Nonprofit program '4 Days in the Valley' aims to help entrepreneurially minded students

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

Prairies entrepreneur David Quail is launching a nonprofit pilot program this may called 4 Days in the Valley, which mimics its inspiration—the C100's 48 Hours in the Valley—but targets entrepreneurially minded university students in the tech space.

David has partnered with the C100, Startup Edmonton, and the University of Alberta to launch this initiative. The goal of the program is to bring student techtrepreneurs down to the Valley and let them mingle with venture capitalists and other tech startup founders.

Involved in this program are some familiar faces, including Shaherose Charania, a Vancouverite who founded Women 2.0 and who Techvibes is well versed with, as well as David Ahao, a Y-Combinator alumni and whose company Zecter was acquired by Motorola, and David Weekly, who founded PBWorks and started Hacker Doho and SuperHappyDevHouse.

"I'm excited to be part of the program," Shaherose says. "As a Canadian, I recognize the growth opportunities that technologists can gain by being exposed to Silicon Valley—as I myself benefited a great deal."

"I am excited to help out with 4 Days In The Valley because Canada has proved itself fertile ground for quality startups," David Weekly says. "The last company I advised and helped sell was based in Canada and sold to a Silicon Valley company, so it's clear that strong bonds are being formed between Silicon Valley and Canadian entrepreneurs."

For more information on David Quail (I know, a lot of Davids), check him out here. For more information on 4 Days in the Valley, go here.

Company:
Women 2.0
Website:
http://www.women2.com
Location:
San Francisco, California, United States

Women 2.0 is a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. more

Company:
C100
Website:
http://www.thec100.org/
Location:
San Francisco, California, United States

C100 is a non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to supporting Canadian technology entrepreneurship and investment. C100 is comprised of a select group of Canadians based primarily in Silicon Valley, including executives of leading technology companies, experienced startup entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. C100 members are passionate about leveraging their collective experience, expertise... more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. more



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