Following a whirlwind tour across Canada, Vancouver’s GrowLab yesterday announced the successful winning applicants for its spring 2012 acceleration program.
Running from May 21st to August 21st, GrowLab’s spring session brings together five startups for mentorship from some of Vancouver’s top investors and advisors. Following their 3-month mentorship program, successful participants will then be given the opportunity to pitch their startup to potential investors from around the globe. The 3rd Annual Vancouver Grow Conference runs August 22nd to 24th, kicked off in style with GrowLab’s Demo Day. As an invitation only event, GrowLab’s spring 2012 participants have their work cut out for them to ensure their startup makes it to the finish line. The five successful participants are as follows:
Based out of San Francisco CA, Skyscrpr is founded by Jacob Reiff (@Wantist) and Paul Burger (@Cargoh). With Skyscrpr’s easy to use interface, bloggers will be able to sell ad space directly to advertisers. With automated advertising kits and a sales tracking dashboard, bloggers will be able to manage their revenue generating links. With significant social media buzz, Skyscrpr is definitely one to watch.
This home grown hotspot is founded by Matt Friesen (Thirdi Software), Nicholas Molnar (F*** Cancer Board Member), Nick Cairns (UX Guru @move), and Jesse Sherlock (Web Backend Expert). Based out of Vancouver BC, Wantering's tagline is “turning curation into commerce”. Think of it as Pinterest meets Polyvore. With an eye for fashion and an acute awareness of trending items, Wantering introduces its users to hip and happening fashion items. Unlike many other fashion-focused curation sites, Wantering does not hard sell its users on becoming socially engaged with other users. Just like have a personal stylist at your beck and call, Wantering introduces its users to unique fashions and allows them to purchase their favorites directly from the source.
Another homegrown participant is Vancouver’s Food.ee. Focused on the food delivery for offices niche, this startup takes advantage of the huge interest in location based targeting. Founded by HootSuite’s “sparkly” founder Dario Meli, Jon Cartwright (Invoke Media), and David Tedman (also from Hootsuite fame), Food.ee connects users with local restaurants and “beverage” providers. Restaurants are categorized by cuisine type. Food.ee users can order anything from beer to burritos and have their order delivered directly to their office. For single or group orders, Food.ee has the locals licking their lips in anticipation.
Kenny Huang and Tim Harris head the self-described “surprisingly good looking” team at Vancouver’s BlueBat. Their vision is to become an integral part of the social gaming scene by utilizing their gaming engine appropriately named the Bluebox Engine. With previous experience at EA Sports, this dynamic duo and their street-savvy sidekicks are definitely a team to watch
Founded by J. Joly of OverInteractive Media, Cinecoup has plans to disrupt the filmmaking industry. With over twenty years in the entertainment industry, J. Joly has the experience behind him to turn Cinecoup into a success.
Founded by Boris Wertz, Jason Bailey, Debbie Landa, and Leonard Brody, GrowLab has a strong track record in both startup acceleration and savvy investment strategies. Previous GrowLab participants include Sunnytrail, Ecquire, Loupe, Matygo, and Placeling. With an ever-increasing focus on the exploding Vancouver tech sector, GrowLabs is well-poised to rival the successes of other startup accelerators like 500 StartUps and Y-Combinator.