Canada's Accelerators Send Their Best to BDC Pitch Event at Startup Fest

Posted by Rob Lewis

This week at the International Startup Festival in Montreal BDC is hosting a Pitch Event on the keynote stage.

Six startups from Montreal's FounderFuel, Toronto's Extreme Startups, and Vancouver's GrowLab will have 3 minutes to wow the crowd and judges.

Representing FounderFuel are VanHawks and Provender.

VanHawks is responsible for the hugely successful, crowdfunded Valour bike. The Valour is connected to iOS, Android and Pebble through Bluetooth and tracks rider statistics in real-time including the route, distance, speed, and time.

Provender is aiming to disrupt the food industry. The Provender team wants to put farmers back in control of their own sales. By disintermediating the supply chain, and connecting farmers and their stories with the restaurants that use their produce, Provender aims to use the power of the Internet to forge direct relationships from farm to fork.

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Extreme Startups is sending Hurrier and Uplette.

The gist of Hurrier is simple: order stuff and hire a courier through the website, either on your phone or your desktop computer. The entire bill is settled by Hurrier, and a bike or car courier grabs the stuff and brings it to you. You can leave a tip through the site or in person, and 100% of that money goes to the delivery person.

Innohub's flagship product Uplette automates, consolidates, and optimizes the mobile advertising experience through the delivery of smart post-ad content.

Heading east on behalf of GrowLab is Cinecoup and Learn Dot.

CineCoup is a film accelerator set out to disrupt the way independent films by new filmmakers are marketed, produced and distributed. Partnering with Cineplex Entertainment, CineCoup offered up to $1 million in financing and a guaranteed theatrical release for the top project; out of 90 teams, the Regina-based filmmakers behind WolfCop were greenlit for production, finished filming and just returned from Cannes.

Learn Dot is looking to put people back into online learning by acting as the bridge between those that wish to teach a class and those that want to learn about a subject.  Incorporating modern technology like video chat and messaging, they provide a personal experience when learning only rivalled by actually being with people. 

Company:
GrowLab Ventures Inc.
Website:
http://www.growlab.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

GrowLab supports the World's best entrepreneurs through seed funding, office space, mentorship & programming in Vancouver & San Francisco. more

Company:
FounderFuel
Website:
http://www.founderfuel.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

At FounderFuel we believe startup success is more about the people than the idea. We take a lot of care in choosing the smartest and most resourceful, dedicated and passionate people we can find. Once selected to join the program, you’ll be surrounded by a few like-minded entrepreneurial teams for an 12 intense weeks. You will be developing your business within an ecosystem of experienced entrepreneurs, top... more

Company:
Extreme Startups
Website:
http://www.extremestartups.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Extreme Startups is a venture backed startup accelerator that supercharges founder development, optimizes product-market fit and graduates fundable companies. Our evolved programs provide an unrivaled combination of seed capital (up to $250K), digital product leadership education and access to a global pool of mentors. Investors and financial partners include Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Relay... more

Company:
Learndot
Website:
http://www.learndot.com/
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Companies use Learndot to achieve business results through learning; they certify customers, educate partners, and get new employees up to speed – faster and at scale. more

Company:
CineCoup Media Inc.
Website:
http://www.cinecoup.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The CineCoup Film Accelerator is a disruptive new model for filmmakers to develop, market and finance their feature films. Filmmaking teams apply to CineCoup with a two-minute trailer then advance through a gamified selection funnel that’s designed to package their projects and build fan support on the CineCoup social web platform. All filmmakers who participate stand to gain valuable audience feedback, social... more

Company:
Provender
Website:
http://www.provender.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Provender connects farm to fork online. more

Company:
Hurrier
Website:
http://www.usehurrier.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hurrier is transforming local commerce by making everything in the city on-demand. Whip out your phone and with a few clicks you could have raw steaks and a 6-pack delivered to your BBQ within an hour. Hurrier’s platform seamlessly connects consumers, retailers and couriers in a highly addictive way. more

Company:
Uplette
Website:
http://discover.uplette.com/
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Uplette automates, consolidates, and optimizes the mobile advertising experience through the delivery of smart-post ad content. It increases mobile advertising ROI in 4 distinct ways: Highly personalized post-ad landing page delivery to increase conversion and customer acquisition rates. A real-time feedback loop with insights on who your customers are and how they are converting, which can be leveraging to... more

Company:
Vanhawks
Website:
http://www.vanhawks.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Vanhawks's mission is to make connected bikes for the urban commuter to encourage bike rides for greener and less congested cities with the best experience possible. The Vanhawks Valour, is the first Bluetooth connected bike built from carbon fibre, giving riders safety,comfort and insight for every ride. Valour went on to raise the most amount of money in crowdfunding in Canada through Kickstarter which was 820k.... more


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