Mentor Speed Dating Recap

Lyal Avery of Outcome3 was one of the mentors at yesterday mornings first Mentor Speed Dating event. His recap is below, as well as posted on Techvibes.

I think we can count this first event as a success, and we’ll be doing more of them. In the mean time, head over to mentors.bootup.ca to continue the discussion. If you’re a mentor or a company, sign up and add your profile, and feel free to connect with people directly. Just because there isn’t an active event doesn’t mean you can’t reach out online.

This was also the first event that was community suggested AND organized. Have an idea for an event? Head over to wantit.bootup.ca and add your suggestion.


This morning, Bootup Entrepreneurial Society had their first Mentor Speed Dating event. Graciously hosted by Clark Wilson, LLP, the event took place at the ungodly hour of 7:30am… although the finance guys and lawyers seemed to think it was a late start, us technology folk weren’t nearly as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Plenty of coffee and food to be had more than perked me up though (a big thank you to the Clark Wilson folks for that!)

Ten Mentors were on one side of the table, with about thirty visiting entrepreneurs from fifteen companies looking for wisdom. As one of the ten mentors, it was really thrilling for me to see so many early startups looking to showcase their five-minute pitch.

The particular entrepreneurs will give a much better version, but the 140-character summary pitch of the companies I had a chance to speak with are:

  • Scallable – A quality/location/other-metric based brokerage system for medium-sized VOIP providers.
  • CompassEngine – A geolocation platform service for mobile developers in the gaming space.
  • FoodTree – A directory service providing point of purchase information on the ethics and other consideration of food providers.
  • InnovationCamp – A consulting service providing guidance and training in the area of personal expertise for departments in business organizations.
  • Viira – A Getting Things Done consolidation application for the Blackberry, spanning projects through contact management.
  • SpottedDoing – A middleware component for mobile cause marketing.
  • ReadFu – A link preview system to provide a summary of a link’s destination on roll over without having to leave the linking page.
  • Redrovr – Helps artists and speakers book more gigs by connecting them directly with their audiences through an auction system.
  • Contextual Search Inc – An innovative search model that “brings the content to you.”
  • Bitmain Studios – Pointkit is half Unfuddle, half Freshbooks – a project management tool with invoicing built in.

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I didn’t have a chance to meet with all of the entrepreneurs, but if they were anything like the eleven I did get to meet with, I’m sure they were fantastic.

Overall, the event was a huge success. I believe the structure as presented was really clear – particularly the overall session question of “What are the 3 things you need help with.” Both the mentors and potential mentees I surveyed after-wards had a fantastic time. The good news is that this event will likely be happening again in a few months. In the interim, there’s a social networking site built around the topic that is anything but static. If you’re a mentor looking to talk to early stage entrepreneurs, or a founder looking for business advice or support, register at mentors.bootup.ca and start connecting!

This week in Tech Events – November 23-27, 2009

Michael Jonsson, Maura Rodgers, Rob Lewis

Michael Jonsson, Maura Rodgers, Rob Lewis

Before writing this post, I checked our Upcoming page and hopped on over to our media partner, Techvibes site to see if there were additional events of interest I should include. On the front page of Techvibes, I stumbled upon a similar post by Rob Lewis that sums up the week ahead nicely.  I added some ticket pricing, selected the events on our list and included it below for your convenience: (Thanks, Rob!)

New Media BC’s Vancouver iPhone Forum 2009

  • Tuesday, November 24th – 8:00am
  • BCIT Downtown Campus
  • $125 for members, $175 for non-members

Innovation Camp Round 2

  • Tuesday, November 24th – Saturday, November 28th
  • Kontent Creative
  • $149

26th Angel Forum

  • Tuesday, November 24th – 7:30am – 6:00pm
  • SFU Harbour Centre

Vancouver Enterprise Forum: An Evening with Mike McDerment

  • Tuesday, November 24th – 5:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Vancity Theatre
  • $45

How to Build a Wep App Business with Michael McDerment of FreshBooks

  • Wednesday, November 25th
  • V Lounge at Earl’s in Yaletown
  • Sold Out!

What Game Design can teach about Business Success

  • Wednesday, November 25th – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Vancouver Public Library
  • $50 for members of IIMA, $60 for non-members

BC Wireless Health Forum II

  • Thursday, November 26th
  • The Sutton Place Hotel
  • $40 for members of WinBC, $60 for non-members
Post your Event on Techvibes:
We are in the process of designing our new site and moving forward, we will be posting all of our events on Techvibes Events and Upcoming. We suggest you do the same.
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Have a great week!

Innovation Camp is Coming

An exciting new workshop called Innovation Camp is coming to Vancouver! Join us as we expand our creativity and innovation by participating in engaging activities and challenges designed to inspire your inner entrepreneur, without the boring lectures. Practice invaluable skills such as identifying opportunities, learning from failure, resourcefulness, collaborating with a team and adapting to changing environments. Connect with brilliant people like yourself and work together to build on great ideas and find innovative solutions.

At Innovation Camp you will:

  • learn techniques to view problems from fresh perspectives in order to identify opportunities
  • apply those techniques in entrepreneurial situations and reflected on what was learned in the process
  • receive clear, concise feedback on your ability to work as part of a team
  • analyze and learn from failures in your own and others lives
  • laugh and have fun!

Price: $75.00 CAD
Location: the beautiful Kontent Creative offices, 55 Water St, Vancouver, Canada
Dates and Times:

  • October 13, Tuesday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • October 15, Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • October 17, Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • October 19, Monday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm(16 hours total)

Register now or check out InnovationCamp.org for more details .

Please note that this event is not being put on by The Bootup Entrepreneurial Society though it’s definitely geared towards people who are excited by what BES is building.