‘This is Canada’s time’: Nominations open for C100’s 48Hrs in the Valley


Do you know a startup that deserves recognition and a little reward? Nominate them to head off to Silicon Valley for two days of learning and networking in North America’s celebrated tech hub.

48Hrs in the Valley will take place June 20-12 for its summer session. The twice-yearly event is the C100’s signature program for Canadian “pre-series A level startups.” The program invites 20 companies to participate in two full days of keynotes, workshops, mentorship, networking, and investor meetings.

“This is Canada’s time,” said C100’s executive director Laura Buhler. “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.”

According to the organization, the theme for this year’s summer and winter programs will be, “The Future of ___”, with “TED-Talk”-style talks on “The Future of Talent Acquisition” to “The Future of Machine Learning.”

Talks will include practical tips for raising a Series A and advice from a CTO on building an engineering team. Additionally, participants will be matched with mentors from the C100 charter member community. Program details will include a “Founder to Founder” discussion on lessons learned and practical advice on navigating Silicon Valley, intensive workshop sessions and pitch development workshop/competition with VC firms in attendance. Finally, each company will have scheduled VC meetings and will have the opportunity to network with one another and the broader C100 community.

“C100 is a collection of great minds,” said Tiam Korki, cofounder of Pressboard, a 48Hrs December 2016 Alumni company. “These are people with really large ambitions who are coming together to help each other and to essentially create the next generation of great companies from Canada.”

The 48Hrs in the Valley program has been running semi-annually since 2010. Notable 48Hrs alumni companies include Wealthsimple (‘15), Financeit (‘12), Clearpath Robotics (‘14), Figure 1 (‘13), Kik (‘10), Payfirma (‘12), and many more. In order to apply, companies must be nominated by a C100 Partner, Charter Member, a 48Hrs alumni company, or a C100 Ambassador. Applications open on March 20, when nominated companies will receive an application link from C100. Founders may also contact C100 for more information here.

Another heads up: C100’s monthly social, Canadians in Tech is coming to Palo Alto, California on April 27. Join C100 and its charter members, partners, and fellow Canadians in tech for a happy hour in the Valley. The first drink is on the C100.

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