About the Event
Startup companies looking to make impact in sectors such as healthcare, infrastructure, and education are finding, now more than ever, that to be successful they need to navigate complex regulatory frameworks and work with governments whose responsibility is to protect their citizens. As these business develop new technologies that impact our day-to-day lives in increasingly non-trivial ways, the challenges and consequences of failure increase as well. Those that truly separate themselves have found ways to scale in industries deeply intertwined with government: building public support, starting grassroots movement to impact regulation, and developing influence to overcome entrenched relationships between incumbents and governments. In this presentation, co-presented with the U.S. Consulate General Toronto, Evan Burfield (author of Regulatory Hacking: A Playbook for Startups and cofounder of 1776, a Washington, DC-based venture capital firm and incubator), will discuss the current landscape for startups and the need for business to engage in “regulatory hacking” in order to thrive in the era of regulated industries.
About Evan Burfield
Evan Burfield, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Union, a digital network that connects startup ecosystems around the world. Co-founder and General Partner at 1776 Ventures, a global seed fund investing in startups as well as helping entrepreneurs navigate within complex markets and government policy. Author of Regulatory Hacking, a playbook for startups explaining how to balance innovation and technology with government regulation.