INcubes is excited to announce our partnership with VM Farms.
VM Farms has generously taken on the management of the INcubes site and we’ve already seen huge improvements!
VM Farms was established “ to figure out a way to let companies and individuals free themselves of server operations and focus on their businesses and applications”.
Stayed tuned for the INcubes website revamp in the next few weeks as well!
INcubes partners with ContactMonkey!
INcubes is excited to have a new partner - ContactMonkey, an email tracking application. ContactMonkey has generously provided us with free services of their application. We are looking forward to working with them!
ContactMonkey is a smart email tracker add-on for Outlook, Gmail and Salesforce.com. ContactMonkey tracks emails, opens and link clicks to help salespeople identify prospects and close more deals.
BetaKit: “POSITIVE VIBES WERE ABUZZ AS FOUNDERPROJECT’S TORONTO EVENT KICKS OFF NOVEMBER SERIES”
On the heels of a newly redesigned logo and website, FounderProject kicked off their November series of events on Wednesday night when the student-run venture capital organization hosted OMERS Venture’s John Ruffolo to speak at the first of four “FounderExpo” events.
We last covered FounderProject last week when they formally announced the four events- meant to serve as preambles to one massive event on December 4 to be held simultaneously in both Toronto and Montreal. That event will be webcasted to the public and both the Toronto and Montreal crowds will be able to watch every pitch via screens.
Wednesday night attracted 150 students, entrepreneurs and investors to the 26th floor of the PwC Tower in Toronto, where about 35 student startups pitched their ideas to six investors/ mentors. The mentors who came were Ruffolo (OMERS Ventures), Matt Roberts (BDC Venture Capital), Aron Solomon (MaRS), Ben Zlotnick (INcubes), Gideon Hayden (OMERS Ventures) and Russell Samuels(Mantella VP).
FounderProject’s Ilan Saks told us that student startups from universities all across the Greater Toronto Area pitched at the event, and some will receive follow-on meetings with investors.
Emily Luk is FounderProject’s director for its Toronto team. She told BetaKit that some were shocked at the calibre and originality of the ideas presented. “Especially because many of them were only 20 or 21 years old,” said Luk. Many of the 35 student startups who pitched had never actually pitched their startup to anyone, let alone an investor before.
Nevertheless, those who attended apparently come away impressed. Luk said she was extremely pleased with how the event went. FounderProject’s existence lies upon enabling student startups by providing them with the help they need.
“A lot of them were telling us they don’t know where to find the resources, and not having access to that is one of their biggest issues. It validated our vision and it was proof that there are student startups out there who want to be a part of this kind of thing,” she said. “Our entire premise is that students are interested in doing things that aren’t traditional career paths, and it proved to us that those people both exist and they’re much further along that we would have guessed.”
Zlotnick echoed those sentiments. The founder of Toronto’s INcubes accelerator program for startups said that FounderProject’s Toronto team did an “awesome job of bringing out a diversified group of students from across the Toronto University scene, which was very impressive.”
“The vibe was really strong in the room, and the passion was definitely there,” said Zlotnick. “From the ones I saw, some might have some promise down the road. The most interesting pitch I heard was from a startup that caught me on the elevator down and walked me over to King Street before we split off!”
Read the full article here!
We are excited to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week as affiliates of the SociaLIGHT Conference! Join over 1,000 entrepreneurs, innovators and world class speakers on Saturday November 23 & Sunday 24!
Use the code incubesROCKS and get $100 off all tickets and $10 off the after party.
INcubes INtake 04 Alumni, Lightning Platform, hosted their first “LightHack” on November 2nd!
Team U-Mart: Built a digital vending machine & delivery service app for university dorm residents.
Team LocoNotes: Built a multi-user location-based note-pinning app.
Team SERVR: Built a bar/restaurant server profile and loyalty building app.
Team NIFF: Built a film festival film audience voting app.
And the winners are….”too close to call between Team U-Mart & Team LocoNotes, so we are splitting the $500 cash prize two ways for the open category. Our one Team NIFF, working on the NIFF stream, will receive a pass to the nextMEDIA conference. Also – as a special reward to all LightHack participants we are offering a Lightning solo hosting free for one year.”
Stay tuned for details on the next LightHack!
CoFoundersLab Matchup Toronto
When: Tuesday, November 19th from 6:30-9:00pm
Where: INcubes (70 Peter Street)
What: CoFoundersLab Matchup Toronto is an opportunity to find a co-founder for your business, or to help you find a business to join. Brought to you by CoFoundersLab, come meet other aspiring entrepreneurs and build the team to make your business happen. Start networking now by creating a free profile at CoFoundersLab.com!
Cost: $10 (Includes food & beverages)
If you LOVE fashion and LOVE a great deal - then don’t miss this event!
SHOPPERS!! Shop Til You Drop!
Come and SHOP all the amazing Closets that will be on display for this event! We have several ladies (of all shapes / sizes) who will be selling their Brand Name, Designer and Indie Designer items right our of their closets! Claim a FREE ticket to attend!! We will provide FREE Starbucks coffee to the first 40 shoppers! We will also have prizes & giveaways!
We had a limited number of Closet Vendor’ tickets but they SOLD OUT in 3 days! If you have items you’d like to sell but missed out on being a closet vendor for this event - start listing them on our website: www.fashion-forward.ca but be sure to attend so you can SHOP all the amazing deals!
SmashCake will be on site selling their AMAZINGLY delicious treats…we recommend their frozen Peanut Butter Sandwiches - YUM! Check out their website http://www.smashcake.ca! You can pre-order by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to tweet about the event using: #FFClosets
Register for the event here!
INcubes’ Outreach Partner, The Thiel Fellowship Council is now accepting applications!
"The Thiel Fellowship Council hopes that you’ll apply to the Thiel Fellowship. We love learning about how people want to change the world and how applicants would take the next two years to pursue their projects and dreams. Though we only have 20 spots per year for fellowships, we’re helping hundreds of applicants to change the world by connecting them to resources like mentoring, internships, and inviting them to participate in our Under 20 Community. We look forward to reading your application and being inspired by your vision for the future.”
The Globe and Mail: “Ottawa unveils new visa stream to attract foreign entrepreneurs”
Business Incubator stream to allow up to 2,750 foreign entrepreneurs in a year
The federal government is creating a new visa program to lure budding foreign entrepreneurs to Canada.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said the program, known as the Business Incubator stream, will help drive economic growth.
"This government does support business incubation. We know it’s the only way to stay ahead of competitors," he told a breakfast gathering hosted by the Canadian Association of Business Incubation in Toronto on Monday.
Read the full the article here.
The Canadian Media Fund (CMF) has announced a new funding announcement that will give $30,000 to 12 startups accepted into one of eight Canadian startup accelerator programs. The catch is that the companies had to have successfully gone through the CMF’s “Experimental Stream” funding program, which narrows down the list of companies who are actually eligible for the money.
Nevertheless, the Accelerator Partnership Pilot Program (A3P) could go a long way for a startup already accepted into one of the accelerator programs, all of which generally give around $50,000 to cohort members just for joining. The accelerators taking part in this program are: Execution Labs,FounderFuel, GrowLab, HYPERDRIVE, ideaBoost, INcubes, Inno-Centre and Ryerson Futures and Digital Media Zone.
As a government entity, INcubes founder Ben Zlotnick said that there’s only so much help the CMF can give to startups participating in either its “Experimental Stream” or its “Convergent Stream”. It benefits the accelerators in that due diligence and other work is already done with each of the companies, the companies have more of a financial runway and lastly there’s branding and marketing opportunities for all involved.
Read the full BetaKit article here.
We are quite fortunate to now have a few new special guests presenting on Sunday:
1) Marc Hofstatter, Head of Film at Indiegogo. Marc will join us from Los Angeles via Google Hangouts to speak on the importance of the pitch video in conveying key campaign messages.
2) Greg Goralski: Hear from a Toronto native who recently completed the fantastically successful Appseed campaign on KickstarterBe ready for a weekend full of productivity, learning and tangible progress in preparing for your crowdfunding campaign.Here are the details again:
Event: Extreme Crowdfunding Bootcamp
Date: Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20
Time: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm on both days
Location: INcubes, 70 Peter Street, lower levelWhat to bring: Your laptop and your crowdfunding work in progress or idea.Register on EventBrite at https://crowdfundbootcamp.eventbrite.ca