going public is harder than before; public SaaS valuations have dropped by 57% in the last two years.

L-SPARK is helping these small to medium-sized businesses, giving them the adrenaline shot they need to boost their efforts and become competitive in an international landscape. L-SPARK founders are SaaS veterans, boasting decades of industry expertise.

“SAAS NORTH is a fantastic opportunity for companies around the world to learn more about this dynamic industry,” said Executive Managing Director of L-SPARK, Leo Lax. “For the first time ever SaaS thought leaders will meet on Canadian soil to discuss provocative and practical ideas for fast-paced business growth.”

Tickets for SAAS NORTH are currently available for $995 CAD, with a 10% discount offered to groups of three to five. Tickets include full access to both days, including breakfast, lunch, welcome reception and after-party.

ABOUT SAAS NORTH

SAAS NORTH is Canada’s first SaaS Conference designed to connect the top SaaS founders, investors and executives to learn, network and grow over a 2 day event in Ottawa, Canada from November 30-December 1. This event promises tactical content and actionable conversations tying back to one central theme: “From the Ground Up: Building Global SaaS Organization”. Content delivered by world class thought leaders in SaaS. www.saasnorth.com

ABOUT L-SPARK

Launched in 2014, the L-SPARK Accelerator is the destination for market ready SaaS and cloud companies to connect with Canada’s SaaS experts. The L-SPARK acceleration model positions companies to propel to $100k MRR or 10x revenue growth. With a network of established relationships with key venture capital firms, angel investors, and the investment community at large, L-SPARK’s goal is to scale Canada’s best in SaaS to 10x revenue growth.

For more information visit www.l-spark.com, connect on linkedin.com/l-spark or follow on Twitter @LSPARKGlobal.

ABOUT CUBE Business Media

Cube Business Media Inc. was founded by Mark Stephenson and David Tyldesley. With a combined 40 years of conference and exposition-building experience, we have a history of building well-attended annual events that bring professionals back year after year. In the past decade, our events have attracted well over one hundred thousand participants. http://cubebusinessmedia.com/

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