Metabridge will host its fifth annual event in Kelowna, British Columbia on June 20-21, 2013. metabridge is a non-profit created to provide a unique experience for Canadian technology companies by fostering direct connections with key Silicon Valley technology partners for investment, joint strategic partnerships, mentorship and advisory opportunities.
The two-day retreat will consists of interactive presentations, round table discussions and multiple VIP networking sessions. Most of these events are exclusive, although select events will be open to public.
This year, metabridge teams up with Launch Academy and Digital Okanagan to deliver a truly unique experience for elite tech startups in Canada. "The Launch Academy and Digital Okanagan teams are great additions to the metabridge organizing committee. This is a good mix of entrepreneurship and community champions in the world of digital and tech startups”, said Steve Wandler, Founder of metabridge. He added, “2013 is shaping up to be our best year yet!”
Launch Academy is a pre-accelerator program that helps entrepreneurs to execute on their startups through mentorship, lean metrics and networking opportunities. Ray Walia, Executive Director of Launch Academy, said “Launch Academy companies are at the beginning of a startup’s life cycle. It is a prestigious opportunity for us to be a part of metabridge, and to provide our top companies with visibility of where they can be 10-16 months and how metabridge can help with distribution and scaling. metabridge provides a vision for startups to work towards.”
"Digital Okanagan is a non-profit association in the Okanagan dedicated to building the technology community here. After facilitating hundreds of community events in the last year, including Startup Weekend Okanagan and Startup Week, we are thrilled to bring our passion for community and tech to the metabridge team," said Daryl Chymko, Chief Volunteer Officer of Digital Okanagan.
metabridge has become the premier Canadian tech event to attend with, to date, over 50 tech companies from across Canada receiving investment, making strategic partnerships or adding advisory and director positions as a result of the metabridge connections. Previous metabridge events have included attendees from Google, Mitel, Microsoft, Facebook, AVG Antivirus, Trend Micro, HootSuite, RIM and Disney. Venture Capital companies like Trinity Venture Partner and Greylock Ventures have also been in attendance.
metabridge is the brainchild of Steve Wandler, a successful tech entrepreneur who returned to the Canada from the Silicon Valley after his company YourTechOnline was acquired by Support.com.
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About metabridge metabridge is a unique initiative that provides top Canadian technology companies with direct connection and access to key Silicon Valley and international technology partners for investment, joint strategic partnerships, mentorship and advisory opportunities. The value of metabridge is demonstrated through the successful outcomes of metabridge events as well as the growth of the companies it has supported.
Founded on the values of entrepreneurship, opportunities and growth, metabridge addresses the lack of access to key individuals affecting Canadian technology companies. metabridge aims to increase Canadian economic activity and connect Canadian technology companies to the global business world.