On November 21st, Launch Academy, Plug and Play and Boast Capital drew a crowd of almost 600 investors, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, government representatives, media, and more to Cascadia Summit, the official closing event of Startup Week Vancouver.
After receiving more than 100 applications from startups around Canada and the US, 16 finalists presented to an esteemed panel of judges, including Dafina Toncheva from US Venture Partners, Sumeet Jain from Intel Capital, Bill Bryant from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Alireza Masrour from Plug and Play Ventures, Mahendra Ramsinghani from Mod N Labs, and Frederic Lardinois from TechCrunch. Prior to the pitch contest, the judges also participated in a panel discussion on investment trends.
Optigo Networks, Control and Magicflix won the pitch contest. This was a big night for Vancouver's startup community and Tale provided a real-time showcase of the event connecting myriad social streams and hashtags into one cohesive narrative. From the display wall to the mobile users participation, Tale opened up the community to a cohesive story.