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The Canadian Cloud Council and Boast Capital are pleased to announce the finalists for the fast-approaching "Canadian Cloud Showdown" on March 11 at the Rimrock Resort in Banff, Alberta.
Eight start-ups from across Canada were selected to pitch their business plan to a panel of leading investors, entrepreneurs, industry analysts and media. The winner will take home three months of office space and mentorship at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Silicon Valley, media exposure in the Calgary Herald and front page profile in the Canadian Cloud Council's "SME-TK Cloud Toolkit". Investment capital may be offered to one or more of the finalists during the event as well.
The finalists are:
And, the judges panel includes:
Shawn Abbot, Partner iNovia Capital
Saeed Amidi, Founder and CEO Plug and Play Tech Center
Robert Hart, Founder and CEO Canadian Cloud Council and The Politburo
Doug Jones, Senior Director Cloud Computing and Platform Engineering Blackberry
Jim Love, CIO IT World Canada
Don Pare, Chairman RvC Capital
Alex Papa, Managing Partner Boast Capital
Lori Stewart, Senior Strategic Advisor Innovate Calgary and Founder Awesome Foundation Calgary
Robin Winsor, CEO Cybera
"I am really excited about the state of the Canadian Cloud start-up community this year," mentioned Robert Hart, Founder and CEO of the Canadian Cloud Council. "We receieved almost 50 applications for the cloud showdown and very few of them were rubbish. This is going to be a really fun and closely contested event and I have to say I'm glad I'm sitting on the judges panel instead of pitching to them."
The Canadian Cloud Showdown is taking place at the Canadian Cloud Council's third national conference "Cloud Matters"; featuring presentations from Chris C. Kemp, CEO of Nebula and Co-Founder of Open Stack; Wayne Walls, Chief Cloud Evangelist at Rackspace; Kate Rozmahel, Deputy CIO at the Government of Alberta and Jeff Barr, Chief Cloud Evangelist at Amazon Web Services and 45 other global cloud experts.
The event is almost sold out so register now @ www.canadiancloudcouncil.ca/cloudmatters