On November 9th, the Angel Investors Challenge unveiled the members of its 2011 cohort. The Angel Investors Challenge is a training program, pitch competition and opportunity for startups to get introduced to quality mentors and investors.
The startups participating in 2011 (in no particular order) include:
- Calendarspots.com (Software)
- MyPhoneKey (IT services)
- Ambrosia Tech. (Software)
- Monumental Tech. (Mobile)
- pplconnect (Mobile)
- Ego6 (Clean Technology)
- Otheka (Internet / Web services)
- Studio Atomfreak Inc. (Gaming)
- Invup (Internet / Web services)
- Confitent (Medical devices)
- Nuevadent (Medical devices)
- QA on request (Internet / Web services)
- Sentimed (Healthcare services)
The teams have already received a first round of feedback on their business plans by the Selection Committee and will now receive training on tightening up their presentations and delivery. They will also get a chance to meet some of Montréal’s most accomplished serial entrepreneurs to get feedback and mentorship. The next major step for the teams is a dry run of their presentations on November 23rd before small panels of local angels.
On December 1st, the companies will make their final pitches to a jury of Anges Québec which will be followed by cocktail event during which the 2011 finalists will be announced. The three to four finalist teams will then get to present to private meeting of Anges Québec members in the first quarter of 2012. One of last year’s finalists, ModaSuite, subsequently secured an investment from Anges Québec and Montréal-based Real Ventures.
This is an exciting time for the cohort and the next few weeks will be eventful to say the least. I wish the teams the best of luck and I am looking forward to some great pitches on December 1st!