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."