Here are the demo teams and what they are building this weekend at Startup Weekend Thunder Bay January 15th, 2015!
Lean Textbooks is an online textbook exchange. Students upload their textbook list each semester, and they receive alerts when people post their textbooks for sale, as well as its proximity to you.
Textbook prices have increased 812% since 1978. This product disrupts this expensive aspect to university life.
It’s like Tinder for Textbooks.
Superior Thunder connects young learners with resources. It is an online community that provides youth a space where they can engage with resources for youth-led initiatives. These can include project sponsors, funders, mentors, organizations, and our elders.
It offers a collective voice in community pride.
A cloud storage unifier that unites all of your cloud storage accounts under one drive.
Free version lets you integrate two of your cloud storage services, preview documents, and has basic security.
Premium version lets you integrate more cloud storage services, has enhanced security, a mobile app, drive backup, data management services, sharing between services, and connecting multiple accounts.
No More Wires
A cell phone case that charges your cell phone via wireless transmission. Wireless power transmitter and receiver for cell phones.
BeABetterBlank is all about being a better person. Daily reminders are sent to your phone that will remind you to do things to be better at whatever you want to be. If you want to be a better husband, get creative reminders that will surprise your wife. Want to be a better athlete? Get alerts from an online community on how to reach your next goal.
myDeas is an idea organizer that unites all of your notes, audio, videos, and paint tool drawings under one smart phone app. A great tool for the creative professional, or the everyday user. Categorize and organize all of your content under one source via tagging. Share your files with friends or an online community. Free app for basic text recording, or pay 99 cents for all features (without advertising).
Converting notes to action. Domain experts can leverage the time invested in documentation to do more, faster, and in a measurable way. This desktop application mixes properties of programming languages with professional contextual information to allow the document to be read by computers so that they can take action. Users will store their thoughts in notes in an intelligent editor, and link these notes to the users suite of personal management tools, such as your calendar, email, schedule, forms or personal assistants
Un événement à saveur marocaine pour connecter des entrepreneurs locaux en vue de lancer des startups globales à l’ère du numérique.
Montréal, le 12 janvier 2015 — Lancer une startup en 54 heures, voilà le défi que propose de relever Startup Weekend Montréal, un concept unique pour apprendre dans l’action. Durant une fin de semaine, des développeurs, graphistes et gens d’affaires se rassemblent pour présenter et tester des idées d’entreprises, rencontrer des co-fondateurs potentiels, construire une communauté d’entrepreneurs à Montréal et lancer des startups. La septième édition de Startup Weekend Montréal aura lieu du 23 au 25 janvier 2015 au Centre Culturel du Royaume du Maroc-Dar Al Maghrib.
Au programme, les participants auront le défi de présenter leur idée de startup pendant 60 secondes. Par la suite, des équipes se formeront autour des meilleures idées pour les développer et les concrétiser au cours du weekend. Pour épauler les équipes, des mentors seront présents afin d’apporter leurs expertises et d’accompagner les équipes tout au long du processus. Les projets seront soumis à l’évaluation d’un jury qui récompensera les trois meilleures idées d’entreprises présentant le plus fort potentiel de réussite. Cette récompense permettra aux équipes gagnantes de continuer à développer leur startup après l’événement.
Ce Startup Weekend sera marqué par le visage cosmopolite de Montréal. Initié et organisé par des marocains, cet événement se veut rassembleur et ouvert sur le monde. Il permettra de mettre en relation les différentes communautés de Montréal en vue de créer des entreprises globales. Il aura lieu au Centre Culturel du Royaume du Maroc-Dar Al Maghrib, un espace qui met en valeur le patrimoine culturel marocain.
Cet événement est rendu possible grâce à différents commanditaires, dont la Banque Toronto-Dominion (TD), le Forum des Compétences Marocaines Résidant au Canada (FCMRC), la Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) de Montréal et bien d’autres.À propos de Startup Weekend Fondé en 2007 par Andrew Hyde, Startup Weekend est un organisme à but non lucratif dont le siège se situe à Seattle aux États-Unis. Il soutient un mouvement entrepreneurial de leaders dans différentes communautés à travers le monde. Plus de 672 événements Startup Weekend ont eu lieu dans le monde entier, dans 300 villes de 100 pays différents, de la Mongolie au Canada, en passant par le Maroc et le Brésil.
À propos du Centre Culturel du Royaume du Maroc – Dar Al Maghrib
Située à l’angle des rues Berri et Viger, le Centre Culturel du Royaume du Maroc-Dar Al Maghrib est un lieu d’échanges et de partage. Il abrite plusieurs espaces – médiathèque, salle multifonctionnelle, salle d’exposition, école de langues. Il a pour mission de renforcer les liens entre le Maroc et le Canada en faisant la promotion de la culture marocaine.
Dates de l’événement Startup Weekend Montréal : les 23, 24 et 25 janvier 2015
Site Web: http://bit.ly/swmontreal
Ouverture des portes : le vendredi 23 janvier à 17h00
Lieu : Centre Culturel du Royaume du Maroc-Dar Al Maghrib
Adresse : 515, avenue Viger, Montréal, Qc, H2L 3Y3
Tarif : 99 $ (repas inclus)
Inscriptions en ligne : http://bit.ly/swminscriptions
Let’s get this show on the road!
Yes, we have a venue in the works but we can’t announce it officially yet. Here’s a hint.
This week, we heard from Rackforce Cloud Video that they will be joining us in Edmonton, like they did in Calgary. We’re looking forward to working with Randall and Kevin again as they stream pitches live, and capture and store video throughout the weekend. Rackforce is an amazing sponsor that sends these two awesome guys to Edmonton from Kelowna for the whole weekend at no cost to us. A huge shout out to Rackforce for their continued support of Startup Weekend EDU!
Over the upcoming weeks, we will spend a lot of time on e-mail and phone, connecting with experienced designers, developers and entrepreneurs and asking them to spend part of their weekend volunteering to coach our participants. Coaches are critical to a great Startup Weekend. If you are an experienced designer, developer or entrepreneur and would like to give back to youth, educators and budding entrepreneurs, please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. A special shout out to our very first volunteer coach, Brad Gaulin, CEO at GoMentr.com.
It takes a village…
There are a lot of amazing people in Edmonton who volunteer their time to making this a great place to live, work and play. I want to acknowledge the organizing team, volunteer mentors and incredible volunteer speakers who are involved with TEDx Youth@Edmonton. I spent a couple of hours with that amazing group last week. With people like this doing what they’re doing, the future of this city is bright.
Startup Weekend Montréal souhaite remercier le Forum des Compétences Marocaines Résidant au Canada (FCMRC) pour sa contribution et son soutien à l’évènement. Le FCMRC est un regroupement de professionnels marocains résidant au Canada qui a pour mission de consolider et de créer les liens entre les différents acteurs du Maroc et du Canada.
Pour cette nouvelle édition de Startup Weekend Montréal, nous sommes fières d’annoncer que la Banque Toronto-Dominion (TD) est le partenaire signature de l’évènement. Nous tenons à remercier la Banque TD pour sa contribution afin de soutenir le mouvement entrepreneurial à Montréal et de nous permettre de faire du Startup Weekend Montréal 2015 un succès. De plus, pour l’évènement, nous aurons l’honneur d’accueillir un représentant de la Banque TD qui fera parti du jury pour les pitches finaux.
In case you missed our mass tweeting yesterday or haven’t picked up from the headline of this post, ConceptKicker has just beat out the world at Global Startup Battle 2014! It was announced yesterday via this blog post and we couldn’t be happier about the news!
About Global Startup Battle
Global Startup Battle (GSB), is a global event during Global Entrepreneurship Week in which startups that competed in Startup Weekends from around the world compete to show they are the best new idea and win an amazing basket of prizes. It’s the biggest startup competition where over 25,000 entrepreneurs from 83 countries came together to fight for the title.
There are 5 different tracks that the teams could enter, each with their own requirements and rules. The most important one though was the Champions Track. This was an exclusive track only available to those teams who had placed in the top 3 at their local Startup Weekend. It’s the track where we find out who is the best of the best.
The Road to Victory
The battle lasted for two weeks and happened in phases. The first phase required teams to win their regions. For ConceptKicker, this was the US West/Canada region — competing against startups from cities like San Francisco and Toronto (home of last year’s winning team).
To win the region required gathering votes. A lot of votes. ConceptKicker rallied hard though, utilizing social media, personal networks, and anything else they could to get the word out. To their success, all the hard work paid off and they were able to make it into the top two spots needed to make it into the finals.
The finals were to be decided very differently though. This time they were being judged by the experts on the merits of their startup. You know, experts like Daymond John (Shark Tank), Nas (Music Icon & Tech Investor), Dan Martell (Clarity), Chris Hollod (A-Grade Investments), and Lesa Mitchell (Network for Scale). So we waited for the judges to review and announce their decision. That is until yesterday when we finally heard that our Vancouver-based startup, ConceptKicker, was the big winner of Global Startup Battle 2014!!
Excuse me while I cheer uncontrollably for a minute… “WOOHOO!!!!”
Belief in Their Idea
Perhaps the most inspirational story about ConceptKicker is how they came to be. For anyone in the startup world, you always hear sayings like “if you believe in your idea, don’t give up — even if others tell you it’ll never happen or that it will fail”. This is exactly what happened with ConceptKicker at Startup Weekend Vancouver.
On the Friday of the weekend, everyone pitches their idea and then the participants vote on which ideas they liked and wanted to work on for the weekend. The top voted ideas then get teams formed around them. We tell everyone that if your idea isn’t picked that it doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea but to join one of the other ideas voted in or, if they can recruit enough people on their idea, then they can still form their team. Usually if you’re not voted in, it’s pretty hard to get support and build a team.
Tony, who pitched the idea of ConceptKicker, was pretty bummed that his idea wasn’t one of the top 15 ideas voted on. I remember him coming to me and asking if he could still build his idea. We understood his determination and told him that if he could get at least another 3 people behind his idea that we’d let him build on it for the weekend.
Tony struggled for a while and had trouble recruiting a team as people were more interested in the other ‘popular’ ideas. However, eventually, he got his small team and so we let him build. And build they did. In fact, between Friday evening and Saturday morning he was able to recruit a team of 9 talented people who would then go on to win Startup Weekend Vancouver — and now Global Startup Battle.
It’s inspiring to think about the determination, persistence, and belief Tony had in his idea. Too many entrepreneurs give up when others tell them “no” or when things get tough. While ConceptKicker is only at the beginning of their already very successful journey, I look forward to seeing them demonstrate more of this entrepreneurial spirit and be an example for other aspiring entrepreneurs — in Vancouver and the world.
Congratulations guys! You’ve worked hard and deserve all the success!
Startup Weekend Vancouver was an action packed weekend to say the least. There were lots of great ideas, inspiring moments, and many lost hours of sleep. However, even with the short timeline (Nov 14-16) to build out a company, it was awesome to see such great presentations and business ideas come out of the weekend.
After the 50 ideas from participants were pitched on Friday, everyone voted on their favorites and 15 ideas were picked to form teams. However, during the forming, one idea dissolved and another idea (ConceptKicker) formed – regardless of not being voted as a favorite. More on that in a moment.
Here is the line-up of the teams and ideas that were pitched to judges at the end of the weekend on Sunday:
The Winning Teams
The battle was fierce and so many of the ideas were great, well thought out, and presented well. The judges had a big task ahead of them to hand out our baskets of prizes.
The results of Startup Weekend Vancouver 2014 were as follows:
First Place: ConceptKicker
Runner-up: My Green Space
Third Place: Votely
Best “Purpose-Driven Idea” (Sponsored by Spring.is): Votely
Best Decentralized Idea (Sponsored by Vancouver Bitcoin Community): Reband
The most amazing and inspirational story of the weekend though had to come from ConceptKicker. Despite being told “No” because the idea was not voted as a favorite on the Friday, Tony Yang was determined to build out his idea. He persevered with his entrepreneurial attitude and was able to form a team. This team then would go on to win the weekend! It’s a complete underdog story but also a prime example of how you cannot give up on your dreams or your idea if you believe in it – even if no one else does.
Congrats to ConceptKicker and all the teams for an awesome weekend!
Weren’t able to make the event? Don’t worry!
Whether you were at the event or not, we have lots of pictures so you can feel like you were there (or relive the memories and experience)! Our full library of photos from the event is available for you to view, download, and share!
Written by TD Bank Group
Banks — careful, steady, conservative. Tech startups — frenetic, disruptive, edgy.
Can two such seemingly different cultures get along? TD Bank Financial Group thinks so.
“TD is proud of its strong culture of innovation,” says Jeff Martin, senior vice-president and chief information officer, direct channels technology solutions “We are continually looking for opportunities to improve our products, services and ultimately our customer experience.”
TD knows a thing or two about building businesses and balancing risk and growth. It has worked with entrepreneurs for 160 years, which is why its involvement in Startup Weekend Nov. 14-16 in five Canadian cities — Vancouver, Quebec City, Fredericton, Halifax and St. John’s — is such a great fit.
Held around the world, Startup Weekends bring together entrepreneurs for 54 hours of intense business development that concludes with a pitch to a panel of experienced executives. As part of its sponsorship, TD has a panelist in each of these five cities.
To kick off Startup Weekend, Jeff Martin talks about banking and startup cultures; and why Startup Weekend is such a fantastic opportunity for both.
Why is TD a Startup weekend sponsor?
TD has always encouraged innovation that will benefit banking and our customers. This forum is a great way to connect with the community and hear a lot of different ideas. We’re attracted to the high-energy/ high creativity environment – which is what Startup Weekend offers: a way to tap into that creativity to find ideas we may have not thought of using traditional methods.
What are some of the customer trends in banking that drive the interest in ideas at the startup level?
The biggest trend is mobilization. Take mobile deposit as an example. We just launched this capability at TD, and have already seen over 115,000 cheques deposited this way in just two weeks.
Startup Weekends give you a front seat on some really smart ideas from some really smart people. What do you think startup entrepreneurs can learn from TD?
Historically, startups had to go through a very long on-boarding process. Now we can work with them, to help them understand the needs of a bank while they mature that product more quickly, so we can launch it when customers are ready.
I think the biggest thing the bank can offer is perspective. . . on what we think is important to bring to market, and the attributes of what they’re doing that we think are viable in our industry . . . They will definitely get value from working with a 160-year-old company that has gone through a lot of change, and is very stable and thoughtful about what it does.
What would you tell an entrepreneur about preparing for the Startup Weekend experience?
They should rest-up, and come with ideas that are well-formed, with an action plan about how to escalate them quickly. Always think about what’s in it for the customer. How does this benefit people? If they are always thinking about the benefit to the end-user, it will help to create viable products. That customer may be the bank; but ultimately, it is the bank serving its customers.
There is so much technology advancement happening today, I wouldn’t put limits around what we want to achieve. People are always inventing new ways to make banking more comfortable. We’re not at the end of it, that’s for sure
Thank you to all of the volunteers, mentor and judges,Startup Weekend Toronto would not have been possible without you!
A list of mentors and judges is provided below. If you are on this list, want something edited or deleted, or we have inadvertently missed someone, please let us know and we’ll fix it. We have tried to include Twitter handles (@name), LinkedIn profiles, and other ways to connect but please do not spam them with unsolicited communications.
All of our participants benefit from your guidance and wise words of advice during the weekend. Your feedback was incorporated into the final products and pitches. We hope that you enjoyed mentoring Toronto’s future entrepreneurs.
Jason Pereira, Partner and Financial Consultant at Bennett March, www.linkedin.com/in/pereirajm
Rob Maurin, VP Brand Engagement at Wave, @robmaurin
Jason Moyse, Lawyer, www.linkedin.com/in/jasonmoyse, @jasonmoyse
Andrés Aquino, Partner at TWG, www.linkedin.com/in/andresaquino1, @eh_eh
Jay Vidyarthi, Senior Interaction Designer at InteraXon, www.jayvidyarthi.com, @jayvidyarthi, http://www.linkedin.com/in/jayvidyarthi”
Inbae Ahn, Managing Partner, CIO at Polyform Labs, ca.linkedin.com/in/inbae
Kristina Libby, @kristinalibby, www.linkedin.com/in/kristinalibby/
Rosy Rumpal Startup Lawyer at DMZ, Fashion Zone & The Lean Lawyer, ca.linkedin.com/in/rosyrumpal
Daryna Kulya, Manager, Digital Innovation Lab at Deloitte, ca.linkedin.com/in/darynakulya/, @darynakulya
Marco Petkovski, Measurement & Analytics Lead at Teehan+Lax, www.linkedin.com/pub/marco-petkovski/23/abb/ab
Katie Hrycak, UX Designer at Wave, @khrycak
Mark Appleby, UX/Front-End Developer at TWG, @themarkappleby, ca.linkedin.com/in/themarkappleby/
Mike Lovas, Chief Design Officer and Co-Founder of PUSH, trainwithPUSH.com, @mlovas, ca.linkedin.com/in/mlovas/
Robert Tu, Founder, MeU: Open Source Wearable LED Display, theMeU.net, @the_MeU_LED, ca.linkedin.com/in/robert1tu3
John Grant, Senior Mobile Developer at The Working Group, ca.linkedin.com/pub/john-grant/19/263/146/, @grantjk, www.grantjk.com
Dan Langer, Developer Team Lead at Wave, email@example.com, @dlanger, www.linkedin.com/in/daniellanger
Zak Homuth, Co-Founder & CEO at Upverter, @zakhomuth, zakhomuth.com, www.linkedin.com/in/zakhomuth
Michael Woodworth, Co-founder at Upverter, @mwoodworth33, ca.linkedin.com/in/michaelwoodworth1
Robleh Jama, Tiny Hearts, www.tinyhearts.com, @robjama, www.linkedin.com/in/robjama
Rajen Sanghvi, COO @Shoplocket and The BluePrint, ca.linkedin.com/in/rajensanghvi, @RajenSanghvi, rajensanghvi.com
Bing Lin Senior, Project Manager at AutoDesk, www.linkedin.com/in/binglin
Nick Kuhne, iOS developer, ca.linkedin.com/pub/nick-kuhne/a9/259/597
Anna Romanovska, User Experience Designer at Autodesk, ca.linkedin.com/pub/anna-romanovska/16/185/548
Jeremy Bell, Co-founder & CEO at Wattage, @jeremybell, www.linkedin.com/in/jeremybell, www.wattage.io
Jay Lorencz, Director of Client Services at Beyond Marketing Group, ca.linkedin.com/pub/jay-lorencz/2/883/53b, www.beyondmg.com
Mark Goh, Founder and CEO at ChargeSpot, www.linkedin.com/in/gohmark, @charge_spot
Mauricio Meza, Business Development at Komodo OpenLab , @sqr_m, ca.linkedin.com/in/mezamauricio/
Heather Tay, Interim Executive Director at Imagination Catalyst, OCAD, www.linkedin.com/in/heathertay, @hdatay
Calvin Chu, Founder at Palette, www.palettegear.com, @palettegear, @cchurun, ca.linkedin.com/in/calvinjchu
Shannon Fox, Co-Founder at Canopy.co, @shanndfox, ca.linkedin.com/in/shannondfox
Daniel Kaplan, Co-Founder, Canopy.co, @okaykap, ca.linkedin.com/pub/daniel-kaplan/3b/38/953, danielkaplan.co
We were honoured to have such an experienced group of Internet of Things builders, entrepreneurs and investors. Thanks for gracefully choosing the winners, which was really difficult given the talented teams who presented.
Natasha Baker, Founder at SnapEDA, @NatashaABaker, @Snap_EDA, www.snapeda.com, linkedin.com/in/natashaabaker
Matthew Leibowitz, Parter at Plazacorp , @m_leibowitz, ca.linkedin.com/in/matthewleibowitz/
Karl Martin, CEO at Bionym, @KarlTheMartian, ca.linkedin.com/in/karlmartin0
Ian Collins, Founder and CEO at CrowdCare, @Wyrex95, ca.linkedin.com/in/wyrex
An enormous thank you to the incredible teams, volunteers, mentors, judges, sponsors, participants, and everyone who made the 6th Startup Weekend Ottawa: Change the Ratio a big success.
Congratulations to all of the teams who worked so hard over the weekend!
Here are the winning teams:
Okie! – Revolutionizing the Karaoke night experience in one fun and easy to use app. Search, select, and queue songs without leaving your seat.
Handshake – No need to bring or receive business cards anymore. Just shake hands and exchange contact information!
Guía – Platform connecting travelers with locals providing Specialized experiences
Best of luck to all of the teams that have applied to the Global Startup Battle! We look forward to watching teams who continue on progress and succeed!
See you in the Spring!