Meet with ten potential investors in one day at the CIX Top 20 event

by Andrea Wahbe | Startups

CIX logoYesterday, the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) hosted a media event in Toronto to kick-off their national search for Canada’s Top 20 hottest innovative technology startups. The CIX Top 20 is a “platform through which Canada`s best technology startups can engage and interact with the most active Canadian and international investors and corporations. At CIX, startups will learn useful tools to grow their business," says Chris Arsenault, Managing Partner at iNovia Capital.

“It can take a startup months to set-up meetings with companies like Google and Facebook. What sets CIX apart from other similar events is access to all of the major corporate players in one day,” says Arsenault. The great news is that you don’t have to be selected to be in the Top 20 to set-up meetings with potential investors via the CIX website for the December 1st event. So, make sure to attend, even if you don't get selected to compete.

This year’s event will feature some very inspiring speakers. Today, it was announced that Marcel Lebrun, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Canadian social media monitoring, engagement and insights platform, Salesforce Radian 6 will be giving a keynote address. “Marcel Lebrun is an outstanding example of the top entrepreneurial talent putting Canada at the forefront of the global innovation economy,” says Rick Nathan, Managing Director at Kensington Capital Partners.

Canadian startups have until October 14th to submit their applications to the CIX Top 20. Last year, almost 200 businesses applied.

After presenting at the CIX Top 20, “many companies have gone on to sell their businesses or raise money from investors,” says Nathan. A great success story from the 2010 CIX Top 20 alumni is Montreal’s Tungle, who was acquired by RIM in April of this year.

“It’s worth it to apply. The recognition that we got from being in the CIX Top 20 helped to raise our profile as a leading edge company in Canada,” says Vincent John Vincent, President of GestureTek. His company won at the event in 2010. Vincent told me that “after winning at CIX, we gained a lot of exposure from the Canadian press, and came away knowing how to wrap our story into a concise pitch. The folks at CIX were really helpful in teaching us how to craft our story.”

Best of luck to all who apply for event. We look forward to finding out who has been selected to compete on December 1st at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

Montréal, Québec, Canada

Tungle is the industry's first calendar accelerator. By syncing with your existing calendar, you get all the scheduling and calendar sharing benefits of Tungle without having to switch to a new system. Keep using your Google, Outlook, iCal or Entourage calendar - Just sync it with Tungle and you'll be able to: Easily schedule meetings with anyone Share calendars inside or outside your... more

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

GestureTek is the pioneer, multiple patent-holder and world-leader in camera-enabled gesture-recognition technology for presentation and entertainment systems. Back in 1986, we invented and shaped the field of 'applied computer vision' for computer-human interaction. The company's multi-patented video gesture control technology (VGC) lets users control multi-media content, access information,... more

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Andrea Wahbe

Andrea Wahbe

Andrea Wahbe is a freelance B2B marketing strategist and corporate storyteller who has contributed to the growth of online media businesses in Canada, such as AOL and Google. By day, Andrea writes about digital media and marketing trends and tips for Canadian startups and SMEs. By night, she’s an analog book reader, master swimmer and experimental chef.  more

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