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Friday evening kicked off with a bang as people began to register and pick up their Startup Weekend SWAG bags. After pizza dinner and a photo booth session for their personalized Future CEO notebooks, participants made their way to the Main Auditorium. A warm Welcome from Pam Banks (RIC Centre) and Crystal Bennett (Sheridan College) was followed by our keynote address. Darrell Keezer from Candybox Marketing Inc. told us about his entrepreneurial journey. Next, Startup Facilitator, Tammy Hwang gave us an overview of the weekend and emphasized on how to “PIVOT”!! After an insightful presentation on IP and how it brings value to your business by Stephen Beney from Bereskin&Parr, the Pitchfire began. The audience then voted for the top 8 ideas followed by team formation. View more photos
Our Saturday morning kicked off with all the 10 companies getting straight down to developing their business. As the day went by, we had over 20 coaches work with our entrepreneurs to help them along their road to commercialization. Tim Scott, from Peer Point Consulting, talked about the importance of a value proposition and what sets each business apart from the rest. Manie Eager, from Openaxyz, highlighted the importance of a user and customer in business. You may have a great idea, but if no one is willing to pay for it, you got nothing! Gurminder Kandola, CTO of Fusenet then spoke about the importance of a developing, testing, and validating your prototype. Chris Herbert from Silicon Halton talked about the importance of marketing in growing your business.
Over a hot pasta lunch, Alex Peters and Rohan M from SMARTeacher, one of RIC’s very own clients, shared their experiences entrepreneurs and all the challenges they have come across. Axel Kuhn from E-path then spoke to the ample amount of market research available to all entrepreneurs online known as big data. He recommends entrepreneurs use online tools such as Google AdWords, industry analysis, and traffic analysis tools such as Compete and Seomoz. Jason Lavigne from Connect2Fans addressed the importance of UAT – User Acceptance Testing. Tip of the day: “Innovation comes in knowing when your users are wrong!” Last but not least, Andrew Maxwell from Canadian Innovation Centre, shared his top 10 tips on what to avoid when giving an investor pitch. More Photos
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