Thriving Tech Innovation was the Scene at the 1st Halton FUTURES Innovation Summit & Awards
She shared a few key take-away messages that helped to settle those uneasy feelings in the gut of every aspiring entrepreneur:
- There’s always a dominant feeling of fear. Stop telling yourself to wait for the right time because all the planning in the world won’t save you – action will, however.
- Don’t be afraid of competitors because that just means something has been fleshed out in the business model, and that there’s money to be made.
- Building a business is messy, there are many moving parts that are constantly evolving and require you to adapt and push forward.
The Summit concluded with the 1st Halton Innovation Awards reception in the evening. Four outstanding companies from the Halton region were recognized for their excellence in technology or product innovation, commercial viability, novelty, sustainability or social benefit, and product development plan. Congratulations to the very first award winners Adlib Software, Advanced Test & Automation, Geotab, and Enable Education, the latter who was recognized as the “One to Watch!” award.
With the success of the 1st Halton FUTURES Tech Innovation Summit and Awards now behind us, it was astounding to witness the magnitude of innovation and creativity made in Halton region. From the sought-after waterfront area in the south to the hiking trails of escarpment country in the north, the natural beauty of the region’s terrain somehow shrouds the amazing innovation that takes place within. Haltech CEO Rina Carlini pointed out that tech innovation in Halton is thriving, and now is the time to help entrepreneurs scale their business to global markets. Halton FUTURES Innovation Summit is precisely about that – connecting with innovation champions who are working hard to build future prospects in our region, and beyond.
Thank you to all those who attended, and to our special speakers for sharing their visions and realities – we look forward to seeing you at the next summit in 2017.