Ten Toronto startups will participate in the C100 “48 hrs in the valley” program

Posted by Andrea Wahbe

From June 8th to 9th, a group of Canadian startups will be heading down to San Francisco to participate in the C100 “48 hrs48 hrs logo in the valley” program. While they are in the Silicon Valley for just two days, all of the participating Canadian startups will get the chance present to the C100′s Charter Members, which are a group of seasoned technology executive mentors. Many will also pitch to VCs at the Plug and Play EXPO on the second day for a chance to secure future partnerships.

The tentative agenda for the program has been posted on the C100 website.

I caught up with a few of the Toronto startups who will be heading down next week, to find out why this is such an important opportunity for them. According to Roy Perreira, founder and CEO of Toronto startup Shiny Ads, "C100 is a great organization that has a history of connecting the best with the best - Canadian entrepreneurs with partners in Silicon Valley.”

While Shiny Ads has received a lot of accolades and investor attention already for their self-service advertising platform, there are many other Toronto startups attending the C100 program that are just getting into the game. Exclusive VIP social network The Royal Few will be launching later this month but they are already generating advertiser, media and celebrity attention.

In addition, Toronto startup Big Time Design will introduce their latest product Pulse to the US market. Pulse is a permission-based communications system that delivers measurable, direct messages to email, social media and mobile applications. “The opportunity to pitch Pulse in a new market is really exciting. It’ll be interesting to see if we can drum up the same level of interest down in the valley as we’ve seen up here,” says Ameet Wadhwani, Partner at Big Time Design.

Here is a list of the Canadian companies who have been selected for the program:

The C100 program is hosted in conjunction with the Consulate General of Canada and the Canadian Trade Commissioners Service in San Francisco and Palo Alto. Best of luck to all of the participants!

Company:
Needium
Website:
http://www.needium.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Introducing Needium, the social lead generation tool for SMBs. Needium monitors social media sources and detects business opportunities based on local user needs and life events. It also listens for merchant name mentions (reputation management). Needium aggregates and structures that information in a Web-based dashboard where merchants can log-in to easily join conversations (and more) without having to monitor... more

Company:
Bitstrips
Website:
http://www.bitstrips.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bitstrips is your new online funny pages! Got a funny joke or a story to tell? Get ready to share it in a whole new way. Our FREE online toys make it FAST, FUN and EASY to create awesome comics. Create any character, including YOU and your friends! more

Company:
Shiny Ads
Website:
http://www.ShinyAds.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Self serve advertising platform for web publishers. Allows long-tail advertisers to create banner advertisement, set up their campaign, and pay for ad buy in an automated interface. Ties into web publisher's existing ad server and handles payment automatically. more

Company:
big time design and communication inc.
Website:
http://www.bigtimedesign.ca
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Graphic design, web development and social media. It all works well together. We are artists and technicians with a passion for what we create and a dedication to who we work with. We create web sites and print materials which help our clients meet their goals, whatever they may be. Our development is innovative, powerful and reliable. Our products include big time Pulse, the best social media communication... more

Company:
C100
Website:
http://www.thec100.org/
Location:
San Francisco, California, United States

C100 is a non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to supporting Canadian technology entrepreneurship and investment. C100 is comprised of a select group of Canadians based primarily in Silicon Valley, including executives of leading technology companies, experienced startup entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. C100 members are passionate about leveraging their collective experience, expertise... more

Company:
My City Lives
Website:
http://www.mycitylives.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

My City Lives is a digital media platform that Geo tags online videos on an interactive map to produce a living guide to a city. The platform's value is leveraging real world experiences to take their users "one step beyond Streetview" through content from the emerging infotainment segment. The company provides a fused model of company created and user generated stories. Collectively, these stories are what... more

Company:
LeanIn
Website:
http://www.leanin.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

LeanIn is a revolutionary new way for TV and Online video viewers to interact with and discover content that is relevant to them. We incorporate all of the latest advancements in social networking and gaming and deliver them to viewers right inside the video player. Our technology transforms content discovery from: ‘what’s on now?’ to ‘what have my friends been watching?’ and ‘what are they digitally saying about... more

Company:
Localmind
Website:
http://www.localmind.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Localmind is a new service that allows you to send questions and receive answers about what is going on—right now—at places you care about. more

Company:
Wajam
Website:
http://www.wajam.com
Location:
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Wajam makes search more personal by adding results from your friends to your favorite search engine. Every day you and your friends share lots of useful content on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Wajam lets you find this content in Google, Bing, Yahoo, blekko and Amazon when you need it. more

Company:
The Royal Few
Website:
http://join.theroyalfew.com/welcome
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

An exclusive, VIP social network for adults 18 to 35. The website offers its members a first-look at "deals on insider luxury such as backstage events, VIP passes, drink tickets, elite access, Hollywood paparazzis, energy drinks, and more." 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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