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Launch@Grow Highlights from #Summify

Team Summify - Launch@Grow 2011

Team Summify (minus Mircea)

We have lift off. Last week’s Launch@Grow launch party to the 2011 Grow Conference celebrated the blast-off of 15 of Canada’s top early stage startups, as chosen by Canadian and Silicon valley judges.

With a fashionably late arrival, Team Summify setup shop quickly and got ready for an evening of mingling. Thanks to Bootup, beer, bunnies, and a little foosball, a great time was had by all. Here’s the highlight reel:

Foosball: Summify vs A Thinking Ape
Nim represents for Summify in @athinkingape‘s foosball tournament, and Urbandig brings a party bunny.

demonstrating summify at launch@grown
Our favorite part was mixing with everyone and getting to talk with current and potential new Summifyers. It’s always interesting to see how people react to our value proposition, and it’s even nicer to talk to loads of people who already use and love the service.

Summify's super hero trophy - Launch@Grow 2011Summify Victory - Launch@Grow 2011
Summify was among the four winning startups chosen to pitch to Silicon Valley Angels and VCs at Under The Radar on Day 2 of the Grow Conference. Cristian Strat stepped up to pitch Summify to the high-caliber tech judges; some of which are already active Summify users. He had a great experience and we would like to thank you for your valuable insights and tough questions:

Wesley Chan, Investment Partner Google Ventures

Jeff Clavier, Founder and Managing Partner SoftTech VC

Rob Hayes, Managing Partner First Round Capital

Lars Leckie, Partner Hummer Winblad

Eghosa Omoigui, Founder EchoVC Partners

Aydin Senkut, Founder and President Felicis Ventures

A congratulations is also in order to the promising companies who joined us to pitch on Day 2: Unbounce (pitch winner), Tiipz and Rocketr. Great work!

Mircea with Dave from Hootsuite
Dave from Hoosuite is so cool that someone made a cardboard cut-out of him. We’re big fans of Hootsuite and @daveohoots so we got in on the action. Be sure to check out his Vancouver, BC craft beer tour on Urbandig.


From the launch party to the after party – as if @dannyrobinson hasn’t got enough of us, he made Mircea swallow some helium and attempt to pitch Summify again. Romanian helium accents are fantastic.

Launch@Grow Summary

For some of you, and our camera, the night may have been a little blurry. In case you need some help to remember all the cool companies that you bumped into, we made a Launch@Grow Summary just for you (click the images for a readable size):

Launch@Grow 2011 Summary FrontLaunch@Grow 2011 Summary back

Finally, thank you to Grow Conference 2011 organizers Debbie Landa and Jasmine Antonick of Dealmaker Media and our friends at Bootup for an amazing Launch@Grow event. For more on everyone behind the event and photos check out Bootup’s #LPGROW It’s a Wrap blog and their Flickr stream. Cheers!

Photo: @sonia, @dannyrobinson, @maurar. Not present, but equally awesome: @janisbehan, @dshanahan, @mackflavelle.

Summify Heads to Launch@Grow: Grow Conference 2011

The Grow Conference is a unique three-day conference that brings together the top minds in business, entrepreneurship, technology, and capital to inspire and engage the next generation of disruptive entrepreneurs. Startups from all over the map have been eagerly awaiting the results of the Launch@GROW Contest: the opportunity for 15 top startups to show-off at the Opening Reception to the 2011 Grow Conference in Vancouver, BC.

61 startups from across Canada entered the Launch@Grow contest and public voting ended July 16. The top 25 leaders who rocked the most votes moved on to the semi-finals where they have been picked apart by Canadian and Silicon Valley judges.

With only 15 days left until The Launch@GROW Launch Party the results are in. The top 15 startups walking down the entrepreneurial red carpet (there’s less botox) are:

Unbounce
Summify
Rocketr
Tiipz
ToggleMe with Tradable Bits
Storypanda
MentionMapp
Hoseanna
Food.ee
Cargoh
Warranty Life
Jostle.me
ZapTap
Hipsell
Wishpond

Techvibes will be highlighting these companies over the next two weeks with startup profiles. Vancouver’s Unbounce led during public voting, so Techvibes jumped the gun yesterday with the first of their 15 startup profiles.

Congratulations to all of our fellow startups! It’s GROW time.

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