Bootup makes pitching free at Fusion Forum

We’re very happy to announce that we worked with New Media BC and NRC-IRAP to bring down the costs for the upcoming Fusion Forum. It’s now $100 for all participants, plus two days of mentoring for entrepreneurs.

Company registration goes until this Friday, so apply now. Investors and members of the public are also welcome to attend, and can register here.

We’re excited about the great speaker lineup, and looking forward to seeing lots of great pitches and great discussions on investment in the digital media space.
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Office hours with Rogers Ventures

I’m still recovering from a very long but very satisfying day yesterday – from the BC Demo Days event that started first thing in the morning, to the dinner with Rogers Ventures that didn’t end until midnight.

The message we sent out to our Startup Notification List had our offices filled with companies giving 10 minute pitches / talks to Mike Lee. Here are the companies that made it through the door:

It was a fun afternoon talking with everyone in the waiting area, and I think the companies all made a good impression (even though Mike was pretty tired after his long day). Some videos from DemoCamp Vancouver 09 will be up early next week. Have a great weekend!

Presenting companies at DemoCamp, including Rogers Ventures and Tim Bray

The big news in funding in Canada this week is the official announcement of the launch of Rogers Ventures. You can read long posts at StartupNorth and Techvibes which go into more detail.

Mike Lee, the VP of New Ventures at Rogers, will be presenting at DemoCamp 9. You’ll get an opportunity to hear what Rogers’ plans are to work with and support tech ecosystems across the country, and what their investment plans are. I’m hoping for a lively Q&A as well.

The second featured presentation will be Tim Bray. Tim is a technologist with a long history of being involved in interesting things. Although he’s based in Vancouver, he spends a lot of his time traveling and presenting around the world.

The presenting companies have been selected and are as follows:

  • Recotype – Recotype is an open framework for requesting and receiving recommendations on Twitter
  • Yummy Republic – a wireless platform to link take-out restaurants with internet to enable them receive online orders and send back confirmation to customer instantly. YummyRepublic includes bespoke GPRS terminals, and several servers to control those terminals.
  • Troovy – a web and mobile-based local discovery platform. Users find recommended places and people based on their own travel and feedback patterns.
  • – cloudy contacts
  • Layerboom – Layerboom provides hosting companies with a comprehensive software
    platform which gives them the ability to turn their dedicated servers into virtual private server clouds.

In other news, after we made the call for people to help with DemoCamp, Vince Hodges of Sourdough Labs / Chipped.In / Pennyminder stepped up and said that he is going to help. Thanks, Vince!

Anyone else want to help plan / produce / source startups for DemoCamp? Leave a comment, we’ll do the next one in late November.

Connect 09 and Demo Camp Vancouver

It’s October, and the events are ramping up again. We’re taking applications for the next Launch Party (in early December) and there are a handful of great events coming up.

Connect 09 is the aiming to be the biggest gathering of the technology industry, and is being hosted by the BC Innovation Council on October 19th. They’ve just opened up a CrowdVine-powered networking site so you can connect with attendees ahead of time. We’ve found it a useful tool in the past when we’ve used it at Launch Party. If you’ve signed up for one of the previous Launch Party networks, you can sign in with the same email/password to join the Connect 09 Network. You can register and buy tickets here:

DemoCamp Vancouver is coming up later the same week on October 22nd. We’re going to hold it at our old favourite standby, the atrium space next to the private Steamworks lounge at 375 Water Street. There will be a handful of featured presentations, and we’re looking for a few more 6 minute presentations to round out the evening. There is no charge for the event, but please register to indicate attendance. In particular, if you want to give a presentation, sign up for a “Pitch Presenter” ticket with a description of the pitch you want to give.

We’ll be having some out of town guests give presentations on a variety of things, including an announcement of some new funding sources for startups in Canada.

As always, if you want to be notified of major events and applications, subscribe to the Startup Events notification list, or check the list on Upcoming at Want your event shared? Add it to Upcoming!