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Erin O'Keefe Graham (she/her)

Incubator Director, Angel Investor, Emera ideaHUB, Women's Equity Lab

Erin O'Keefe Graham runs the Emera ideaHUB, a deep tech incubator at Dal University in Halifax NS that builds ideas into physical products for a healthier world. She is also part of Women's Equity Lab Atlantic, and an angel investor. Erin brings 25 years' experience in consulting, advising leadership of global enterprises and small businesses alike on brand and culture transformation. She is dedicated to helping new technical founders develop the skills and habits to be successful co-founders and managers of high-growth venture teams. 

Before moving to Nova Scotia in 2021, Erin's decades in Toronto included time as an entrepreneur helping scaling companies improve leadership team and culture; delivering culture transformation initiatives at PwC Canada; overseeing brand strategy and culture globally for KPMG International; and creating new methodologies for brand culture and behaviour transformation at Interbrand, in Toronto and in New York. Erin has served as a board member and HR committee chair for Inclusion NS, is a volunteer mentor for Black Women in Excellence, and has provided career guidance for newcomers in the Greater Toronto Area through ACCES Employment. 

Outside of work, Erin is a mom to one, a stepmom to two, a triathlete, skier and a Bluenoser by choice.

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HardtechFest

Oxford debate: Hardtech Startups are a bad investment

Securing a 10x boost in hardware financing proves challenging; it's less about venture capital and more about navigating the realm of corporate and project development. Join us for an engaging Oxford-style debate where venture capitalists and corporate development experts will go head-to-head, discussing the challenges and opportunities in funding hardware projects. Explore the role of venture capital versus corporate partnerships in driving innovation and navigating the complexities of hardware financing See more.
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