Metabridge is a tech event created by Steve Wandler, an entrepreneur, who returned to Kelowna after his company YourTechOnline.com was acquired by Support.com in CA. Appreciating and understanding how the right connections can make a world of difference in the life of a startup, Steve created Metabridge to connect entrepreneurs in BC with key players in the Bay Area.
We believe there is no better setting in Canada then golf in the middle of a vineyard over looking Okanagan lake, sipping on a glass of wine in 30 degree weather. This lures key executives to British Columbia to meet with some of the best startups in the Province.
Last June, I was invited to the first Metabridge tech event in Kelowna, BC.
With it’s beautiful vineyards, large, deep lakes and all that sun, I don’t know why I had not visited the Okanagan before Metabridge 2009. Perhaps starting a company had kept me chained to my desk for too long? In any case, I jumped at the chance to take a break from the office to connect with other entrepreneurs and mentors in real time. On top of the amazing setting, round of golf and lovely boat ride on Okanagan Lake, I was able to spend some quality time with Dale Fuller of Moka 5, Ethan Anderson – Founder of Red Beacon, the Founders of Rack Force and many other entrepreneurs and mentors at Metabridge 2009. I made some great connections and was really happy to be a part of it.
Metabridge is back!
Metabridge 2010 will take place on June 10-11. Wandler has invited 20 key executives from Silicon Valley to Kelowna for the next event including:
- Punit Minocha, VP of Corporate Development, Trend Micro
- Stephen Beamish, Sr VP Bus Dev & Strategic Alliances, Mitel Corp
- Dan Scholnick, Partner – Trinity Ventures
- Tim Majarin, Sr. Columnist, PC Magazine
- Jeremy Geiger, CEO RetaiLigence
- Sam Odio, Founder of Divvyshot, Acquired by Facebook
- Jim Curry, VP Corporate Dev, Rack Space
You can check out the schedule and register here.
We know what it is like to be on a budget! So, if there is enough interest, BES will look into a startup bus to drive us from Vancouver to Kelowna June 9 returning June 12. We can practice our pitch and get to know other entrepreneurs in the community on the way to and from Kelowna. In addition, BES will look for Hotel deals for all of us. If you are a startup, who is interested in attending, you can email me directly maura [at] bootup.ca or sonia [at] bootup.ca and we will see if we can get you a package deal.
For more information and photos, check out Metabridge.ca and join their Facebook Page for updates.