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Companies routinely tell us they wish they could source local tech service providers. A by-product of Silicon Halton has been wowcasing™ (showcasing a talent/company to solicit that "wow" response) talented service providers in our back yard. Meetup 41 provided an opportunity to showcase some of these providers. We are very greatful to the good folks at Burlington Economic Development Corp for Powering this event and making the new Burlington Performing Arts Centre available for this event.
Following the fun and roaring success of Meetup 37's Pitch Night, which saw pitches from hi tech business owners about their Halton companies & hi tech products, Meetup #41 was a Pitch Night for Halton Technology Service Providers. These are companies or solopreneurs who are applying technology vs. creating new technology/apps. Examples are:
Slots were also allotted to ancillary service providers who focus on the technology vertical (e.g. Patent Lawyers, content providers) or vendors who utilize leading edge technology in the delivery of their services.
Our target was 10 pitches each from different types of providers. Each pitch is 1 - 2 minutes in length. No endless stream of Powerpoint slides - each pitcher will have one slide, displayed during their pitch. The slides contained their company name, service, logo and Twitter handle, so we know who we're voting for.
We voted, not necessarily on the best technology service, but rather, who best articulates their value proposition.
(Listed in no particilar order)
The winner for the Best Pitch was Robert Duvall of RDC Networks. Congratulations! You can find 2nd & 3rd place finalists listed in the slide deck below. The audience also provided 125+ individually written peices of kudos & opportunities for improvement, which were forwarded to the appreciative pitchers.
The event was covered by SnapBurlington.com here.
Note the event slide deck also contains pix of the meetup.
It is an opportunity to generate additional buzz about your company and/or services. You can expect up to 2,000 people will hear about your company / service by the end of Pitch Night.
Please contact: Rick Stomphorst at
Topic: Pitch NightTarget Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and studentsMeetup Track: Networking: Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career GrowthDate & Time: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 7pmLocation: Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Community Studio Theatre, Burlington, Ontario. @BPACHow much it costs: Nothing but your time.Pre-Event Q&A Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the organizers and facilitator in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.
We had a full house last night at Ned Devine's in Milton to hear our guest speaker John Kuypers, President of Performance Shift Consulting speak to us about:
Every entrepreneur dreams of building a fast-growing, profitable business. Given the right offerings, commitment and financing, it will happen. When it does, you need to scale up! If you do this poorly, quality drops, deadlines get missed and customers get unhappy. Furthermore, management ends up working 70+ hours a week! John presented two compelling leadership techniques that high-growth business leaders need to master if they want to scale up without dropping the ball along the way.
The first leadership technique is how to structure, assign and shift workload clearly and cooperatively in order to build a high-functioning organization. The second technique resolves interpersonal leadership challenges openly and collaboratively in order to get key people onto the same page. These techniques are derived from John’s acclaimed leadership book, www.WhosTheDriverAnyway.com
John Kuypers is a leadership coach and organizational expert who helps companies expand their leadership capacity to grow. He is the author of four books, a speaker, trainer and facilitator. John is a former vice president of sales and director of marketing in consumer packaged goods industry. He also spent five years in investment banking.
John’s firm, www.PerformanceShift.com serves leaders with 10 to 500 employees. He has worked with clients in manufacturing, IT, marketing services, not-for-profits, unions, financial services and consumer products. John is a golfer, hockey player, family man, old truck enthusiast and serenity geek. He lives and works in Burlington.
Topic: Grow Your Leadership Capacity and Grow Your Business Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals Meetup Track: Business OptimizationDate & Time: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 7pm Location: Ned Devines, 575 Ontario Street South, Milton, ON
How much it costs: Nothing but your time.
In a postsecondary education institution it is an enormous challenge to ensure that students, faculty and staff are ready and equipped with technology tools and skills for their respective education and professional endeavors. The balancing act for Information Technology is to serve the wide range of users from the Tech Savvy to Tech Adverse, with technology solutions that will satisfy both.
Sumon Acharjee, Chief Information Officer for Sheridan College shared insights and strategies for IT that enable Sheridan’s Creative Campus(es). His focus is to make “IT invisible” – intuitive, interactive and robust in which finding the right balance between “lights running IT” and integration that drives a universal experience across Sheridan’s campuses. Sumon and his team are consistently implementing solutions at the forefront of today’s technology themes that include connectivity, virtualization, Cloud, BYOD etc.
Keynote slidedeck from CIO of Sheridan College.
Slidedeck for Meetup 39, containing the G2KYM's.
Pix of event.
Most every month we feature two local tech companies as part of our Get to Know Your Member.
Workoptics from Rosterware
Sheridan College is one of Canada's premier polytechnic institutes and is dedicated to exceptional applied learning and graduate success. Sheridan is a leader in providing skills-based educational programming that integrates theory with application, preparing students for careers in visual and performing arts, business, community services and technical fields. Sheridan serves close to 17,000 full-time students annually at its campuses in Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga, Ontario.
Sumon Acharjee, Chief Information Officer, Sheridan College. Sumon joined Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advance Learning in 2008 returning to Canada after working several years in the United States. He has over 18 years’ experience in planning, developing, and implementing cutting edge information solutions in a diverse variety of industry sector including pharmaceutical , consumer electronics, consumer products, automotive, food, financial services, and now education. As a highly successful leader in Information Technology, he fully comprehends the strategic importance of technology and innovation in achieving and maintaining competitive advantage in today's economic environment. Sumon has merged disparate technologies and personnel into team-centered units using his expertise in motivation, cross-functional team training, innovation and retention of industry professionals.
This event is Powered by The Town of Milton. They made the MinMaxx Hall @ Milton Centre for the Arts (MCA) available to us. MCA is the Milton's cornerstone for creativity! Officially opened in 2012, this new unique, state-of-the-art facility offering exciting performing, visual, media and literary arts experiences for all ages. It's a big place, so follow the signs (note to self: bring signs).
Topic: Enabling a Creative Campus Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students Meetup Track: Technology InnovationDate & Time: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 @ 7pm Location: Milton Centre for the Arts, MinMaxx Hall. 1010 Main St. East, Milton | Google Map
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