Hamilton, ON (March 6, 2014) | by Emily Kinread, Marketing & Communications Manager, Emily.email@example.com
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!”
Short posting today….trying to finish off still what’s been a very very busy week…but as a member of the group that attended last evening’s launch of our #HamOnt “Women in Technology Hamilton” event at the Baltimore House, it was a great event, eh!
Yup, sure was. I went early (as always) and had a great time meeting with more than three dozen of Hamilton’s “best and brightest” women who wanted to come out to the lauch of this new group – and as one of the very few men in the room, it was so so nice to see the turnout!
The Spec Business Magazine is under the direction of Rick Hughes the Spec Business editor – but managed by Cheryl Stepan, the magazine editor and….well….I like it a whole bunch!
And let me tell you why…on three major points. The first is on the new biz magazine itself – or even better, let me show you how that was explained by Cheryl herself here –
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!
Yes, it’s exactly the right time to think about our wonderful community and think investment! Money, sure, I mean money by all means, but that’s not what I’m really thinking about today…what I’m thinking about is the commitment of time – your time and in truth is there anything more valuable than time? No there is not. And here’s why, eh!
Time is the measure that we all use, to try to live, work and exist in life, and we use it haphazardly when we’re not focused I think. As one grows a bit older, and the term “been there done that” comes to the top-0f-mind position more than not – that was the time for me when time suddenly appeared to be of more import to my life than anything else.