It seems like so so long ago, when our Innovation Factory held our first Hamilton based “in house” Innovation Night competitions….twas only about 18 months ago I think…but we’ve had so many winning nights that they all stand as successful ways to hear what’s “new” in startups here in the city.
And last Wednesday night was no different as we had about a dozen competitors who competed for the two big prizes of top-of-the-line tech gadgets, Lenovo IdeaTab tablets and what a competition it was, eh!
Guest Post by Stephanie Shuster…
STARTOFF Crowns 10 Winners and iF Celebrates 2 Years
STARTOFF Winners are some of over 340 Hamilton Innovators Benefitting from MEDI’s ONE Initiative
Hamilton, ON (November 2, 2012) – Over the past two months, anticipation has been building in the city around STARTOFF Hamilton, the newest competition brought to the community by Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) Innovation Factory (iF). After public outreach campaigns including a fun, start-up themed obstacle course at SUPERCRAWL, an “8-Bit Invasion” of ten stylized sculptures placed throughout the city, and the retro-videogame inspired voting platform hosted at startoff.ca, the contest has come to a close.
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!
Hello all…I thought that I’d today, give the blog posting to our #HamOnt Innovation Factory to talk about their upcoming STARTOFF event and explain how any readers can help get involved! For basic info on our local RIC – the Innovation Factory can be found here. And the STARTOFF event that they’re running can be found here too for more info as well!
Today’s blog posting comes from Sandra Barbera, one of the great staff over at the Innovation Factory….and as you can see, as we’re one of the Sponsors of same, this came out just a few minutes ago but as you can see, it really is meant for all us #HamOnt supporters, eh!
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….
Okay, so we’re famous. Well, maybe not quite yet…but at least someone on the other side of the video camera thought enough of our presentations on Snappay, that we got taped and here’s a few links to same for some PR publicity.
Please do go and look at same, eh…I’d love to see us get like millions of views….er well at least a couple of hundred would be a nice thing!
Most likely you already know what an “Elevator Pitch” is – that supposedly, it’s a short very to-the-point pitch that you give to an investor prospect in less than a minute….say the same amount of time it’d take to ride up to an office in a downtown skyscraper.
Least, that’s the thinking and what you can find all over the web….but I think – and hopefully can make the case here, that in reality an Elevator Pitch is “it!” It’s the single most important piece of early marketing that any startup founder can use to try to get interest and momentum in their new company!
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!
Okay, first things first – as you will most likely already know, I’m very involved with our Hamilton startup community and our RIC, the MIPs based Innovation Factory over on Longwood Road. As such a supporter, it’s been my pleasure to have tried to help them keep up that “head of steam” momentum that is led by Ron Neumann and his great staff and yup, there’s something new too!
The Innovation Factory Floor is a brand new innovative co-creation space that is named the “Don Pether Business Incubation Centre” that is run in colloboration with the Xerox Centre of McMaster and it is a beautiful new business hub that is waiting for it’s new startups to join in.
I am so proud of this young man – and yes, a reminder that I’m also involved with Snappay as their CMO and have been working hard for Lorne to help market Snappay, our mobile POS application that allows a user to charge a customer’s credit cards with no hardware!
Hamilton, ON (April 30, 2012) – Last weekend, 95 developers, designers, marketers, business professionals, animators, and engineers came together in the Collaboratory at Mohawk College to spend 54 hours trying to launch new startups in Hamilton.
Innovation Night is Hamilton’s key event for innovators and entrepreneurs to share and develop their ideas, practice and perfect their pitch, and present to their peers and the local innovation community…and we were there on Wednesday night for the latest rendition of same….and what night it was!
First the “pitchers” who numbered more than a dozen and we loved the variety of the startup ideas that we heard! Well, to be totally honest, as we help mentor the Innovation Night workshops that occur a week earlier and last week we were there to listen and offer advice and counsel…and that alone is a real challenge.
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.
It’s not too often that I’m surprised anymore, as at my age I’ve about seen and done most everything when it comes to business – both as a success and as a failure too, here in our wonderful Hamilton community.
But last evening at our Innovation Factory annual event – the Big DiF it’s called, I was totally floored, surprised and yes almost speechless!
For last night, I was awarded the first ever “Mark Chamberlain DiFIZEN of the Year Award!”
Going to a Lunch ‘n Learn put on by the Innovation Factory is one of the best ways I know to gain valuable insight into areas that many entrepreneurs just do not know enough about. And yesterday’s session on Employment Law was a great success!
Wait, you say….a Lunch ‘n Learn on legal stuff and it wasn’t boring? No, actually while that may be what many attendees might have expected, it wasn’t the experience that I got…in fact, the content was great!