StartupCamp Toronto 2

Posted by Varun Mathur

The 2nd StartupCamp Toronto took place at the CIX venue yesterday where the following startups made their pitches:

1. Brainpark: Mark Dowds gave a very exciting presentation which included a professionally produced introductory video.  He mentioned that Brainpark has recently raised $2.2 million and in addition to enabling people to share information about what they are doing, it also provides a recommendation engine. Lack of a demo attracted some criticism.

2. LoyaltyMatch: Brad Ball talked about his startup which enables users to exchange loyalty points and also serves as a destination portal for items which can be bought with loyalty points. He estimated that the loyalty points market is between $200-$400 billion!

3. SocialDeck: A social game start-up for mobile phones, with the idea being to let people play casual turn-based games. Their key value proposition is that their games are cross-platform, so that they can be played across different mobile phones, or via Facebook, Bebo, etc. They launched their first game on Facebook today itself - called Blockbust (based on Blokus).

4. AskKinjo: It is a mobile audio service which provides information on nearby gas stations, etc based on a user's location. Their revenue model is to play ads before the relevant information is communicated to the user.

Company:
Brainpark
Website:
http://www.brainpark.com
Location:
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Brainpark creates software products to make the workplace more collaborative, transparent, and efficient. We reduce duplicate work, increase awareness, and facilitate an environment for people to help each other. We are committed to reducing information overload and keeping things simple. more

Company:
LoyaltyMatch
Website:
http://www.loyaltymatch.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Use your loyalty points to receive cash. Purchase merchandise from other loyalty programs. How? Let us show you... more

Company:
AskKinjo.com
Website:
http://www.askkinjo.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

You are on the go and want to know right away whether there is a traffic jam ahead or how to find the closest restaurant with a good review? Location-based voice services by AskKinjo offer all that, and more. Take advantage of these AskKinjo services and get the answers you need. It’s very easy. Dial #KINJO from your mobile phone (Rogers and Fido users dial 647-476-6468 until further notice), and you can find the... more

Company:
SocialDeck
Website:
http://www.socialdeck.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

SocialDeck was founded in 2008 with the vision of enabling “anywhere, anytime, anyone” gaming. The company has launched several titles for the iPhone, Facebook, and BlackBerry using its social gaming platform technology, which enables simultaneous game play across multiple mobile devices and social networks. SocialDeck’s technology also facilitates viral content discovery, distribution and monetization. more


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Varun Mathur

Varun Mathur

Varun Mathur is the Techvibes Community Manager in Toronto, focused on covering local tech startups, news and events. He is also a Co-founder and Product Manager at Zytran, a Toronto-based web startup which developed and launched Alertle.com - a personal news aggregator (Alertle's version 1.0 got widespread global coverage, with reviews written about it in various tech blogs and in over a dozen... more



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