The Cascadia Summit is a fast and furious pitch competition that connects tech entrepreneurs across the Cascadia region. Get ready for 20 startups, 1 minute pitches, and a crowd of 300, coming to together in a head to head battle where the audience votes in their favourites. The Cascadia Summit takes the best startups from incubators and accelerators in Alberta, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, and showcases them to investors, tech VIPs, media and industry professionals. The event unites a dynamic and vibrant community of entrepreneurs and investors to discuss big ideas, formulate solutions and disrupt proven markets.
The following companies are Accelerate Okanagan’s Venture Acceleration Program Clients. We are so excited to see them take the stage at Cascadia! There are still a few free community tickets left.
Corey Wagner- Bananatag
Bananatag is for anyone who never gets replies and needs to know if their emails have actually been read. It’s an email extension that lets you track emails directly from the email program you already use, so that you know when they’re opened. After a tagged email is sent, users are automatically notified when a contact has opened the email or clicked on a link. Along with email tracking, the software comes with a user friendly dashboard that displays in depth analytics showing where and how people interact with the email.
Chris Priebe- 2HatSecurity
Two Hat Security is a professional penetration testing company with a unique twist. Lead by Chris Priebe who is highly experienced in not only breaking web apps but also has over 12 years in professional web development. This allows Two Hat Security to not only conduct professional penetration tests but also create some powerful tools, patches or just train your staff.One hat is the hat of a whitehat hacker The other is a construction worker who builds great stuff. The other unique twist is that Two Hat Security is among the first to specialize not only in normal web apps but also in children’s safety online. Chris has extensive experience in children’s online virtual worlds including architecting and writing the moderation tools for Club Penguin which started the whole online flash virtual worlds for kids. Following that he has worked full time in securing 3 of the top 10 children’s virtual worlds for the Walt Disney Company and the miriads of services that support them.
Rob Bartlett- WTFast
WTFast is the Gamers Private Network (GPN)TM! We have a global network of servers that we use to optimize online game connections for a huge potential market of nearly 1 billion online gamers worldwide. Our client/server technology literally makes the difference between a winning and losing move! We service gamers directly with a freemium model, giving them a free solution to make a big difference in their online game play. Users are monetized with online ads, and they also have the option to make a paid upgrade to unlock better performance and additional features. WTFast has great traction B2B with six deals closed to date with Gravity Interactive, Overwolf, Xfire, GuildLaunch, Sox Serbian Open Exchange and MWEB.
Ivan Balconi- MiTaxi
MiTaxi is an application intended to mitigate the risks of riding in a Taxi in Latin-American, as well as to provide Taxi companies information about the trips and people that board there fleet. Our team is committed to develop applications that provide a real benefit to you and to the people around you. We are young, we are smart, and we are ambitious. A mix of countries brings to this team a wider vision of action and the will of pursuing foreign markets. We believe that providing technology products to third world countries we can contribute to the development of the region. We are the young energy in the building and we are here to stay for a while.
We are currently launching in Colombia but with plans to expand to Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.
Pete Matejcek- Hustream
HuStream is a full service video production agency that is ridiculously passionate about creating exceptional video products at affordable rates. We live and breathe video. We have extensive experience in building video solutions and our talented team of video experts are there to ensure our clients are successful with their online video strategy. Our company has video production teams in Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, and Toronto so that our agency can provide our customers with greater flexibility, convenience and affordability. Whether we are producing creatively scripted and visually inspired corporate videos, product promos, and YouTube clips or building our innovative, award winning interactive videos, we take the same professional approach and are proud of the work we produce. With 40+ customers to date including Microsoft, Lenovo, and Intel, we encourage you to check out our customer portfolio to see the sample of videos we have produced for other businesses.
Geoff White- Progeny Bio
Regional agricultural sustainability is a significant concern worldwide. Producers are faced with increasing pressures from climate change, pests and diseases, as well as competition from international markets. A need for agricultural support services continues to grow within the province of BC to help manage these issues.
ProgenyBio Agricultural Services Inc. is a new BC company set to deliver laboratory-based services to the agriculture sector. Split into three complimentary divisions, ProgenyBio will be providing Agricultural Consulting Services (ACS), plant Tissue Culture Services (TCS), and plant Virus Testing Services (VTS) out of a new lab facility in Penticton, BC. By offering specialized services and expertise, ProgenyBio is positioned to help protect and advance agriculture in the province.
Scott McMillan- Blur
Blur Hockey (Penticton, BC) is a sport innovation company that has developed a game-changing skating analysis system for hockey players. The Blur Skating Analysis System provides hockey players, coaches and teams with objective data about their skating performance that they have never been able to attain before. Regular analysis allows them to improve game performance, optimize training, minimize injuries and enhance rehab training programs. The analysis system is a cost effective approach for teams since they spend a lot of money on talent identification, developing players, rehab programs and on salaries for players who are injured and not able to play.
Blur’s sensor platform can also provide meaningful data and analysis for all major sports including football and basketball. Their skate specific sensors can be developed into snow and ice sport equipment.
Jonathan Whiting- StreetText
The StreetText Platform and its surrounding services are the core focus of Simple Engine Media, a software automation company based in Canada whose story goes back to 2005. Back then, Art Bosma, one of StreetText’s founders, started various successful online marketing channels for Real Estate and Travel agencies. Since then Simple Engine Media has worked with numerous companies and has created product solutions to improve targeted marketing offerings and systems. With the tech industry experience we have gained with almost a decade in the business, we have a deep understanding of what our clients want – be it the tech savvy Realtor, small business retailer, or the creative marketing agency. It was from the lessons we learned and the tools we needed that we came to create StreetText – an affordable, current and accessible solution for any type of marketing scenario.Our mission is to provide our clients with a full-scale mobile marketing automation platform that will give them a competitive edge and solid platform for future growth. Our product is designed to be much more than a marketing product; it is an interactive interface that gives our clients the ability to turn once-off customers and inquiries into repeat clients. Our business is about empowering your business with the tools to build a life-cycle marketing engine. We want all our clients to be successful.
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