Bootup Names Boris Wertz as New Chairman

Maura Rodgers, Danny Robinson, Dave Shea, and Boris Wertz. Photo Credit: Raul Pacheco, #LPV5

The Bootup (BES) board is filled with entrepreneurs and investors, who are committed to helping the Vancouver startup ecosystem grow and thrive including Danny Robinson. Danny has acted as Chairman of the BES board since our very first meeting and has done an amazing job helping us stay true to our mission to inspire and support Canadian Internet entrepreneurs.

Over the past two years, Danny has invested in 10 new Internet companies (8 via Bootup Labs), co-founded BES and Launch Party Vancouver with me and mentored many other startups. I have known Danny a long time both professionally and personally. But anyone, who has seen Danny interact with startup founders can easily see that rolling up his sleeves and working with entrepreneurs is the thing he loves the most about his job. It’s truly inspiring to watch a founder(s) Danny has worked with take an idea, get traction and go on to build a great company.

As of today, Danny is leaving Bootup to become the new CEO of BCIC. Board member Boris Wertz of W Media Ventures has accepted the role as BES’ new Chairman. Like Danny, Boris is incredibly passionate about entrepreneurship and has invested a lot of his time and money into Vancouver’s startup ecosystem. We are really excited to have Boris step up as Chairman to build on what Danny has started. In addition, Jeff Magnusson has joined me as the interim COO at Bootup to help roll out our plan for a cool new space for Founders, which we will be sharing more details about very soon.

Thank you, Danny for sharing your knowledge and passion with us. We will miss you around here but are incredibly excited that you will be able to continue your work at BCIC. We think they are pretty darn lucky to have you and wish you all the best in your new role.

More good things to come in 2011!

Maura Rodgers, Danny Robinson, Dave Shea and Boris Wertz – Photo Credit: Raul Pacheco, #LPV5″
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This Week in Tech events – April 6- 10, 2010

I hope everyone had a relaxing Easter break because this week is a busy one for tech events in the city. Better clone yourself as there are a bunch of events on Tuesday evening alone worth checking out.

Startup Drinks

  • Tuesday, April 6
  • 6:00pm
  • On the Edge Pub – 303 Columbia St., Vancouver
  • Free

Media Leaders Meetup

  • Tuesday, April 6
  • 6:00pm
  • Granville Room – 957 Granville St., Vancouver
  • $12.89 per ticket

F5 Expo Tweetup

  • Tuesday, April 6
  • 7:00pm
  • Ceili’s Irish Pub – 670 Smithe St., Vancouver
  • Free

F5 Expo

  • Wednesday, April 7
  • 8:30am
  • Vancouver Convention Centre EAST WING – 999 Canada Place
  • Tickets start at $30

Miss 604 – Blogging to Drive Business Book Signing

  • Saturday, April 10
  • 10am – 1pm
  • London Drugs – 710 Granville St. (Downstairs), Vancouver
  • Free

If we’ve missed an event, please add it below as a comment.

Upcoming Bootup Events
If you would like to be notified of upcoming Bootup only events, please sign-up. You can choose what type of events you want to be notified about from networking to investment pitch opportunities.  We’ll email you several weeks before events to let you know about registration deadlines and other important dates.

Jan 2010 Bootup Demo Days Companies Selected

Congratulations to the companies selected to participate in the Bootup Demo Days. All companies will present at the Canadian Financing Forum on January 28th, and again at a special event at the Plug and Play Tech Centre in Silicon Valley on February 3rd.

  • Coincidence Labs: a stealth social commerce platform, with Giftolicious being the first platform app
  • Mobify: a hosted platform for publishers to provide mobile views of their content
  • Strutta: a hosted promotion platform that makes for easy online contests
  • Unbounce: self-serve hosted landing pages with A/B testing and no developers required

The selected companies will give 10 minute investment presentations in front of angel and early stage investors, and will be joined by the 2009 graduating class from the Bootup Labs portfolio.

Are you an investor interested in attending or a member of the press wanting to cover the event? Please sign up to attend »

Companies and entrepreneurs interested in future opportunities like this, make sure you are subscribed to the Bootup Startup Event Notification List.

New Year, New Office

As some of you may know the folks at Bootup Labs, Bootup Entrepreneurial Society and Strutta spent last weekend moving to our new digs, quite fine digs if I say so myself.

2010 is starting to smell really good as our new office is equipped with a full kitchen where resident foodie Boris Mann has already started to whip us up some delicious Bacon & Egger sandwiches and pizza!

Here’s a short video Jordan and I created touring our new office.

Come on by and visit us at our new office for a tour. I might even whip you up some butter chicken!

*Post written by Sonia*

Bootup Demo Days Announced

The Bootup Entrepreneurial Society is teaming up with Bootup Labs, in partnership with BCIC to host the first Bootup Demo Days event.

Demo Days is a pre-paid, 2-part, pitch event, for 10 early stage BC start-ups, who are ready to pitch their company to an audience of sophisticated pre-screened investors. Part 1 will be in Vancouver, and part 2 will be in Silicon Valley.  In addition to the 5 portfolio companies from Bootup Labs, a BES advisory panel will review and select 5 additional digital media companies from BC.

Part 1 – Vancouver Demo Days – January 28th, 2010
We’re partnering with the Canadian Financing Forum to integrate our Demo Days event within the Financing Forum schedule. The Canadian Financing Forum will be taking place on January 28th, 2010, and has two presenting streams; Information Technology and Cleantech.  Bootup will be running a dedicated track for early stage digital media companies in the afternoon from 1:30-4:30pm, followed by a joint reception with the Canadian Financing Forum.  Qualified investors who are only interested in attending the Bootup track, may register free of charge.

Part 2 – Silicon Valley Demo Days – February 3, 2010
On February 3, Bootup will be hitting the road and heading to Silicon Valley with the same 10 companies that presented in Vancouver.  This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to showcase our best companies in front of world-class VC and Angel investors.  We will be releasing the list of RSVP investors to the selected companies as we get them.

Company Selection Process
Digital Media companies that are interested in this opportunity need to complete our online application form by December 23, 2009.  To be eligible, companies must have already received an initial seed investment of at least $30K.  All applications will be reviewed by our Selection Panel.

<< —  COMPANIES APPLY HERE  — >>

The package includes one-on-one pitch prep with local mentors, accommodations and airfare from YVR to SFO, and introductions to local and International investors.

Investor Only Event
The Bootup Demo Days event is open, free of charge, to interested Investors, participating companies and press.  Investors are asked to register for the Bootup Demo Days Event.  Investors are also encouraged to also register to attend the Canadian Financing Forum in the morning.

<< —  INVESTORS APPLY HERE  — >>

Coworking @ BOB

Andrew got in touch to tell us that Building Opportunities with Business (BOB) is opening up their space for co-working:

From their business development page:

To further our mission we would like to make available to select partners, individuals, and businesses the main floor of 163 East Pender Street. We hope that this open shared work space can contribute to the revitalization of the inner-city by providing a space for creative professionals to flourish, for ideas to percolate, to cross pollinate, for businesses to grow, a place where stuff gets done.

What we’re offering is a work surface, be it a desk, a chair, a table, a couch, or the bay window, wherever you’re most comfortable. Of course we’ll offer wi-fi and other niceties such as an electronic white board and a projector to facilitate discussion and creative thinking. There’s a fridge for your food, a microwave, filtered water cooler, and secure storage for your bike. The price is a flat $200 per month and includes keyless access.

We’re looking for creative professionals, progressive thinkers, the socially responsible and ecologically conscious who want to be surrounded by others of like mind. Folks who want more than a cubicle and a 9 to 5 and dream of bigger things and a better Vancouver to call home. If this sounds like you, contact Andrew “Muskie” McKay 778-328-7672 or write coworking@bobics.org

They’re looking for people to get in touch if they’re interested in the space, and hope to be up and running by late November.

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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