Again it’s been a long time since we’ve had a DemoCamp in Toronto. The event has grown from a small group of startups, entrepreneurs and developers meeting in a board room to an auditorium packing show. Keeping with the big names and bright lights show format, I’m happy to announce DemoCamp Toronto # 27.
Big thanks go to our friend William Mougayar at Eqentia for his support in recruiting our keynote speaker:
Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures
- Date: October 6, 2010 [Hold the Date - iCal]
- Time: 11:30am – 3:30pm
- Location: To be determined
The goal with ticket pricing has always been cost recovery. We’re having to pay for a venue this time around. The goal is to keep ticket prices at $25 or less. And to help manage demand during the workday, we will be live-streaming the keynote and demos. Sign up to be notified when tickets go live.
We need great demos
We’ve finalized the list of demoers for this DemoCamp.
This is a great set of early stage Toronto and region (Waterloo) based startups. Some of the folks are getting their second shot at a demo. It will be interesting to see how far they’ve come from their launch. I hope that everyone takes the time to understand the need for “wow” in the demo. And remember the goal is not to heckle but to give entrepreneurs a chance to show what they’ve been working on, how they’ve improved and to get feedback.
The core of these events are the demos. Why should you demo?
- 6 minute on-stage presentation
- 9 minutes of Q&A
- Networking opportunities
- Local media and investor awareness
- Local talent and recruiting connections
We’re also looking for up to 5 local demos that match the investment thesis at Union Square Ventures. If you think your company has the right stuff then you should apply to demo.
We continue to run DemoCamp on a shoestring budget. Sure it sucks that it’s during the day. Sure it sucks that it costs $15. But we run these events at cost recovery. Sometimes we loose money (uhm, StartupEmpire anyone). Venue, food, Audio/Visual, and special things like a movie. They all cost money. BTW don’t forget the tax. The ticket price reflects the maximum we think people are willing to pay plus the maximum sponsorship amount we think we can cover. Did you know that for a theatre + A/V + special feature + lunch is about $30/person+tax, almost $34/person. So we reach out the community of companies and include the least amount of advertising and sponsorship. Make sure you check out:
- Anand Agarawala and Bumptop! This is an EPIC sponsorship. You have to be at DemoCamp from 4pm-6pm to find out what it is.
- Eqentia builds the a semantic publishing platform for knowledge tracking & competitive analysis
- XtremeLabs is hiring agile engineers and ui designers for the hottest mobile development company on the planet.
- Microsoft BizSpark jumpstart your startup and speed up your time to market.
- FreshBooks is the fastest way to track time and invoice your clients.
- Mercanix develops tools that enable organizations and their people to do good work.
- Rob Hyndman is the bee’s knees & the cat’s pajama. Startups looking for a lawyer. Start here.
- Rypple builds social software that makes workplace feedback easy and fun.
- Dayforce is the an enterprise software company in Toronto. Hiring dev, qa, ui and sales ninjas.
- Kontagent is a Facebook Fund funded startup that is hiring rockstar developers in Toronto.
- OCE helping commercialize the next generation technologies like Bumptop & Sysomos.
- KPMG Information, Communications & Entertainment (ICE) practice helps startups to succeed in turbulent markets.
These are organizations that are looking for funding, PR, and they are hiring. Are you a developer? designer? marketer? pr professional? Are you looking for a job? Make sure you check out each of these companies. They are part of our ecosystem. They support events like DemoCamp. And they make it possible for you to have a great experience.