Just last Wednesday, November 6th here at our own Hamilton McMaster Innovation Park the Innovation Factory once again held their big quarterly Innovation Night competition and was what can only be called a true successful event! The Innovation Factory has run this event many many times in the past 3 years and yes, I’ve blogged about them all here…
First the Atrium was sold out…not a seat to be had and there was I’m told a waiting list for attendants too so the hubbub was big and the buzz strong and we were all pumped and ready for the whole evening’s ceremonies. Our MC was yes, David Carter the Innovation Factory CEO and he was as surprised as the rest of us “usual attendees” when he asked how many folks were there that night for their very first-ever Innovation Night event when more’n half the audience raised a hand!
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!
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!
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!
Okay so you’re thinking that you’re a bit perturbed that you were unable to make last Wednesday’s Innovation Factory big competiton – their Innovation Night Showdown and you wanted to find out just who won?
That’s right, Snappay our mobile POS app startup firm, pitched and beat out all the other competitors to win the Contest and a brand new Apple iPad3 too!
But then again, maybe you didn’t even know it was the big summer scheduled event so here’s a bit of backstory on same.
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.
After being a part – however small – of the ongoing Innovation Night series of events for our Hamilton based Innovation Factory, it was no surprise that again this past Wednesday, myself and over two hundred other startup aficiandos attended the first 2012 gala event at the MIPs centre! And what an event it was!
Disclaimer: I am actively involved in the ‘behind-the-scenes’ marketing for Snappay, one of the evening’s contestants and I wanted to state that right up front. That said, what a wonderful boost to said marketing program, as Lorne Lantz, the founder of Snappay won the event with the judged Best Business Proposition Award and took home one of those brand new color Kobo readers! #kudos to Snappay….and signup here for more information! Continue reading “Innovation Night: Another Big Success for Hamilton & Snappay!” »
Once again, it was my pleasure to be asked by the Innovation Factory folks, to help coach and mentor the next batch of our Hamilton startups for their presentations to Innovation Night:3 held just last Wednesday nite at the MIPs Centre here in Hamilton! And what a batch it was!
We had founders that were inventors, community builders, marketing mavens, new app builders and print publishers…and one and all were so damn passionate that it was a pretty easy task to coach them into developing their one or three minute presentations – and myself and the other coaches/mentors there all had a great time doing just that and I wanted to invest in a couple myownself, eh!
It was my great pleasure to be invited last week to help out with the Innovation Factory’s Workshop for candidates for their Innovation Night Startup presentation judging….and was I impressed along with the other mentors there too!