Today Accelerate Okanagan announced the launch of their second annual Jump:Start:Challenge. Designed to help technology companies and entrepreneurs raise investment, increase their revenues and drive market share, the Jump:Start Challenge is an “investor-ready” pitch competition.
Entrants to the Jump:Start:Challenge will be invited to present their pitches at an open forum in the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence, Penticton, and will then have an opportunity to participate in Pitch Workshop training sessions, at which they will be taught the “rules of pitching”. Read more
Attention BC startups: Do you have what it takes to throw down at the Startup/Smackdown at GROW2012? It’s your opportunity to pitch four of the biggest Silicon Valley tech blogs in person right in Vancouver.
The GROW2012 Conference will be host to Startup/Smackdown and writers from TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat, and GigaOM will be on the panel of judges along with all-star investors.
In order to participate you need to apply and you should probably keep these rules in mind. Read more
This morning Vancouver angel Boris Wertz announced on his blog the launch of Version One Ventures, a new $15 million micro-VC fund. Version One will back “outstanding web and mobile entrepreneurs across North America” with $250,000 to $500,000 investments in Seed and Series A rounds.
“The fund builds on my successes with over 35 angel investments which include six exits—among them acquisitions by Google, Twitter, Salesforce, and Groupon,” Wertz writes, “My simple investment thesis: back passionate entrepreneurs who are trying to solve a big problem with a strong product vision.” Read more
The following is a guest post written by Pamela Santos of AIESEC SFU.
A global intern has jumped through hoops to pass the selection process, competed with candidates from other countries, and travelled overseas in order to arrive in Canada to work for you. What does this intern have to offer?
Along with university-level education and related work experience, this international student leader is filled with an abundant enthusiasm and a fresh perspective that can ignite the creative flow within your workplace. Read more
The program connects entrepreneurs with experienced mentors and investors whose feedback is invaluable for new ventures. Working with mentors and investors improves the “investor-readiness” of any venture as business plans are reviewed and investor pitches are refined.
Eligibility for the SFU Technology Business Mentorship (TBM) program is limited to BC-based new ventures and preference will be given to qualified ventures led by a member of the SFU community (e.g. SFU faculty, staff, students, alumni, SFU TIME incubator clients or WUTIF-investee companies). Previous participants include Secodix, Warranty Life, Reef Safe Fish, Sole Gear, Clevest, and MetroLyrics.
The organizers of the GROW Conference have announced something new for 2012. Day one of the three-day conference has now been labelled GROWtalks and will be focused on how startups can create simple, actionable metrics, and use them to make better product and marketing decisions for long-term growth.
Industry experts including KissMetrics’ Neil Patel and 500 Startups’s Dave McClure will give actionable advice to startup teams on how to improve design, product development, customer development, acquisition, and retention.
GROWtalks is limited to 200 attendees, so register now if you want to participate. Tickets are $195 for startups and students and $395 for everyone else. Register here. (You’re classified a startup if you’ve raised less than $2 million and were founded less than 3 years ago.)