Welcome to Edmonton Startup Week 2019! We’re excited to celebrate our city’s startup and tech community with you. Thank you for building a schedule, inviting your friends, and helping us bring even more people together over shared passions. 
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Wednesday, October 23 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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We have 5 experts come out and talk about product development. Key issues that founders and entrepreneurs have experienced developing their products and key takeaways for those starting out. Whether you are developing your own product or are just looking to meet other people working in the industry, please come by for this free event. We will be featuring five ten minute discussions followed by a Questions and Answers panel then open networking.


Kyle Handfield, BSc.Eng. Product Development Consultant
is an entrepreneur who has a passion for product development and innovation. He founded Ventrify a product design company 16 months ago, his company focuses in helping Alberta entrepreneurs bring ideas for new products to life. Kyle graduated from Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta and worked overseas in China and Taiwan working in the new product manufacturing sector. Kyle has experience working in a variety of industries and has successfully seen several products through the new product development cycle. 
Trevor Prentice, BSc, MEng, IP Consultant
Trevor currently runs his own intellectual property consulting firm that educates and advises on patents and other intellectual property.  Prior to this, for nearly 8 years he managed technology commercialization projects in a variety of sectors at TEC Edmonton.  He has extensive expertise in developing patent strategy including assessment of patentability and commercial potential, marketing, and negotiating commercial agreements including intellectual property licenses.  Trevor previously worked as Staff Scientist at TELUS World of Science Edmonton and also has experience as an entrepreneur.  Trevor completed a BSc in Physics at the University of Alberta and a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Certificate of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, both from the University of Washington.
Daniel Sande, Product Sourcing, Operations Manager
Daniel runs his own product sourcing company that helps companies save money on buying bulk product by cutting out the middlemen. He got his taste for business and entrepreneurship in 2015 when he was selling and leading a team of door to door sales people. From there he was a crucial part of developing a handful of online and brick and mortar companies in Canada. His understanding and ability to communicate with people has been a huge asset in his professional development. Daniel is almost completely self-taught, although he is currently in school to get his Customs broker license.

Laurier Mandin, President & Principal Consultant, Graphos Product
A product marketing agency owner for over 25 years and creator of the Product: Knowledge podcast, Laurier helps brands launch products successfully and avoid the many pitfalls to failure. He develops custom Go-to-Market roadmaps and leads owners and CMOs through structured market entry processes for brand name development, positioning, product validation, market penetration, category design and Obsession Branding™, providing strategic consultation as well as the creative and technical expertise for effective deployment. Since founding Graphos in 1993, Laurier has led the launch of hundreds of products for brands in Canada and around the world.

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Riyaz Khair

Director, Ventrify

Wednesday October 23, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm MDT
Ventrify 7345 104 St NW