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 








June 9th SWOttawa 2017 Canada150 Event: What’s Being Built this Weekend?


The following is the list of projects being worked on:

RestAssured: A tool to monitor in real time the medical treatment taken by patients after being prescribed by the specialist. This way it will tell the doctor or the specialist if the treatment is being effective or not.

SmartHat: it’s a sustainable digital apparel like a hat and/or a t-shirt that can be customized to any style for every different event.

21JumpScript: A business connection platform that leverage block-chain technology to establish and build trust between different parties.

AugMe: an augmented reality app that integrate with coupons to make them easier to find, scan and pay at different shopping markets.

Tanali: A shareable digital business card that contains all the professional related data including their social media presence.

 

 








Thank You to Our Amazing Sponsors!

Experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. 
Meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.
The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Startup Weekend, you’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen!

Startup Weekend Vancouver is a volunteer-run event, and we couldn’t have done it with the support of all our amazing sponsors:

Launch Academy is  Western Canada’s leading tech startup hub and early-stage incubator where you Launch your amazing idea off the ground, accelerate your startup to success, connect with Vancouver’s largest community of mentors, investors and thriving entrepreneurs, and Get Sh!t Done!

Since 2012 Launch Academy has helped 1000+ entrepreneurs, incubated 420+ early-stage startups, that collectively raised $80+ million and added 700+ jobs to the economy.

Lighthouse Labs was created as an experiment in 2013 by a group of software developers with a passion for code, mentorship, and education. Their mission: to continuously find the best ways to train the next generation of developers and to transform the way tech education is delivered. 

Square is one service for your entire business, from secure credit card processing – including EMV – to point of sale solutions.

Wantoo is a simple, powerful cloud-based platform that makes it easy to listen, analyze, and act on feedback from your team, your customers or anyone else.

MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP (MLT) is an expertise-based, full-service law firm of approximately 145 lawyers serving clients across Western Canada from offices in Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. MLT has been practicing in the west since 1920 and has in-depth knowledge of the region’s business, legal and political landscapes.

Small Business BC (SBBC) is British Columbia’s premiere resource center for knowledge-based business products and services. SBBC’s core activities are supported by funds from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Ministry of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch. 

Dayboard is a web app that helps teams and individuals build self-awareness and encourage attention management at work. It replaces your browser’s new tab page with a minimalist to do list, blocks distracting sites, and provides a team dashboard for accountability and visibility. Dayboard currently serves over 30,000 users worldwide.

iQmetrix we are passionate about retail. Our purpose is to create great experiences for retailers, their employees and the end consumer. Our products bridge the gap between physical and virtual retail channels, offering the latest in retail management and customer experience technology.Spring is the startup school that teaches entrepreneurs how. Whether you are just beginning your journey or looking to grow, Spring provides the tools to build a successful business.

New Ventures BC’s annual business competition – awarding $300,000 of cash and prizes – launches next March. In the meantime, check out their new accelerator programs, which are designed for early stage ventures. 

Draper University, based in San Mateo, is an institution backed by some of the most established names in the industry including Tim Draper, Mark Andreesen and Mark Benioff as well as boasting students from over 53 different countries with $24,000,000 raised in funding by alumni.

Foodee is a corporate meal delivery service. We make it easy for companies to order from top local restaurants for meetings and work events by providing a large variety of carefully curated menus through our online ordering platform.

Spring is the startup school that teaches entrepreneurs how. Whether you are just beginning your journey or looking to grow, Spring provides the tools to build a successful business.

Creative Tim offers Bootstrap based design elements that speed up your development work. From plugins to complex kits, we have everything you need.

Blinkist is an app that gives you key ideas from bestselling nonfiction books distilled into powerful short reads or listens for your mobile device.

Daily Hive is a leading digital publication with a hyper-local focus, dedicated to connecting you to your city.








Thank you for Participating at Startup Weekend Vancouver 2016

It was brilliant to have you at Startup Weekend Vancouver 2016. We hope you enjoyed a great time, learned how to rapidly build a startup, met a lot of the awesome people in the room, and possibly met your potential co-founder 🙂 

So what’s next?!

Connect: 

Join SWVan’s Facebook Group to stay connect with like-minded people, exchange ideas, support each other, collaborate, share resources, ask questions and get access to resources and perks from our sponsors.

We will share the event photos and other awesome tech/startup events there too! 

Hint: if someone stood out for you, a team member that gave it their all, a mentor that added great value, a judge you thought was spot on with their questions and comments, why not connect with them on LinkedIn, write them a thank you note for their participation and even take it another step and write them a recommendation.

Whether you won or not, the bottom line is you’ve started something on that weekend. Don’t Stop! Keep on moving forward on your startup journey.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the prizes. 

We had a blast and loved being in service of your startup journey. Hope to see you at the next event and around the community!

You will hear from us soon 😉

Rama, Hussein, Jen, Eva, and Candy

SWVan Organizing Team

 








Me Zineb Kouidri soutient les startups

Montréal possède une incroyable communauté d’entrepreneurs ainsi que de nombreux évènements et réseaux d’organisations qui servent à promouvoir cet esprit entrepreneurial. Suite à notre participation au Startup Weekend édition FinTech à Montréal, nous avons constaté que lors de cet événement, de jeunes entrepreneurs peuvent se rencontrer et créer ensemble une richesse qui peut répondre à des besoins existants dans la société.

J’ai récemment eu l’honneur de mentorer les équipes du startup Weekend afin de leur apporter un soutien juridique dans la réalisation de leur projet.

Apporter sa touche particulière à cette communauté entrepreneuriale est vraiment gratifiant. Malgré la pression, le manque de temps, ces jeunes entrepreneurs étaient dotés d’une grande volonté de réussir. Ils avaient en eux la volonté d’innover, de s’associer et de s’exposer afin de réaliser leur projet.

BTK Avocats s’implique sans hésitation dans le monde des Startups. Beaucoup de nos clients sont des startups qu’on accompagne du stade embryonnaire jusqu’à la réalisation complète de leur projet. C’est pourquoi j’ai choisi de soutenir l’évènement du startup Weekend édition FinTech en offrant un prix aux équipes gagnantes ainsi qu’à tous les participants.

De plus, j’offre une promo spéciale pour les Startup de cinq ans et moins sur mes services ; c’est une façon pour moi de soutenir cet esprit de créativité et cette hargne d’innover.

Je remercie Startup Weekend et Startup Canada d’offrir une aussi belle opportunité aux jeunes entrepreneurs ainsi que d’avoir mis sur pied un tel évènement.

Au plaisir de revivre une telle expérience l’année prochaine.

Me Zineb Kouidri,
Avocate & Associée chez BTK Avocats