The C100 has opened nominations for its 48 Hours in the Valley program, a semiannual program that connects founders with the Silicon Valley entrepreneur network. The first program will run between June 20 to 21.
“This is Canada’s time,” said Laura Buhler, C100’s executive director. Buhler formally announced her appointment as director in February 2017. “This year marks Canada’s 150th anniversary and as we celebrate this milestone, C100 hopes to inspire the next wave of Canadian entrepreneurs to have a monumental impact on the nation’s future.”
The theme for both its summer and winter programs is “the future of,” and will feature TED-style talks on the future of industries like machine learning and talent acquisition, and cover topics like raising a Series A and advice from a CTO on building an engineering team. All participants are matched with a mentor from the C100 charter member community for support and feedback.
The program also includes lessons learned and practical advice on navigating Silicon Valley, intensive workshop sessions, and pitch development workshop and competition with VC firms. Each company will also have scheduled VC meetings.
To qualify for the program, companies must have at least US $1 million annual revenue, US $1 million funding to date, or 100,000 users. They must also be growing revenue or users by more than 10 percent monthly.
Past 48 Hrs participants include Wealthsimple, which is quickly expanding across Canada and the US; Clearpath Robotics, which raised a $39 million Series B; Figure 1, which just announced that it signed on over one million users.