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Calling Up Atlantic Canada Start-Ups

In its search for the top 15 startups across Canada, Metabridge is inviting applications from Atlantic Canadian companies.

Taking place June 12-13 in Kelowna, B.C., Metabridge is a networking, mentorship and pitching event at which some of the leading North American investors and entrepreneurship specialists will get together with the country’s leading growth-stage companies.

Andrew Greer, program manager at Accelerate Okanogan and an organizer of Metabridge, said in a discussion last week that the targets are established tech startups enjoying a high-growth trajectory. These are companies that would benefit most from meeting investors and mentors to help them develop into bona fide corporations.

The mentors at the 2013 event included some faces familiar to Atlantic Canada: Reza Kazempour, the San Francisco-based CEO of Halifax’s Oris4; Paul Singh, Partner at 500 Startups, who attended both the Atlantic Venture Forum and MentorCamp last year; and Atlee Clark, Executive Director of C100, who visited Atlantic Canada last summer.

“There are 15 openings for top startups across Canada to get front-of-the-line access to top corporate executives, venture capitalists, and mega entrepreneurs from California’s Silicon Valley and other technology centres across North America,” said material from Metabridge.  “This is a competitive process and we are looking for the best and brightest.”

Applications are available here and the deadline is April 21.

Metabridge will give qualifying companies access to all the events, cover their food and beverage costs, and help them secure discounted hotel rooms. The startups must pay their own way to Kelowna.