Lion’s Lair is an annual event put on by Innovation Factory and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, it involves 10 Hamilton-area startups battling each other for $150,000 in cash and professional services. It’s been happening since 2011, and local tech/software firms are always well represented, both amongst finalists and the winners.
The actual Lion’s Lair evening at Carmen’s involves watching local business experts quiz the finalists on the viability and potential success of their business, over a nice dinner in a room filled with great people. Check out the top ten finalists below. Tickets are $60 for young professionals and $120 for regular early bird.
If you know the startup ecosystem here in Hamilton, you then know of our own Lion’s Lair Gala competition where startups compete for big money and prizes…and as just last night we celebrated our Lions’ Lair 2013 evening – you know I was there.
As last year, I was actually a contestant in the competition and ended up in the top 10 Finalists, I couldn’t offer up any prizes or sponsorships – but this year my online marketing firm, KKT INTERACTIVE Inc. offered up a full SEO Campaign (a $12k package) to the prize pool as our own contribution to the overall successs of the gala.
I am so proud today to be adding my own comments to this great news for both our city and our business community! We have a brand new CEO at the Chamber and it’s just been announced that our Innovation Factory COO Keanin Loomis will be taking over those duties soon!
Kudos to the Chamber BOD for this choice and to Keanin too for the new job!
Lion’s Lair as all our regular readers know, is Hamilton’s answer to the CBC Dragon’s Den TV show – and we offer up a similar contest right here in #HamOnt for our own local startups to come and pitch to 5 local Lions! And what a great second annual it was this year too!
Yes that’s right….today is the second annual Lion’s Lair Gala event where the winners of the contest will be announced….and Snappay is one of those in the running for $100,000 in cash and prizes – and we’re pumped!
And the #HamOnt Spectator, our daily newspaper covered same in a full-page spread on those top ten finalists and can be seen here too (big shout-out to Meredith MacLeod for the great reporting too!).
And a small reminder/disclaimer, that Snappay is a new mobile app that I’ve invested in and I am the CEO so it was myself that did the “pitch” to the Lions back in late August so as you may be able to tell, I’m very proud of what the company has done in the past 5 months since our launch!
Okay, after much thought on same, I felt that I should post here some slides from our upcoming Thursday Lion’s Lair 2012 Pitch Competition….and that in doing so, I could show you what we’re going to be presenting.
I’ve not included in the speaking scripts for same…as that would be too much to offer here…but just the screens in a “show & tell” mode. Hope you like them….
Big big smile here…because announced just last week, the second annual 2012 Lion’s Lair contest top ten finalists were announced – and Snappay is in!
That smile of course, is just the start of how we feel about same and by that I mean we do realize that it’s going to be dang hard to “finish in the money” of this $100,000 dollar contest, but we’re up for the challenge, eh!
Recently, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce nominated us for their 2012 Annual Outstanding Business Awards in the category of Communication Technology firms and to do that they had to shoot a video about our company, and that was a very nice touch! And while we didn’t win in our Category, just being nominated was a great treat….and I’d like to thank our Chamber for that honor too!
Yup, our first annual Lion’s Lair event is now over and I watched as did hundreds and hundreds of other Hamiltonians, as $100,000 was handed out to three lucky winners this past Wednesday evening at a huge gala at Carmen’s! And what a wonderful event it was! But who won, you ask?
The contest winners were intoduced by Dr. Nick Bontis of McMaster who used just about every bit of his boundless energy to talk up all the 10 finalists…and when he announced the winners the 500+ of the gala attendants were waiting with bated breath – and here’s the winners!
You heard right! There is $100,000 dollars at stake in Hamilton’s first ever celebration of entrepeneurism – our very own “Lion’s Lair!” Sponsored by both the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the Innovation Factory the event was just announced here –
“LiON’S LAIR is providing 10 Hamilton companies with the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of top Hamilton business experts in an attempt to solicit up to $100,000 in cash and resources. Besides cash provided by BMO, Carego,City of Hamilton and Cogeco, the available resources include accounting services from KPMG, legal services from Gowlings, marketing services from kitestring creative branding studio, and business services from Trivaris…”