New York, NY
Join us on March 31st to witness the awesomeness of the Canadian tech community as represented by some of their most kick-ass startups!Register for This Event
From March 30th to April 4th, we are hosting VentureOutCanada II, our second one-week NY Market Accelerator program for Canadian tech startups (see details from our first program here). We are excited for our continued partnership with the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA) and Toronto’s Extreme Startups, which will help us bring the best early-stage tech companies in Canada to New York City.
We are seeking the 15 most promising Canadian tech startups to take part in our one week US business expansion program that features:
Cap Intro: Introductions to esteemed venture investors and accelerator programs, i.e. Gotham Ventures, ff Venture Capital, and ERA
Workshops: Educate and assist with visas and immigration, U.S. business formation, sales and marketing strategy, accounting, hiring, and more
Networking: Events with 150+ members of NYC’s tech community
Pitch Night: Demo to investor panel and NYC tech leaders
Tours: Visit successful tech companies i.e. Etsy, Huffington Post, AOL, Sailthru, and Big Spaceship
On Wednesday, April 2nd, we are excited to host Startups Eh?, a Canadian Tech Night, showcasing our impressive delegation of Canadian tech companies to the NY community and a panel of esteemed venture investors. While this is our 11th demo night, it will be our first at the funky and famous Toshi's Living Room in the Flatiron Hotel. The evening will start at 6pm so get your tickets and don't be late!
VentureOutNY is dedicated to helping international startups launch and succeed in New York City. Based on the philosophy that talent is evenly distributed but opportunity is not, VentureOutNY helps bridge that gap for international entrepreneurs, and we bring 150 to 200 of the world’s best tech companies through our programs each year.
Our one-week NY market accelerator is an opportunity for promising early-stage technology companies abroad to become immersed in New York’s tech community, meeting its top investors, most successful companies, and best service providers. We empower our international entrepreneurs with the education, resources and connections needed to successfully expand their business to the U.S.
Extreme Startups is a premier tech accelerator located in Toronto, Ontario. We provide up to $200,000 per company, a collaborative environment, and deep access with industry partners so that accepted startups can integrate the tools they need from the ground up. At Extreme Startups, entrepreneurs have access to the resources needed to compete in today’s market. Leading industry partnerships combined with mentorship from some of the most successful serial entrepreneurs in business today give our cohorts an advantage you won’t find in any other program.
The CVCA represents the majority of private equity companies in Canada, with over 1900 members. CVCA members have over $88 billion in capital under management.
Alessandro Piol is General Partner and Co-founder at Vedanta Capital and has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry. Previously he was a General Partner at Invesco Private Capital, and was responsible for investments in information technology. He has been involved in numerous transactions that have led to successful IPO’s or sales. Prior to joining Invesco he has spent 10 years with AT&T Corp., where where he co-founded AT&T Ventures. Mr. Piol led the fund's investments in several new media and communications companies, including BBN Planet (GTE), Classic Sports Network (Disney/ESPN), Multex.com, Redgate Communications (AOL), and Spectrum Holobyte (Microprose). Prior to AT&T, spent several years in the software industry, developing system software and compilers. He was a Founding Director of the New York New Media Association as well as several private technology companies. Mr. Piol serves on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board and the Board of Visitors of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University; and is a mentor, advisor or board member of various private companies. In addition, Alessandro has recently co-authored, with Maria Teresa Cometto, Tech and the City: The Making of New York’s Startup Community. Mr. Piol earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and an M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University.
John Frankel has been an early-stage venture investor since 1999. Mr. Frankel was one of the earliest investors in Quigo Technologies, which was purchased by AOL in December 2007, and in Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD on NASDAQ), which had a successful IPO in March 2011. He has also served and/or now serves on the boards of 500px, Adcade, Apparel Media Group, AppyCouple, Alerts.com, Centzy, ClearPath Immigration, Infochimps, InteraXon, Gobbler, Klout, Patents.com, Parse.ly, Phone.com, Quigo Technologies, StrongTech, The Goldman Sachs Trust Company, Track.com, VolunteerSpot and Voxy. He is also a Mentor with the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator program.
Michael Gerard Grimm [R-NY] is the U.S. Representative for New York's 13th congressional district, which consists of Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, and a member of the Republican Party. He is a former FBI agent, businessman, and Marine, having served in the Gulf War. Michael Grimm was born in Brooklyn and was raised in Queens. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in 1988, received a BBA in accounting from M. Baruch College in 1994, and received a Juris Doctor (Magna Cum Laude) from New York Law School in 2002
Robert Greifeld is the current CEO of Nasdaq-OMX Stock Market, Inc., the largest electronic screen-based equity securities market in the United States. He has a 20-year history in technology, and as an entrepreneur created one of the first electronic stock order matching systems. Greifeld is an outspoken advocate for efficient capital markets and smart regulation, and strong supporter of United States business growth and innovation. He is a current member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation. Prior to joining NASDAQ in May 2003, Greifeld was an executive Vice-President with SunGard Data Systems, Inc.
Etsy is a website that focuses on handmade and vintage items, as well as art and craft supplies. The items include art, photography, clothing, jewelry, edibles, quilts, and toys. Etsy is modeled after open craft fairs that give sellers personal storefronts where they can list their goods. The company charges users a flat listing fee (of 20 cents per items), and takes a commission of 3.5% off all items sold.
Since its launch in June 2005, the site has continually added new widgets and features, and has seen corresponding growth.
Big Spaceship is a Brooklyn-based digital creative agency that creates connected experiences, products and platforms. Founded in 2000, Big Spaceship’s culture and crew have been profiled by Harvard Business Review and recognized among Advertising Age’s “Best Places to Work in Marketing and Media” three years in a row. In 2011, Big Spaceship was named among Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies.”
Big Spaceship has worked with clients including Adobe, Chobani, Crayola, Google, YouTube, GE, HP, Shake Shack, and Wrigley, and has a growing IP portfolio including Corpsify, Pretty Loaded, Taco Finder and The Most Awesomest Thing Ever.
Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) is an early-stage seed fund and technology accelerator created by New Yorkers, for New York. It is committed to helping build the next generation of great New York technology companies. ERA looks for companies that are best able to take full advantage of the NYC opportunity as a starting point to successfully enter the market for their product, service or application.
ERA runs two four-month sessions per year, each with 10 companies. Startups receive $40K, free office space, free legal and other services. Additionally, companies receive free hands-on help from a team of 200+ mentors, who are experts in their respective fields.
Sailthru, the leading provider of personalized marketing communications technology, is driving a major shift in how companies engage with their individual customers and optimize their revenue opportunities. Through the automated analysis of large data sets, Sailthru Smart Data generates and delivers personalized, omnichannel digital brand experiences. Sailthru-powered 1:1 relationships with consumers drive higher revenue and conversion for more than three hundred enterprises including Fab.com, Thrillist/Jack Threads, Everlane, Huffington Post, and Business Insider.
Founded in 2008 by Neil Capel, Ian White and Chris Chapman and headquartered in New York City, Sailthru is recognized for its industry-leading practices promoting consumer privacy and security by the Online Trade Association (OTA) and is on their 2013 Honor Roll.
With more than 6 million members, TheLadders is the premier online job-matching service committed to finding the right person for the right job since 2003. Its groundbreaking iPhone app generated more than 100,000 downloads in its first week. Originally recognized as the leading job-matching site for high-earning professionals, TheLadders expanded its services in fall 2011 to all career-driven professionals. In doing so, the more than 43,000 employers and recruiters that use TheLadders to source qualified candidates now have access to professionals at all levels, free of charge. TheLadders is headquartered in New York City.