Images from INcubes DemoDay INtake02 at the TSX
INcubes DemoDay INtake02 at the Toronto Stock Exchange was an exciting event, where INcubes presented it’s second INtake of accelerated Startups. The new companies, Hovr, GameDay, EventHoller, and MyGoodNIght presented to a private INvite only room of Canada’s most influential tech investors, as well as to the public through a live broadcast hosted by ITbusiness.ca.
Key note speaker, Kirk Simpson, founder of Wave Accounting, shared INsight from his experience as a successful entrepreneur.
The startups are already seeing the returns. Two of the companies are in investor negotiations towards their first round of capital for growth, and EventHoller is already close to closing it’s round!
Announcing INcubes DemoDay INtake02 Programme
It’s nearly [IN]cubes Demo Day • INtake 02 Wednesday, September 12, 1pm • INvite Only; at the Toronto Stock Exchange Tower . As INtake 02 grads on our second DemoDay, our 4 Startups are poised to make their presence known globally.
Toronto boasts the most exits of any city in Canada, although it severely lacks support for early-phase internet entrepreneurs. At DemoDay Toronto’s Tech Community looks back at what INcubes has spurred and how Canadian startups fit into global business.
INcubes has successfully brought support for early startup teams in Toronto and to Canada’s business centre in the form of our private INcubator and nimble, agile, and competitive Acceleration Program. While only just in our second INtake, we’ve been listed as among the top accelerators in Canada, and we’re the only of significance servicing early startups in Canada’s finance centre. This DemoDay is the place to be to see Canadian INternet INnovation emerge. This is what we founded INcubes to do.
1:00 [ INsider Networking & Appetizers ]
1:30 [ INcubes Startups • INvestor Presentations ]
Opening Remarks by Ben Zlotnick CEO of INcubes
INtro by Ben Zifkin of Hubab
The Pitch: Hovr • Product Search in Just One Click!
INtro by Scott Howard of Coral CEA
The Pitch: GameDay • Get In The Game!
INtro by Annie Pinet of Deloitte
The Pitch: Event Holler • Promoter Powered Event Management
INtro by Tim Shore of BlogTO
The Pitch: MyGoodNight • Making Where To Go & What To Do Simple
2:30 [ Key Note • Kirk Simpson of Wave Accounting ]
2:40 [ Thank you from A. Traviss Corry INoffice Director of INcubes ]
To 4pm [ Mingling INperson Q&A with the INcubated Founders ]
Prep yourself for DemoDay with…
Hovr • Product Search In Just One Click!
EventHoller • Promoter Powered Event Management
GameDay • Get In The Game!
MyGoodnight • We Make Deciding Where To Go & What To Do Simple
The Public can TuneIN on Sept, 12 at 1pm EST for the LIVE BROADCAST at INcubes.ca Presented by ITBusiness.ca and your online host Brian J. Jackson.
This event is Certified Kosher • INvite Only • LIve Broadcast
Thank You Justyna Sokolowski!
INcubes would like to take this time to thank our Creative Director for INcubes Demo Day, Justyna Sokolowski.
For booking information on Justyna, please visit her linkedIn.
(Above) 2.5: Jeff Walter and Marc-Paul Gauthier
(Above) 23 Press: Jeremy Wright and Terry Smith
(Above) Key Note Speaker: Bruce Croxon of Round 13 Capital and Dragon’s Den
(Above) Empower: Garin Kilpatrick
[IN]cubes Presents: Demo Day!
On February 28th, 2012, at the Royal Ontario Museum, INcubes held it’s first ever Demo Day. Our startups, 2.5, 23 Press, Empower Media, Gossipz, and Spidvid took the stage in front of over 250 VCs, Angels, Industry Professionals and aspiring Entrepreneurs. Our startups impressed the distinguished audience and made us at INcubes very proud.
Thank you to everyone that was INvolved in the event, and to all that attended. We look forward to seeing you all at INtake 02 Demo Day.
Here is a sneak peak of our startups taking the stage. More photos to come!
Jeff Walter and Marc-Paul Gautheir of 2.5
Garin Kilpatrick Founder and CEO of Empower Media Inc.
23 Press CEO, Jeremy Wright, and CTO Terry Smith
Spidvid founder, Jeremy Campbell
Mark Gelman of Gossipz
* Special thanks to photographer Justyna Sokolowki
[IN]cubes INtake 01 is set to grad it’s 5 INternet Startups pioneering Silicon North. An INvestor Event that you don’t want to miss.
Launching fascinating web apps. Poised to disrupt markets. Extraordinary revenue potentials. Support Canada’s emerging tech economy, in the heart of the Canadian business district, at one of Canada’s most beautiful venues, the Royal Ontario Museum.
Tuesday • Feb 28 2012 • 1pm - 4pm1:00 [ INsider Networking & Appetizers ]
1:30 [ INcubes Startups • INvestor Presentations ]
[IN]tro by Ben Zlotnick CEO of [IN]cubes
[ The Pitch: Gossipz • Provocative Anonymous Community Apps ][IN]tro by Jay Goldman of Klick
[ The Pitch: 23press • Making Blog Management Easy For Humans ][IN]tro by Damien Steel of OMERS Ventures
[ The Pitch: Empower • Tools Tactics & Training for a profitable social media presence ][IN]tro by Gerard Buckley of Jaguar Capital & Maple Leaf Angels
[ The Pitch: Spidvid • Make Videos Together ][IN]tro by Saul Colt Head Of Magic At Freshbooks
[ The Pitch: 2.5 • We Juice Big Data ]2:30 [ Key Note • Bruce Croxon of Round 13 Capital and Dragon’s Den ]
2:40 [ Thank you from A. Traviss Corry INoffice Director of [IN]cubes ]
to 4pm[ Mingling INperson Q&A with the INcubated Founders ]
Make sure to RSVP to your Private INvite by clicking “attend event”
Or Request An INvite NOW
Please tell us who you are & why you’d like to attend.
This event is Certified Kosher • Invite Only • LIve Broadcast • Connect With Us At…
[IN]cubes Startups on BNN’s The Pitch
TuneIN to BNN, channel 57 (in the GTA), Tonight, February 23, 2012 at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. EST. There will be encore presentation on Sunday, February 26. 2012 at 9:30 a.m. and again at 8 p.m. EST.
[IN]tensive Day 08 • [IN]take 01
As INtake 01 approaches completion, INcubes goes out with a BANG for the last INtensive Day of our first INtake.
Tim Ryan, founder and CEO of Vestiigo.com, spoke to our startups IN a talk titled “What You Should Be Spending Your Time On”. Being a successful entrepreneur, Tim was able to give sound advice on how to accomplish goals, and waste as little time as possible.
Freshbooks’ Saul Colt gave an exceptional talk, “Getting Noticed From the Start”. He INspired the audience by sharing many of his creative and non-traditional marketing methods that are sure to get a company noticed. His formula, make them think, laugh and/or cry, is one to remember.
Grant Ritchie, CEO of Locationary.com, a very successful startup, was our next mentor IN. Grant’s session, “Wining and Dining the INvestors you Want”, explained the blunt realities and struggles a startup experiences when working towards gaining capital. He provided specific and detailed tips on the resources and INvestors available to Toronto startups.
INoffice INformal INvestor Pitches continued this week, with a new panel of INvestors to give their opinions and suggestions. Daniel Klass from Klass Capital and Round 13 Capital’s Scott Pelton, listened to the INcubes startups’ pitch decks and offered valuable feedback for INcubes Demo Day, on February 28, 2012.
As an added treat, the following morning, the dedicated and always helpful Gerard Buckley, was IN to speak on “Accessing Capital From an Angel Network”, and to add some value to the startup pitch decks.
Thank you to all Mentors and INvestors who participated IN our very successful and very INformative INtensive Days!
Tune[IN] • [IN]tensive Day 07 • [IN]take 01
Yahoo News: Toronto Incubator INcubes Embraces Tech Mavericks
Local start up incubator looks to turn Canadian tech pioneers into international sensations.
(PRWEB) January 13, 2012
INcubes offers a customized and condensed curriculum for start ups, with the goal on enriching each entrepreneur with the integral survival and growth skills necessary to take their business through funding to market.
“Unlike many other incubators, our program isn’t solely focused on acceleration. Instead, it’s about providing each start up with exactly what they need for success. As a privately run organization, we don’t have to conform to any ‘mold’ required by institutionalized or academic incubators.” said A. Traviss Corry, Director of Business Development at INcubes.
The team has already received pitches from businesses across Canada. After screening the initial submissions, they managed to narrow it down to forty finalists, including an open platform for cities, governments and NGOs, and a means to revolutionize digital receipts.
“The core concept of our business is to embrace the tech maverick. They have ideas that aren’t simple or easy, but foster change and opportunity for people all around the world. As the test market capital of North America, there’s no better city than Toronto to grow these thought-leaders and innovations,” said Ben Zlotnick, founder of INcubes.
INcubes is currently accepting applications for Startup INtake 02 Spring 2012. For details, visithttp://incubes.ca/for_startups.
INcubes is a Toronto based incubator that sources emerging entrepreneurs and talented start up teams, and graduates qualified businesses with innovative products and ideas towards their first round of capital. INcubes connects with the most forward-thinking and grass-roots Canadian talent with the goals of transforming their new and disruptive technologies into international sensations. For more information, visit http://incubes.ca.
[IN]credible Pitch Practice
INcubes Mentor and Angel INvestor, Mark Dowds rounded up his organization, Band Of Coders to watch the INcubes Startups Pitch Practice and provide unleashed cutting critiques. It was a real life Dragon’s Den situation.
Jeremy Wright and Terry Smith of 23 Press give their Pitch
2.5’s Jeff Walter takes the floor
INcubes Startup founders, who for many have had little experience pitching to such a distinguished audience, received valuable feedback on to communicate more effectively. Tough love was given, and was received very humbly by our Startups, who will surely apply this valuable criticism.
Mark Gelman, Anatoly Dobrovinsky and Anton Belov of Gossipz
Public speaking is difficult in any case, but imagine needing to explain something as sophisticated and complex as a tech business plan in under 5 minutes. Thank you Mark Dowds and Band Of Coders for this valuable night… as well as the wine, beers and cheers! @MarkDowds
[IN]tensive Day 03 - INtake 01
This week’s INtensive Day at [IN]cubes was successful at shifting the Startup’s focus from Biz Dev Planning and Qualifying to the beginning of the Product Dev portion of the INcubes 3 month curriculum. INcubes Mentors were [IN]office for group seminars and one on one INtensive Mentoring sessions with the founders from each of our 6 Startups.
We were pleased to have Gerard Buckley [IN] for his second Mentor Seminar. After leading Elevator pitch Practice, he gave a valuable talk on, Forming an Advisory Board. His sessions are always very informative and give our Startups much to think about in the future. @GerardBuckley
Gerard Buckley speaks to our startups about selecting the right advisory board.
INcubes had a drop[IN] from Councillor James Pasternak, Toronto, Ward 10 / York Centre in North York. He graciously gave his time to hear our Startups pitches, and discuss How The City of Toronto Supports Startup Culture, as well, a fascinating back and forth about Canada’s economic position in global technology markets and how Toronto City can encourage what’s happening here. We are honoured to learn that [IN]cubes is fast becoming a recognized hub in this vital effort to foster for Canadian Entreprenialship and our culture of INnovation. Thank you to Councillor James Pasternak for your offers of ongoing support. @JamesPasternak
Garin Kilpatrick of Empower Inc., presents his elevator pitch to Councillor James Pasternak and INcubes Business Development Mentor, A. Traviss Corry.
Councillor James Pasternak listens to Vincent Panepinto of Spently deliver his elevator pitch.
Adam Sadowski, an experienced and established Startup founder, was our secondMentor of the day. His talk, How To Avoid Classic Startup Mistakes, gave real life insight into issues that can and most likely will arise for INcubes Startup Founders. @AdamSadowski
Adam Sadowski shares his business experience and mistakes, and gives some great tips to the INcubes Startups.
INcubes Mentor, Juan Gonzalez brought his passion for global culture and his INcredible knowledge of technical architecture to an inspiring talk on INtersecting Technology + Culture. Juan followed the talk with a Q&A and then One-On-One Mentor Meetings with each of our Startup Founders. @GlobalCulture
Juan Ganzalez, providing our startups with some valuable lessons.
Thank you to all of our Mentors for another great INtensive Day!