Our first Bootup Demo Days took place yesterday, January 28 at the Hyatt in Vancouver. Danny Robinson, kicked the event off with a brief background on Bootup Labs and the Seed Fund/Accelerator options available to early stage Internet entrepreneurs. (Oh, how I wish I had the option of applying at Bootup Labs or Techstars when I started my first company but that is an entirely different post! )
The companies have spent the past month getting ready for Demo Days including one-on-one pitch prep with local mentors Dean Prelazzi of BCIC, Rizwan Kheraj of NRC/IRAP, Boris Wertz of W Media Ventures and Guy Kawasaki, Managing Director of Garage Ventures. So, when the founders finally took the stage yesterday – their pitches were tight.
Big shoutout to all of the mentors for their help and Guy Kawasaki for taking the time to fly up from CA to spend time with each company. I have seen Guy speak at events and online before but this time, I got to see him in action. AND it was awesome. He went through every pitch deck slide-by-slide. He reminded all of the presenters that they had 30 seconds… 30 seconds to explain the problem and the solution.
Oh, and cut out the BS. Keep it simple. In other words, if you have Monetization Engine or Performance Based like words in your presentation, DELETE.
With the support of IRAP and partners like BCIC, and Clark Wilson, we were successfully able to make Bootup Demo Days. Thanks for helping us grow the startup ecosystem here.
Next Stop => SFO
We are hitting the road for Demo Days in Silicon Valley next week. If you are an investor interested in attending Bootup Demo Days, you can sign up and join us at Plug & Play Tech Centre in Sunnyvale on February 3, 2010 at 9am.
On February 4, Sonia scheduled a tour of the Digg offices in the afternoon and is really hoping she gets to meet Kevin Rose.
February 5, there is a Startup Canadians in the Valley Meetup brewing at the Gallery Lounge in SF. More details to come.