Over 500 people attended the Cascadia Summit this past Friday and 16 finalists made the cut to pitch to the judging panal of Dafina Toncheva from US Venture Partners, Sumeet Jain from Intel Capital, Bill Bryant from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Alireza Masrour from Plug and Play Ventures, Mahendra Ramsinghani from Mod N Labs, and Frederic Lardinois from TechCrunch.
The Cascadia Summit closed out the Vancouver Startup Week and in the end three were selected as winners, thus capturing a $25,000 investment from Plug and Play Canada and an opportunity to be situated in Silicon Valley at the Plug and Play Tech Center for three months. The three selected finalists were Optigo Networks, Control and Magicflix.
“Congratulations to all the companies who were shortlisted to be part of the Cascadia pitch competition, including 12 from B.C.,” said Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Andrew Wilkinson. “The Cascadia Summit draws hundreds of people from across Western Canada and the U.S. and showcases our province as a great place for tech companies to grow and for industry leaders to invest.”