Details of the March edition of Sprout Up Toronto were announced today, and this month’s event will have a very notable speaker in the house. Graphic.ly founder Micah Baldwin will take the floor and talk about his philosophy of “success through failure” on March 30th at The Courthouse on Adelaide.
In addition to founding popular comics website Graphic.ly, Baldwin has served as a VP at Lijit Networks, and successfully founded and exited several start-ups of his (his last, Current Wisdom, was sold in 2007). In the mid-‘90s, he was a pioneer in using the Internet to help fundraise for several post-secondary institutions. When not working on his own projects, he is a frequent mentor and speaker. He’s also a published author and a blogger.
As always, innovative start-ups will be showing off their work at Sprout Up and taking audience questions. The lone confirmed startup for this month’s event (another is still TBA) is Guardly, a Toronto company still in beta that is focused on increasing user safety through mobile devices — and no, that’s not a euphemism for, “they are an anti-virus for cell phones.” Guardly allows users to activate a host of personal safety features, including a loud whistle, blinking LED lights, instant broadcasting of your status and whereabouts to emergency contacts and emergency services in your area. As well, Guardly can help in the event of a disaster by letting everyone in your personal safety network collaborate and get to safety together.
As always, networking, drinks and fun will be a major part of the evening as you rub shoulders with like-minded entrepreneurs, investors and others in the startup community.
Sprout Up Toronto takes place March 30th from 6–10 p.m. For more information, click here.