The Tech Shuk features 3 components:

The Demo Pit

This is an opportunity for start-ups and entrepreneurs to present and demo their products/ services to the 300+ attendees and mingle with other companies and venture capitalists.

Lion’s Den Competition

Three to Four start-ups, picked in advance, will have a chance to pitch their companies to well connected, influential Lions. The winning company, as determined by attendees, will receive a mentorship package with professional services, media exposure and the chance for investment.

Food & Drink

Attendees and companies will have the opportunity to network and enjoy great food and drinks throughout the event.





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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017                                                                        Young Professionals, Entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists

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The Toronto Reference Library- 789 Yonge Street                               The Tech Shuk is a start-up showcase and networking event for Canadian

                                                                                                                       and Israeli entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and young professionals.


Aaron Zifkin

Aaron Zifkin is the Regional Director of Americas Operations at Airbnb, a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. 

 In his current role as Regional Director of Americas Operations at Airbnb, Aaron is responsible for overseeing business operations, including community growth, customer outreach, sales and marketing, in addition to being tasked with growing both inbound and outbound travel in North and South America. Aaron ensures that hosts and travelers understand the benefits Airbnb provides to cities, and works with cities to demonstrate how Airbnb helps cities grow economically, socially and environmentally. Aaron joined Airbnb in 2014 as the organization’s first Canadian employee, to spearhead the company’s growth in Canada, originally serving as the Country Manager. Under Aaron’s leadership, Canada became a leading growth market for Airbnb. 



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Daniel Klass

Founded Klass Capital in 2010. He has led 18 software investments and has successfully exited 4 of those investments. Daniel currently sits on the boards of Resolver (Chairman), Docebo, Nulogy, and Unoapp.
Prior to founding Klass Capital, Daniel spent over 8 years as a private equity investor with TD Bank and Edgestone.
Daniel holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Rotman School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

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Michael Hyatt

Is a serial entrepreneur, active investor and the Executive Chairman of Bluecat, one of Canada’s most successful software companies. Michael is a weekly business commentator on CBC’s The Exchange,  CBC’s Business Panel and a Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den – Next Gen Den.  Michael is a Founding Partner at the Rotman School of Management Creative Destruction Lab and on the CEO Board of Advisors at Georgian Partners. He is also a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40™ Award and chairs his family’s charitable foundation. Michael is an active speaker with Speakers Spotlight and the National Speakers Bureau.  Michael also co-founded Dyadem which was purchased by IHS (NYSE: IHS).

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Lawrence Krimker

Started his first company in high school, his second company in university and by the time he was 20 he had 3 office locations and over 80 employees. While at Schulich Business School, Lawrence was recognized as CIBC Entrepreneur of the Year.

Lawrence founded Simply Green Home Services in 2013 and today is President and CEO of Canada’s fastest growing HVAC and home services rental company–with over 200 employees, 75,000 customers and $300 million in assets. Simply Green also owns and operates SimplyLED Lighting Solutions, Simply Metering Solutions, Simply Energy Experts, Sandpiper Energy Solutions, and Crown Crest Capital. Lawrence understands that a great company is fuelled by the hard work and dedication of a great team who all share a focus on delivering a great client experience. Simply Green is a recipient of Canada’s Best Places to Work two years in a row, in large part because of the passion and commitment Lawrence inspires everyday in all aspects of the business.

Lawrence has never lost sight of where he came from – putting his money where his mouth is – he is an avid supporter of Covenant House, a shelter that helps at-risk youth get off the streets. For 3-consecutive years Lawrence has helped raise money and awareness for the shelter by sleeping outside on the street on his birthday. Over the past 3-years he has helped raise over $400,000.

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Dr. Linda Maxwell

Dr. Linda Maxwell is the Founding and Managing Director of the Biomedical Zone, a Ryerson University and St. Michael’s Hospital joint partnership, whose core mission is to develop technology-focused early-stage companies delivering solutions to real-world healthcare problems. With over 10 years of front line medical experience as a head and neck surgeon, Dr. Maxwell has worked in three continents, has international experience in research commercialization, early stage capital raising, and management of healthcare angel investment networks. Further, Dr. Maxwell is a systems thinker and change agent, having served as an operational and management consultant in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Dr. Maxwell earned an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University (Biology), an M.D. from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from University of Oxford.



Ticket Price: $45  

Available at the door!

Please email esther.varkonyi@jnf.ca for more info.



Please CLICK HERE to download our 2017 sponsorship package 

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors:

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This year all funds raised from Tech Shuk will support: Alut, the Israeli Center for Autism. JNF will build 4 more residential homes at the village for autistic children in Beer Sheva. JNF has previously supported this village through the Negev Dinner honouring Mayor John Tory. The new homes will serve 32 additional autistic children from Beer Sheva area whose needs are so severe that they require a residential home. With the experience from the recent Gaza war, Protective Edge, Alut decided to build in every home a security room 3 times bigger than the old ones. Autistic children can’t run to the shelter within 20 seconds. They need to sleep there all night during tense times. During Protective Edge, the children spent 5 weeks sleeping in a workshop on mattresses on the floor. The security rooms will be used during peaceful periods for everyday activities such as: drama class, Yoga, art, music and all other activities that the children have every afternoon.




Esther Varkonyi

JNF Toronto Program Director

(416)638-7200 x. 145


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