metabridge 2014 Recap

More than 50 Canadian technology startups converged in Kelowna June 12th and 13th!

More than 50 Canadian technology startups converged in Kelowna June 12th and 13th with high hopes of having a life changing conversation at the 6th annual metabridge retreat. High-level executives from companies such as Google, Dropbox, Ebay, Microsoft, Intel, Disney, Adobe, and IBM were in attendance to meet the startup Founders and CEOs and help them get connected to the global business world.

Accelerate Okanagan CEO, Jeff Keen, welcomed a crowd of 300 that gathered at the Laurel Packinghouse Thursday afternoon. The Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services then gave opening remarks to kick off metabridge 2014.  The two-day conference then got into full swing with George Karidis of SoftLayer, and Cristian Strat and Mircea Pasoi, Founders of Summify sharing their entrepreneurial stories.  The afternoon concluded with 15 of Canada`s Top Startups pitching their businesses to the audience and an expert panel that included Gil Penchina (Former eBay Exec), Lane Merrifield (Founder of Club Penguin), George Karidis (CSO of Softlayer), Sandra Wear (CEO of CanWIT) and Alireza  Masrour (Managing Director at Plug & Play Ventures).  Also in attendance were Venture Capital organizations representing well north of $100 billion of investment capital.

unnamedThe 15 top Canadian technology startups, selected from 83 applications from Halifax to Victoria, were extremely impressive and demonstrated the incredible talent within Canada`s national technology community.  To wrap up the competition, Farm at Handreceived a $25,000 cheque from Plug and Play Ventures for delivering the top presentation.  Honourable mentions were given to Change HeroesMediaCore,, who each were given the opportunity to sabre a bottle of champagne at the Summerhill Winery dinner that night. The Summerhill dinner hosted all metabridge attendees including global technology leaders, startups, delegate attendees and corporate sponsors.  It was a great event featuring a champagne welcome, live music, helicopter tours and a fabulous three course meal.  The night finished off with an after party at the Hotel Eldorado sponsored by LaBarge Weinstein.

Day 2 of metabridge started with breakfast and speed dating at the Disney Interactive Kelowna offices.  Founders and CEOs of the Top 15 Startups had the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with the VIPs of their choice.  Meanwhile back at the Hotel Eldorado, all the metabridge delegates enjoyed breakfast and the rare opportunity to listen to outstanding presentations from Wesley Chan of Google Ventures, Rahul Sood of Microsoft Ventures, Gil Penchina of AngeList Syndicate and former Ebay exec., and Shawn Abbott of iNovia Capital.  The rest of the day was filled with outdoor activities including wine tours, house boating and mountain biking.

metabridge wrapped up with a Great Gatsby themed finale party, complete with flapper dancers, champagne, oyster bar and live music from My Kind of Karma.  It was a great way to wrap up a fantastic two days of sharing, networking and connecting.  Now it`s up to the entrepreneurs to keep the conversation going.  Let`s hope they do and have some great success stories to share at metabridge 2015, an event not to be missed.  Planning is already underway….Will you be there?

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