The 2013 edition of C2-MTL’s annual global business conference is set to be an exciting three days in Montreal next month. One of the main attractions will be the Intel EYE50, a global search for emerging entrepreneurs.
The competition will seek out 50 people under the age of 30 who are revolutionizing the way we use and benefit from technology. Inspired by Innovation Partner Intel as part of their efforts to globally empower youth through technology, it will provide connections, solutions and advice for young entrepreneurs.
"Every day, young people all over the world are creating, coding and designing in basements, garages and bedrooms, designing products and platforms that will change the way we live and interact with each other," said Benoît Berthiaume, CEO of C2-MTL. “We want to learn from them and provide them with the kind of audience that can give them a head start."
From the 50 applicants, C2-MTL will invite 20 to attend the conference May 21 to 23, 2013. The 20 selected innovators will get the chance to present their idea to the audience as well as qualifying for $100,000 in prizes. Jury-member mentors will help them develop their ideas with “internationally-renowned leaders in business and innovation in attendance.” All accommodation and transport will be included for the winners.
Applications end on May 1, so for all those aspiring innovators wishing to tell C2-MTL about their idea, time is running out.
Submission requirements include that participants be under the age of 30 and that the idea has surpassed an ideation phase. A 120-second Youtube video is required, showcasing the idea in action and how it can solve a problem in an innovative manner. As well, a written statement about how technology inspires the applicant and how “your innovation contributes to the enrichment of people’s lives and to a better future.”
This year’s judges include FounderFuel’s Ian Jeffrey, Intel Futures Lab’s Steve Brown and several others. Born and raised in Montreal, Jeffrey returned to his home city three years ago to take on the general manager role of the FounderFuel accelerator program. He said that he’ll do anything to help Montreal flourish as an internationally known innovation hub
“I think that C2 is a great visibility platform for Montreal and Montreal needs as much as it can get,” he said. “Some of the things that I want to look for are the motives of the applicants, their overall personality, the size of their vision, and their determination, initiative and drive.”
C2-MTL is a not-for-profit organization that re-imagines the concept of the annual international conference to better explore the relationship between commerce and creativity, and its potential to redefine business. Every year, this three-day event brings together leading innovators from every industry for “an immersive experience that challenges the left brain as much as the right.”
Conferences given by renowned speakers, interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations, conceptual spaces, festive evenings, collaborative workshops, as well as a creativity Boot Camp take place within an innovative village designed exclusively for C2-MTL.