Okay, I’m asking for the whole #HamOnt community to step-up and show our own City Hall, our community and yes the globe just what we can do on our own….raise funds to help pay for our own Hamilton sign!
What are we talking about?
Not trying to be oblique here….but the title above says it all. We’ve all been trained to believe that it’s far far better to sow a seed and then know that when it ripens on it’s own, it can be harvested by us gaining the strategic startup founder the crop that he seeks.
That is, I think that this is the completely wrong paradigm to pronounce as the “right” way to think about success….and finally, there’s some other thought leaders out there that agree.
Not that I was the first – my own mentor from back in the 1970′s taught me to “farm always…but carry a spear” and from the success that I’ve had in closing deals, it appears that he knew his stuff. Which is what I learned. Which is why I now say the same strategic goal….that hunters win.
Yup, it was last night and I am so so pleased to be able to report that the winner of our #HamOnt Innovation Factory Mark Chamberlain BiG DiFIZEN of the Year Award is Carolynn Reid, of the city’s EcDev Department! KUDOS Carolynn!!!
But wait, there’s more…so much more…and let me remind you that I speak from the “lofty” position of being the innaugural winner of that award back in 2012…and it really may “take one to know one” type of argument here….
And just last year, the Innovation Factory presented the 2013 BiG DiFIZEN of the Year award to our own Kevin Browne, who they described by saying “it is truly great to see how many people really want to be a contributing part of Hamilton’s Innovative Community, but with everything he has done, Kevin Browne is truly a grass-roots supporter of innovation in Hamilton.”
StartUpWeekend – what’s that you might be asking right off the bat and I’m not surprised to be honest. The whole StartUpWeekend movement began years ago out west in Seattle and while the number of events already held is over 1000+, it’s understandable that the whole experience is just not as discernable as it could be. Why?
Well, as it’s “hosted” by brand-new-to-event-management folks each and every time, it’s easy to see that these folks lack to a certain degree the knowledge and ability to push out the brand to the community in which it’s being held. They’re new to this kind of output for community notice and they miss a few or sometimes more opportunities but thats a part IMHO of the whole “coolness” of the event itself. As the rules state that no one can “host or run” a StartUpWeekend more than three times, it promotes the onboarding of new folks at the top to run and look after all the details of an event and that is one of the best parts of any event!
Hamilton, ON (March 6, 2014) | by Emily Kinread, Marketing & Communications Manager, Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-hosted by Innovation Factory, the McMaster Entrepreneurship Association, the McMaster Social Innovation Lab and the McMaster Engineering & Management Society, Innovation Night brought together students, innovators and business professionals from the community.
We’re closing down the office today for the Christmas holidays….and as usual I just wanted to thank all of our readers and followers for their support over the past year!
So, what is a “Pitch Contest?” you might ask…and it’s really just what it says. Past winners and nominees from within the Innovation Night events held all year, get a two minute timed presentation to pitch their company to a crowd of more than 300 and they do it with style and drive!
Once again, it was my pleasure to be involved as one of the Mentors for the weekend just past’s big #HamOnt event – our third StartUpWeekend and what a great success it was too!
Held downtown on James St South, at the popular Radius Cafe building, this event was ably led by our Innovation Factory, Software Hamilton, KiteString agency and Vana Workforce and each of same had their top-notch talent there to present and run the whole event.
Yes after about 2 years and a bit, last night our own Hamilton RIC (Regional Innovation Centre), our Innovation Factory opened up it’s brand new premises at McMaster’s Innovation Park and boy what a great party it was!
Filled up with local and GHTA and regional “movers & shakers” the reception was one of the best I’ve been to in years, with both politicians, angels, startups and the “usual suspects” in our community startup channel too!
That said, one thing I wanted to do right up front in 2013 was to re-publish a great piece done just last Saturday here in #HamOnt by our Hamilton Spectator entitled “Where is Technology Headed” and sub titled “We’ve asked Hamilton’s Savvy Ones!” and yup, guess I’m one of same!
Okay, it being Friday once again, I thought that I’d wrap-up the busiest SEO week in quite awhile with a #HamOnt comment that has definitely “twigged” my attention, broken through the clutter that one gets innundated with online….and it’s definitely worth a click to see more.
Video is of course, a hot method that many savvy website SMB owners use to get traction and traffic. It’s said that 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube for example, every single minute of the day, hour by hour and day by day it’s no wonder that YouTube grows so quickly…and this post is about “video leadership!”