Tomorrow night’s Launch party is a highly anticipated event ready to fill the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning at Mount Royal University.
An anticipated 350 people will be in attendance — this is shaping up to be the significant event of the winter season for Calgary tech circles leading into the holidays!
Victoria MacLean, one of the organizers and a director of Startup Calgary, tells me:
“The response to the Launch Party has been outstanding and we’re pleased to see so much support to help bring together and grow the startup community in Calgary. The selected nine showcase companies have been in preparations for weeks, going through a pitch bootcamp and a more intimate pitch event to receive feedback and hone their pitching skills. We’re very excited to showcase these nine startups to the Calgary community, they’re a great representation of how top notch our local startups are.”
The event is down to less than 100 tickets left. The good news is that they are still available for $30 from http://launchparty2011.eventbrite.com/, until end of tonight (Wed). On Thursday, you’ll be able to buy them at the door.
I was on the pitching judge panel last week to hear each of the 9 companies reps tell us their story in two minutes. Having been on the other side of the table many times, I can tell you that’s a HARD thing to do! All of them were exceptional, though, an indication of the quality of the tech scene here in Calgary. I was most intrigued by those who brought their own story and personality into the 2 minutes, and who could also eloquently state who their customer was, why they can make money from them, how much can they make, and some traction notes. These are the things I’m looking for from each of the 9 kick-ass leaders to get my 3 votes.
On Thursday, they’ll stand in front of a crowd of 40+ V.I.P.’s (C100, A100 and Investors), who also have 3 votes to pick their favs — the top 3 advance to finals, X-Factor style. From there, the crowd will determine who gets to wear the crown this year. Last year’s crown wearer, Gridly’s Dan Meeking, says it was a pivotal point for his company’s growth — see Dan’s story here on Startup Calgary’s blog.
Startup Calgary has kindly aggregated the Techvibes coverage about the 9 companies for the last while, such as “Five Minutes With Calgary’s Minigroup via Techvibes” … it’s an excellent consolidated look at the 9 firms.
From the Startup Calgary press release: “Nine Showcase companies have been selected from an application pool of 37 local tech startups to be part of the StartUp Calgary Launch Party 2011 Showcase. The winning companies are: Opryx,Minigroup, Hubblr, Kudos, Vision Player, New Panda, Transithub, Community Point, and Core Connect.”
There’s $60,000 worth of stuff that’s up for grabs, so good luck, everyone … gonna be a great night!