Startup Weekend AI is Returning to Montreal

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition designed to provide an amazing experiential learning opportunity for AI enthusiasts, developers, designers, and business-minded individuals to come together to create a business. Join us for a weekend event centered on ACTION, INNOVATION, and EDUCATION.

Startup Weekend 2017

 

Article by: Amir Abushanab

For some, the weekend of November 23rd will be just another chance to relax, maybe even enjoy a long weekend, before heading back to daily life on Monday. But for those with a drive for entrepreneurship, an eye for innovation, and a love of tinkering, it’s time to get busy. Each year, these people gather to attend the world’s largest business innovation competition: The Global Startup Weekend.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour long contest that brings together hustlers, hackers, and hipsters of all backgrounds for the chance to prototype and pitch a complete business idea to a panel of mentors and veterans. The very first Startup Weekend was held at Boulder, Colorado in 2007 by Andrew Hyde. The volunteer driven organization has continued to grow, eventually being picked up by Techstars in 2015, and now operates in a staggering 1000 cities worldwide.

The flagship Startup Weekend’s ‘Global’ moniker isn’t just for show; more than 15 Startup Weekends, spanning from Hong Kong to Paris to La Paz, will be taking place simultaneously from, after which the winners from each city will duke it out on a global stage.

As of today, the most notable success to come out of Startup Weekend is Rover, a startup for dog owners. While once a simple idea at one of the many Startup Weekends, it’s now a thriving business valued at over a billion dollars. However, with all the buzz and potential of AI, there may be a new top dog soon.

Startup Weekend AI 2017’s winning team, Skip the Line

 

As this year’s flavor of The Global Startup Weekend is themed around AI, Montreal is uniquely positioned to overtake the competition. With over $300M invested in AI in the last 3 years alone, it’s no wonder the city has become a hotspot for AI research and startups. Last year, the Montreal team ‘Skip The Line’ made it all the way to the final round in Paris, and this year looks to be no different as the AI scene continues to explode and the city overflows with top talent.

That’s not all Montreal has going for it though.

“There is something very unique about Montreal” says district m CMO Adrian Pike “I’ve been lucky enough to live in lots of places, and no where do you get the sense of community and desire to give back like you do here. C’est Incroyable. We’re very happy to sponsor an initiative that supports our young entrepreneurs”

With backing from big multinationals like Accenture, IBM, Bell Canada and BDC Capital, as well as fast-growing startups like district m, Dialogue, Element AI, and Lighthouse Labs, this year’s AI Startup Weekend is poised to be the best yet.

But it’s not all sunshine and roses. While it’s a great opportunity for personal and professional growth, at the end of the day Startup Weekend is still a competition, one that’s been likened to “a hackathon on steroids”; not only do the participants need to go through the herculean task of developing their prototype over a weekend, they also need to back it up with a solid business plan and a flawless pitch.

“I’ve seen things get very heated. You need an immense amount of focus, dedication, and skills to make something happen,” said Michelle Yu, one of organizers for last year’s Global Startup Weekend and this year’s organizing lead. “However, Startup Weekend participants thrive under this pressure, and form connections that take them down very exciting paths in their lives. Whether you want to make new friends and connections in Montreal community, or you’re someone looking for your next co-founder, I can’t think of a better place to find these diamonds”

Regardless of the outcome of the projects, one thing you can be sure of is that this weekend will be one to remember.

Want to get involved? All the info you need can be found here.








Troupe.AI at IoT GSW Peel Region – November 2 – 4, 2018

Startup Peel Community is pleased to announce Troüpe.AI at this year’s Global Startup Weekend!

Troüpe.AI is the world’s 1st AI platform that is focused on creating meaningful, face-to-face, offline connections. We are proud to be the premier networking partner for Peel Region IoT Global Startup Weekend. We can’t wait to help create connections that matter. Stay tuned to download Troüpe.AI

 








Techstars Global Startup Weekend Returns to Peel Region!

Startup Weekend returns to Brampton City Hall November 2-4.  Don’t miss this IoT Themed Techstars Global celebration of entrepreneurship.

Startup Weekend is coming back to the Region of Peel!  We are excited to host the Techstars IoT Global Weekend Edition at Brampton City Hall November 2-4.  Register today and join thousands of entrepreneurs around the world!  First prize package valued over $5,000.  You can submit your Startup Weekend product as an entry, it may be featured in their Worldwide Network Showcase.

You keep your IP!  It’s your idea and your potential success story!  Techstars, nor organizers will assume ownership. 

What is Techstars Startup Weekend?

Techstars Startup Weekend provides you with the space and resources to turn an idea into a product!  Have you ever seen a new product, business or an app and thought to yourself – “hey! I had that idea years ago!”  Well, a Startup Weekend can help you take your idea from thought to a minimum viable product, but you need to be committed!  A startup weekend provides you with a process to help you arrive at the creation stage.

Learn this process in a matter of days!  In 54 hours you will have been coached and mentored by industry experts.

*What’s in it for you?

This is your opportunity to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to.

  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in the Region of Peel,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, or
  • take your own idea from concept to creation

 

*Who is Techstars Startup Weekend For?

It doesn’t matter what you do or where you come from, Techstars Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including…

  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.),
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills,
  • passionate visionaries,
  •  and many more!

*Source:  Techstars website 2018

 








“A Weekend of Your Life That Could Change Your Life”– A Talk with Startup Weekend Toronto ’16s Winner

Summer is fast approaching and so is Startup Weekend Toronto 2018. A few days ago, I had the chance to chat with previous SW6ix winner, Jill Javier. In 2016, her team took home 1st place with an educational product for children. Jill’s most recent venture, BitCity Group, recently signed a multi-year power deal with TransAlta to build a cryptocurrency mining facility.

Jill and I had a quick Q&A session about her experience at Startup Weekend Toronto.

Jill, what made you want to go to Startup Weekend?

I grew up with an entrepreneurial mindset thanks to my parents, but had been working at large Fortune 500 companies for the past 15 years. I had built a solid brand in project management launching other people’s ideas. I was comfortable and it was fun, but I reached a point when I needed to break out of it. After completing my MBA, I was exploring doing my own venture.

Around the same time, one of my close mentors at Capital One had left to set-up his own start-up. Together with my business school buddies, I started attending the entrepreneurship program which they used to have every Wednesdays at MaRS.

I didn’t have an idea for a startup yet, but I wanted to be exposed to the community. I knew a lot of the “theory” by then, but going to Startup Weekend in April 2016 was the perfect opportunity for me to break out of my comfort zone and learn hands-on.

Tell me about your experience during the weekend.

I arrived early when the doors weren’t open yet, and while waiting outside, I struck a conversation with a programmer named Rob who was also early. He had a great idea for kids. Kids these days are always in front of a screen, but are not learning how to build things with their hands anymore. He wanted to build a subscription box called MakerCat focused on solving this problem – each box would give kids the materials and instructions to build their own wearable or own robot. I pitched an idea that weekend as well, but liked MakerCat so much I later decided to join his team. We went out and did customer interviews, then I led the creation of the storyline and pitch deck. We ended up winning that weekend.

After that weekend, I introduced Rob to my mentor, and they ended up working together on my mentor’s start-up. I took MakerCat through the Founder Institute program.

Startup Weekend exposed me to so many talented people from different careers, and you never know what could come out of the connections you make. It was definitely a turning point for me, and I decided to do my own venture a few months later.

How do you avoid the trap of building the next “Uber of…” or the “Tinder for…”?

Stay away from the obvious – start to really force yourself to look beyond your own world by talking to people you would otherwise never talk to. Adopt a problem solver mentality.

54 hours is a demanding time frame to build a startup within. What’s the first thing you tackle?

Focus on the Sunday pitch and forgo any other noise. For us, there were two things we needed: a kick-ass story and a kick-ass deck. You can take forever trying to build the perfect product. Don’t let this be you. Deliver something and learn to tell the story.

What would you say to someone who’s on the fence about going to Startup Weekend?

Ask yourself: “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” Go ahead and take that one weekend that could change the rest of your life. It’s an investment in yourself. Listen to that pull inside. You have to just take that risk and see for yourself.

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Startup Weekend Toronto 2018 is going to be taking place at Ryerson’s DMZ. DMZ was just named the world’s #1 university business incubator. What better place to experiment with your startup idea?

Get your tickets for #SW6ix today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techstars-startup-weekend-toronto-june-22-24-tickets-43404558202








Techstars Global Startup Weekend Local Prizes Announcement

Techstars will provide incredible growth opportunity to the Local winning teams through these great prize packages!

Local Prizes
All winning teams for any Techstars Startup Weekend during Techstars Global Startup Weekend will receive an Alpha Card from F6s.

• InVision – 6 months FREE – Value $90
• LiveChat – 1 Year Free of LiveChat – Value $1,400
• Hotjar – 90 Days of Hotjar Business Analytics – Value $270
• Zendesk – $1,000 in Zendesk Credit – Value $1,000
• 99designs – $30 Off + Free Upgrades – Value $97
• [BONUS for members in North America] American Airlines – 2,000 points (Free Flight)

Source:  http://global.startupweekend.org/prizes








Pangolin takes the 1st place in Techstars Startup Weekend Toronto, powered by INFINITI.

54 hours of action took place during the weekend of October 20-22, in Workhaus Commerce Court in downtown Toronto. Participants from all over the Greater Toronto Area got together to pitch their ideas, form teams and take the first steps to launch their startups. The event was possible thanks to the support of INFINITI Canada, a company that empowers entrepreneurs in different stages, previously with their INFINITI LAB for later stage companies and now through Techstars Startup Weekend, the event where entrepreneurs go to ‘get their start’.  

On Friday night more than 24 ideas were shared in front of the audience, and out of those, 7 were chosen to be worked on by teams during the weekend. On Saturday, the teams were coached by mentors from all over Ontario, including mentors from the Toronto startup community like Oksana Salamaszek from The Working Group, Tariq Haddadin from Techstars Toronto, and Grant Brigden from the startup Rover, which won 1st place in the past edition of Toronto INFINITI LAB. The teams got advice from mentors from the INFINITI Canada team, including Julie Daigle Raphael Huegli and Chris Little. You can see the full list of mentors here.

Some of our Coaches and Jen Riedel, facilitator of the event.

On Sunday the teams presented a 5-minute pitch in front of a panel of 3 judges: Theresa Humphrey, Brand Manager for INFINITI, Angelo Del Duca, Angel Investor, and Sunil Sharma, Managing Director of the Techstars Toronto Accelerator Program.

The top 3 places went to the following teams:

1st Place: Pangolin –  Pangolin helps lower the premium for retailers by mitigating risks for insurance companies using smart IoT devices

2nd Place: Hybernate – Hybernate helps businesses decrease the expenses related to HVAC through IoT

3rd Place: GEM – GEM helps millenials be congruent with how they spend their money and what their values are, using a ‘GEM’ reward system.

Besides taking the top 3 places in the contest, one member of each of the winning teams got a full scholarship to join the January cohort of Founders Institute Toronto, so they can continue developing the skills needed to be great founders.

Techstars Startup Weekend was a great success. Thanks to our signature sponsor INFINITI, Workhaus for being great hosts, and to all the mentors, coaches and judges that helped empower this amazing group of entrepreneurs.

Stay connected to the Techstars Toronto community by following us on our Facebook page here. 








Peel Startup Weekend Joins Global Startup 2017 Competition

Startup Weekend comes to Brampton City Hall November 17-19.  Don’t miss this Techstars Global celebration of entrepreneurship.

Startup Weekend is coming back to the Region of Peel!  We are excited to host the Techstars Global Weekend Edition at Brampton City Hall November 17-19.  Register today and join thousands of entrepreneurs around the world!  First prize package valued over $10,000.  You can submit your Startup Weekend product as an entry, it may be featured in their Worldwide Network Showcase.

You keep your IP!  It’s your idea and your potential success story!  Techstars, nor organizers will assume ownership. 

What is Techstars Startup Weekend?

Techstars Startup Weekend provides you with the space and resources to turn an idea into a product!  Have you ever seen a new product, business or an app and thought to yourself – “hey! I had that idea years ago!”  Well, a Startup Weekend can help you take your idea from thought to a minimum viable product, but you need to be committed!  A startup weekend provides you with a process to help you arrive at the creation stage.

Learn this process in a matter of days!  In 54 hours you will have been coached and mentored by industry experts.

*What’s in it for you?

This is your opportunity to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to.

  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in the Region of Peel,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, or
  • take your own idea from concept to creation

*Who is Techstars Startup Weekend For?

It doesn’t matter what you do or where you come from, Techstars Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including…

  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.),
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills,
  • passionate visionaries,
  • and many more!

 

*Source:  Techstars website 2017








Final Presentations – Tonight!

Ideas were pitched, teams were formed, customers were sought, products were built, mentors were consulted, pivots were made… all of this in 54 hours! It’s time to see what the teams have spent the weekend creating.

We welcome everyone to come watch the final presentations tonight at 5pm at the Barber Center in the House of Learning at TRU. We have a cash bar and some light snacks! No ticket is required. Just show up and bring some friends.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1992886680930781/








Startup Your Idea With Great Prize Packages!

Startup Weekend has a boat load of neat prizes for our first and second place winners! This Sunday night, all of the teams will showcase their ideas that they have diligently been working on all weekend to a panel of judges. After much deliberation, first and second place prizes will be announced to an eager audience and our Startup Weekender teams.

Our first place package includes:

  • Three months of VIP assistance at the Kamloops Innovation Centre (including office space!)
  • VIP tickets to the Startup Canada Awards (taking place on September 15th at The Rex!)
  • A product and development consultation with Two Story Robot 
  • An incorporation package and legal consultation time with a legal professional
  • A $150.00 gift card! Wow!

 

Our second place prize package includes:

  • Awesome swag from Kamloops Innovation!
  • Free consultation meeting with Kamloops Innovation’s Entrepreneur in Residence!

 

Our third place prize package includes:

  • Epic high fives from the SW Kamloops Team!

 

Last minute registration is still available for those of you who are still thinking about this. Buy your tickets now!








Start up your big idea and become a part of something even bigger.

Startup Weekend is coming back to Kamloops this coming weekend, with Techstars, the world’s starting point for entrepreneurship. This fifty-four-hour event is a platform where designers, developers, marketers, and startup enthusiasts come together to launch startups. As part of a global and nationwide movement, Kamloops is one of over 1,142 cities in over 140 countries to host similar Startup Weekend related events.

Just recently announced, Startup Weekend Kamloops is part of a nationwide competition, where the winning participants will go forward to compete with six other cities across Canada. From the port of Saint John, to the beautiful lakes of Kamloops, startup ideas will be spurred into action and the winning team from each city will be given the opportunity to compete for a grand prize. Other competing cities include Calgary, Montreal and several hubs in Ontario, such as Brampton, London, and Belleville.

Registration will be open until the last moment for the Kamloops focused event, starting on Friday, September 8th at the Brown Family’s House of Learning building at the Thompson Rivers University Campus. Throughout the weekend, participants will form teams, create ideas and develop them into formidable startup businesses with help from mentors, investors, co-founders, and event sponsors. With tickets targeted for students and community members, Startup Weekend promises to engage with its participants, by creating a space for connection, discovery, learning, and starting up!

The ticket price includes meals and beverages, lots of swag, and those little details for big ideas, including Wi-Fi and printing needs.

For more information and tickets: http://communities.techstars.com/canada/kamloops/startup-weekend/11304