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Chris Eben - IDEABOOST. Toronto, ON, CA

Chris Eben Chris Eben

Managing Partner | The Working Group

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Chris Eben is a member of the IDEABOOST Investment Advisory Group





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Chris Eben of Startup Weekend speaks at Socialight Product development - Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15



Chris is a Partner at The Working Group, a web and mobile development agency in Toronto, and has helped to bring Startup Weekend to Canada, running some of the biggest events amongst the global Startup Weekend community. He's a product manager and tech entrepreneur. Chris has worked for 13 years in software, with startups and larger organizations focused on Business Intelligence and Performance Management technologies. His career has taken him all over the world and allowed him to live and work in San Francisco and London as well as Toronto which he currently calls home. Chris holds an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and sometimes gets teased about it by his techie friends and colleagues.

Industry Expertise (4)

Program Development Business Services Advertising/Marketing Computer Software

Areas of Expertise (11)

Product Management Business Intelligence Business Strategy Product Marketing Entrepreneurship Business Development Performance Management Product Development Product Requirements Enterprise Software SaaS

Accomplishments (2)

OUA All-Star (personal)


Voted by coaches across the province as an All-Star at the inside receiver position for the University of Guelph Varsity Football team.

Academic All Canadian (professional)


Awarded by Canadian Interuniversity Sports for academic excellence as a member of the University of Guelph Varsity Football team. Received the award each year while playing for and attending the University.

Education (2)

Kellogg School of Management: MBA, Marketing 2006

University of Guelph: Hons BA, History & English 1998

Affiliations (4)

  • The Working Group : Managing Partner
  • Techstars : Startup Next Organizer
  • SXSW V2V : Member Board of Advisors
  • Startup Weekend : Toronto Organizer

Media Appearances (5)

To attract investors, you need a strong network. Here’s where to start

The Globe and Mail  online


There have never been more options for startups seeking funding: Take AngelList, for example, which connects startups directly to investors, or MaRS’ Social Venture Exchange, which helps companies with a social mission find sustainable financing. There's also crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, which have changed the landscape by harnessing the power of the crowd...

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Six tips for developing successful strategic partnerships

The Globe and Mail  online


Knowing how to join forces with another business is a key factor in making any growing company successful. A strategic partner can provide you with capital, or let you leverage their brand to give you more exposure. They could help you win business by offering services that you can’t, while you build out those competencies on your own team. When it works well, a strategic partnership can be just what you need to speed up the growth of your business...

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Could you turn your idea into a startup in 54 hours?

The Globe and Mail  online


I stumbled upon Startup Weekend four years ago while attending a conference in San Francisco. I’d seen hackathons of all shapes and sizes in the past, but never something with such a holistic approach, where developers, designers, business people and entrepreneurs come together to build a startup...

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Startup Weekend: No Talk, All Action

The Huffington Post  online


I got involved with Startup Weekend four years ago because I firmly believe that entrepreneurship is the most powerful way to build a strong, sustainable, innovation-­based economy. This is volunteer work and those of us that put on these events do it because it's inspiring and immensely satisfying. Over the last four years, I've had numerous people tell me that Startup Weekend changed their lives...

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Schulich grad offers budding entrepreneurs unique venue to refine their ideas

Financial Post  online


Groupnotes is perhaps the most notable startup to emerge from Startup Weekend Toronto. Four such events have been held so far, all organized by Toronto-based web developer Chris Eben. Three years ago, Mr. Eben attended his first Startup Weekend and quickly became convinced he should bring the event to Toronto. He first heard about the concept while in Silicon Valley. “The more I read about it, the more I thought it was a really cool idea; a simple one, but a really powerful one,” recalled Mr. Eben, who holds a Kellogg-Schulich executive MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto...

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