Mike Silagadze is the CEO and co-founder of Top Hat. Under Mike's leadership and vision, Top Hat has become the market leader in student engagement software, and is used by millions of students at three-quarters of the top 1,000 colleges and universities in North America. Mike is an active speaker and lecturer in the higher education, technology and start-up communities, having lectured at the Rotman Commerce Entrepreneurship Organization, the ASU-GSV Summit, SXSW, MaRS, Tech Fest Toronto, SAAS North and TEDxLaurierUniversity, among many others. Named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2018, Mike is actively involved with the entrepreneurial and start-up community. He has been a mentor at the Founder Institute and Venture for Canada since 2015 and a mentor at TechStars Toronto since 2017. He has been on the board of the Ontario of Excellence since 2014 and is an angel investor in a number of start-ups. Mike holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo.