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.
  • Deets.me – 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.