Robert Herjavec of Dragons’ Den to Lead Judges Panel at Canadian Cloud Showdown

On March 11, 2013, The Canadian Cloud Council and Boast Capital will jointly host the Canadian Cloud Showdown at the Cloud Matters Conference in Banff.

Ten startups from across Canada will be selected to pitch to a panel of leading investors, entrepreneurs, industry analysts and media. Robert Herjavec, CEO of Herjavec Group and Star of CBC’s Dragons’ Den and ABC’s Shark Tank, will lead the judges.

The winner will take home a cash prize, three months of office space, and mentorship at the Plug and Play Tech Center and Canadian Consulate in Silicon Valley, plus media exposure.

“The Conference Board of Canada recently concluded that Canada’s rapidly declining global competitiveness ranking is a direct result of its weak innovation performance,” said Robert Hart, founder of the Canadian Cloud Council. “The development of a vibrant Canadian cloud ecosystem will not only enable and accelerate innovation, it will also provide a foundational framework for global technology exportation. The Canadian Cloud Showdown will showcase the country’s most innovative cloud technology startups and will shed some light on just how much potential Canada has in the field of cloud computing.”

Cloud Matters is The Canadian Cloud Council’s third national cloud conference. The Canadian Cloud Council says that it is the only Canadian national nonprofit association with a mandate of a”ccelerating cloud adoption and creating an open and collaborative Canadian cloud ecosystem.” Cloud Matters will challenge Canadian executives and cloud policy makers to come together and design an “actionable, urgent minded and executable plan to accelerate cloud adoption within their enterprise and to buy and invest in Canadian cloud services.”

Speakers include Chris Kemp, CEO of Nebula; Robin Bienfiat, CIO of Research in Motion; and Jeff Barr, Senior Director of Cloud Computing at Amazon Web Services.

“Showdown is a concept we launched in October this year, where 14 companies were selected to pitch to a panel of investors from Canada and Silicon Valley,” said Alex Popa, a partner at Boast Capital and Plug and Play Accelerator Canada. “At the end of the event four companies received an investment of $25,000 and a spot in our Canada-Silicon Valley Hybrid Accelerator program.”

Apply before January 7.