Well through the week I’m often at the Innovation Destination milieu, at our beautiful McMaster Innovation Park where startup entrepreneurs drop by on a daily basis. Not all or even a major number wander over to say “hi” and ask for some advice/counsel…but the ocasional one does in an off-hand sort of way….as when I ask “what’s new” I usually then get a list of current issues, problems and crossroads that they’re facing…
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.
I dont know if that’s because it’s gender specific, i.e. women competitors only, or if I’ve just been too deep into my own Canadian SEO practice, but here’s the skinny on this great event for our #HamOnt women entrepreneurs!
News is always fun to report on, and today we’re just one day away from the upcoming big LiFT Conference to be held at the McMaster Innovation Centre here in our bustling startup community of #HamOnt!
And while I know some of what the Agenda will be, it’s now even packed with more information for any SME owner.
Here’s how the article today in our Hamilton Spectator says will be an event where Entrepreneurs can get a LiFT at a daylong Session -
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!
Been thinking on this quite a bit lately, especially as I get to “peek under” the hood at many new startups and their technology solutions to combat what they see as a “hole in the marketplace.” What I mean by that is that when a new startup begins to do their pitch to a room full of angels or VCs or mentors or even at a pitch contest, what they often have to do is to spell out their solution to the pain that they believe exists.
And as a part of that “spelling out” of their technology what they often do is to let the room full of listeners learn about their technology and how it works…and that’s a part of their presi…and when you hear a dozen or so of these weekly, you quickly can “suss” out what that means.
It was my extreme pleasure last evening to have been invited to sit on a Panel of #HamOnt local startup entrepreneurs at an event held by Fullerton Media and a great set of Sponsors to follow the first screening of that great entrepreneurs movie “The Startup Kids!” And what a great event it was too!
The screening was open to all established and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Greater Hamilton Area and it was a documentary about young web entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe. Founders of Vimeo, SoundCloud, Kiip, InDinero, Dropbox, Foodspotting and many others talk about how they started their company and their lives as an entrepreneur. Innovation Factory, kitestring creative branding studio, Fullerton Media, and Mohawk College all teamed up to Sponsor the screening of The Startup Kids.
Very short post this am….as I’ve loaded the car and we’re heading north in a few minutes…but wanted to share the following with you all…
First, that our local Spectator gave us, Snappay a short notice in a recent Business section of the paper…and I wanted to both thank the paper as well as show it off right here….
As you can see, the notice is small…and yeah we’d have loved something bigger and better but hey there’s this sporting thingy going on over in England I hear and then a Presidential election south of the border…so I guess space is at a premium, eh! But thanks Spec….for the mention!
Last thing today….before I go and gas up and hit the road…just wanted to say a big KUDOS to our Canadian Olympic athletes and that I hope that you all do well in your various competitions and races….nothing better than the smile one gets when I hear O Canada in the medal ceremonies, eh!
Back mid week so enjoy one and all…
It’s about time I blogged on this – the fact that when you ask any entrepreneur, startup founder, C-level exec “how you doing?” the answer is usually the same! Busy! Crazy busy! Too too busy! Not enough hours in the day type of answer…and there’s the rub! Are you – are we – all too too busy?
Here’s what I’d like you to think about….being an entrepreneur is about the best/coolest/finest thing that could ever happen to a human being in my world. The creation of a new idea….the nurturing of same….the building of the basic framework of your company…the search for advisors and mentors and counsel from same…the first MVP (minimum viable product) for the marketplace…the customer validation and initial wedge into their consciousness…and then the pivots that come from all of these items. It takes time. It takes focus…and perhaps most importantly, it eats up your life.
Okay, you’ve most likely heard tons of stories about how some app developers on either the iOS or Android or even the RIM platform have made tons of money, bought the Maserati and retired to the beach on Nevis….and you’re figuring that this may just be the biz model to clone and follow.
For those of you who don’t know our local Hamilton Spectator and our business community, it might come as a surprise to you that in last Saturday’s paper, our own Nick Bontis’s column entitled “Bontis on Business” he covered our own Snappay mobile POS app! And we’re chuffed!
Dr. Nick Bontis is one of the world’s leading experts on intellectual capital and is a tenured Professor at McMaster University and writes a weekly Hamilton Spectator column on business that covers much of both the international business scene and yes, our local one too! And a short disclaimer that yes, I’m the CMO of Snappay and a proud member of the management team too!
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.