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article imageWaterloo's startup weekend crowns an All-Girl Champions Special

By Tim Sandle     Apr 10, 2014 in Business
Cambridge - From a competition of 12 dynamic teams, the winner of Waterloo's Startup Weekend has been selected: Barn Raiser — the only all-girl team in the running.
Every year Waterloo's Startup Weekend brings together 70 young entrepreneurs to form teams, create companies, build plans, websites and apps and then pitch their business to a panel of judges. This year , according to Communitech Canada, the focus was on making the community a better place to live.
This year's winners were a group called Barn Raiser. Barn Raiser is a website designed to provide a meeting ground for local businesses, community builders and non-profit organizations to share resources, ideas and connections to support the community. The team of Erin Atchison, Tammy Bender and Charlotte Chan impressed the judges with their nearly ready-to-go-to market product, extensive market research and viability in the community, according to John Stix CMO of the company Fibernetics. Fibernetics were one of the event's sponsors. Stix contacted the Digital Journal to explain more about the event and his company's sponsorship.
Fibernetics, located in Cambridge, Ontario, is dedicated to changing the way people communicate by offering telecom functionality and pricing that Canadians have never seen before.
What makes the win remarkable, Stix explains, is the fact that women are so underrepresented in the startup community. Just 1.3 percent of percent of founders at privately held, venture-backed companies are women, according to a 2012 Dow Jones study titled Women at the Wheel.
Stix went on to add: "The amazing journey that an Entrepreneur embarks on can be incredibly rewarding and inspiring," The relationships, celebrations, failures, risks and memories, make all the sacrifices seem like a group badge of honor that you wear proudly on your sleeve. These entrepreneurs astounded me with their innovation and go get it attitude and Barn Raiser is a more than worthy winner.”
As part of the First Prize package, Fibernetics is providing a NEWT Small Business Bundle, including Unlimited Internet, two business phone lines with Unlimited Canadian Long Distance, free of charge to Barn Raiser for the next two years.
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