Sprout Up January

Sprout Up is a monthly event for forward-thinking entrepreneurs to gather and mind-meld. A great chance for startups around the to get friendly, discuss current trends, and network in a casual, open, and focused setting. Sprout Up events have been held in cities around the world including Toronto, Montreal, NYC and London, and regularly have over 300 attendees.

We’re excited to announce the details of our next Sprout Up Toronto, taking place Tuesday, January 31st at The Courthouse. The guest speaker will be Charlie O'Donnell, an entrepreneur and investor who just launched seed investment firm Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. He's also one of Sprouter's startup experts - check out his past Q&A.

Tickets are $12 for this event - you must buy a ticket to attend and space is limited, so grab one while they're available! We'll also sell tickets at the door (space permitting). We're also trying to relevantly recommend people to meet at Sprout Up, so when you register you'll be asked to answer a couple questions so we can make a relevant connection.

Event details:

Date: Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Cost: $12 per ticket (roughly $10 + HST)
Time: 6pm-9pm
Agenda:
6-6:45 - registration
6:45-7:15 - startup demos
7:15-8 - guest speaker & questions
8-10 - networking
Place: The Courthouse, 57 Adelaide St. E (see a map, closest TTC station: King and Yonge)

Guest Speaker:

Charlie O'Donnell, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Participating startups:

Wattpad, Shopcastr, QuickTapSurvey (by TabbleDabble)

RSVP details:

Make sure you RSVP to get your connection nametag at the event. For more information contact Erin at erin[at]sprouter.com.

Join us & be a part of our Sprout Up! It’s going to be a fabulous night of invaluable insights, new & old friends, & of course your lovely hosts from Sprouter(www.sprouter.com).

More about guest speaker Charlie O'Donnell:

Charlie O'Donnell is the founder of seed investment firm Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. He has been an active member of the NYC venture capital and startup community for ten years in roles ranging from institutional fund investor to venture capitalist to entrepreneur. He has venture experience at two of the top venture capital firms in the country, Union Square Ventures and First Round Capital, and sourced First Round's Investment in GroupMe, which sold to Skype in 2011. The investments he sourced at First Round Capital also include Refinery29, chloe + isabel, Backupify, SinglePlatform, Salescrunch and Docracy.

His blog, This is Going to Be BIG! is ranked #6 among the top VC bloggers and his weekly innovation community newsletter is read by over 5,000 people in the NYC-area. He founded nextNY in 2006, which has run over 50 events on entrepreneurship and startup education and networking. He served on the original board of the New York Tech Meetup, and is one of the meetup's first 100 members. He has been named three times to the Alley Insider 100 Most Influential People in NY Tech.

More about Sprout Up:

Sprout Up is made up of three main components:
Innovation Demo – Pre-selected entrepreneurs share their innovative business ideas to the audience
Guest Speaker – Fabulous new speakers will be brought in each month to spur new discussions on relevant trends and ideas
Networking – Network with peers: share knowledge, experiences and drink

 

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  • JIm P.

    I thought that the venue was great and the speaker was excellent! I learned a great deal and even met a few people as well. Great job!

    February 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event, as always. Only small issues: a bit crowded. Fifty fewer people would probably have been perfect. It was tough to see the presenter from the balcony, so people started talking to each other which was distracting. Other than those small points, it was great as always!

    February 7, 2012

  • Ryan S.

    Great opportunity for meeting up with peers in the industry. It was an eye opener. I will DEFINITELY be attending more events.

    February 6, 2012

  • Zee J.

    With 500 people attending networking is a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. Please structure it next time with color coded tags for industry or interest or space.

    February 2, 2012

  • Zakir H.

    Great crowd and presenters. However, there were some logistical issues with name tags and crowd control. Otherwise, great event!

    February 1, 2012

  • Brian C.

    Enjoyed the content and forum. I also got re-energized.

    February 1, 2012

  • Kurt U.

    I loved the atmosphere, the start-up presentstions and the guest speaker. If I had to critique something it would be the long wait time for registration and the cramped seating arrangement.

    February 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good venue, slow registration process, met one solid contact...always a bonus. Why did I get an announcement of eveyone's need for a ticket, "looking forward to seeing you" messages? I didn't sign up for this as a sub twitter zone. Just the facts please, leave the comments page out of any further communicatons...please!!!!

    February 1, 2012

  • Joe C.

    I thought it was great- great insights and some great take aways

    February 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    the speaker was great, learned a lot. only complaint, obtaining the name tags = searching for a needle in the ocean. =)

    February 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I liked the event, many great entrepreneurs from the Toronto startup community!

    February 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A little too crowded for comfortable networking.

    February 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good event - need a better way to network - also bring in local Angel Investors they are a better fit US based VCs.

    February 1, 2012

  • Lisa D.

    Great speakers/information and we were introduced to applications we will actually use. Thanks for a great event.

    February 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    interesting speakers, kept on schedule which was refreshing for these type of events.

    February 1, 2012

  • Oleg A.

    Very nice and valuable event, especially for young entrepreneurs! Please keep up.
    You have to work on the following issues: too crowdy and noisy, a too tough environment for networking, poor organization. I hope you will be able to overcome these problems and ensure a better organization. Let me know if any help will be needed.
    Oleg Amurjuev, Ph.D.
    Mentor at ventureLAB

    February 1, 2012

  • Kate

    it was really good.

    February 1, 2012

  • Adam J.

    the guest speakers was very good. certainly addressed a lot of questions i had as a start-up entrepreneur.

    February 1, 2012

  • Chris H.

    Great event!

    February 1, 2012

  • Fred H.

    Met interesting entrepreneurs who are creating some very cool social and digital technology; enjoyed the three presentations and I look forward before too long being one of such three presentations on your stage; quite liked Charlie's sage advice and insights.

    February 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Over-sold and under-delivered. It was a claustrophobic waste of time. The keynote was weak and self centered. Twenty percent of the content was pure name dropping that was valueless and went right over my head. The rest was drivel.

    February 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great content but far too many people to see or hear the speakers. Seating only for approximately 25% of the people in attendance.

    February 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very busy. Try to get more developers there. Lots of people like me coming that are looking for developers but not many actual developers. There were some of course. All in all, a high quality event. Thanks.

    February 1, 2012

  • Elizabeth C.

    Enjoyed the Start-up demos more then main speaker.

    February 1, 2012

  • Murat B.

    Too many people, too loud, too much drinking.

    February 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    One man's post-game analysis: 1st of all big-ups to Erin Bury and Team Sprouter for putting together this obviously popular event. If we can handle name tag distribution better next time and colour-code the name tags to make networking easier and more structured that would be great. Also, good job on making 80% of people stand, this burns more calories, improves posture, and reduces aches and stiffness ;) Until next time.

    January 31, 2012

  • David M.

    Great set of presentations and guest speaker!

    January 31, 2012

  • Louis Di B.

    There were a lot of wonderful imaginative people at the event. And, the speakers all had something to contribute.

    January 31, 2012

  • Brandon

    Unfortunately had to leave the event early. Didn't get a chance to connect with any front end developers. Still looking for one to join my startup. Email if interested [masked]

    January 31, 2012

  • Haitham

    If you are a .Net developer give me a shout, hkaloub at gmail.com Looking forward to a great event!

    January 31, 2012

  • David M.

    Looking to collaborate with ecommerce folks using magento or prestashop [masked]

    January 31, 2012

  • Robert G.

    Mobile startup working with enterprise/business Android applications ...hit me @translucentcomp if you want to chat

    January 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll post my own ad: investors or designers looking to join a team that's about to change the residential real estate investment landscape in Canada (at first), hit me up on Twitter @lordeagle

    January 31, 2012

  • jordan

    @Anita thanks for the ticket

    January 31, 2012

  • Faisal

    IF someone is in kids IOS product(S) development/productions, OR investors, looking for innovate and exciting projects, would love to connect contact me @fanwar

    January 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you are an entrepreneur into renewables and will be at sprout up, let's get in touch... @navocity

    January 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone in healthcare space? You can reach me at [masked]

    January 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking to meet anyone working in supermarket & food brand verticals. We have an exciting new grocery shopping engagement platform and look forward to demonstrating it to any interested parties. Reach me at [masked]

    January 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've got an extra ticket as it's not looking like I can make it either. Pls email at [masked] if you would like it

    January 31, 2012

  • Mike P.

    I'm looking forward to meeting other social entrepreneurs who have an interest in renewable energy and/or tackling development challenges overseas. Hit me back @mikepietrzak on twitter if you want to connect!

    January 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Georgia! Can you email me at [masked] ?

    January 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kiran, use my ticket - I can't make it.

    January 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking for a ticket for tonight. Let me know if you have an extra. Thx.

    January 31, 2012

  • Azedine

    Thanks Alison for the invitation.

    January 31, 2012

  • Alison

    Anyone want to meet up before hand for a chat, drink, and bite to eat? I've made a reservation at Mercatto for 5pm, 15 Toronto Street at Adelaide. Reservation is under my name - Alison Gibbins. Come introduce yourself!

    January 31, 2012

  • Azedine

    Few hours left to be part of this big event. Evocolize.com

    January 31, 2012

  • nataleigh b.

    Sorry - tickets are taken. wow.

    January 31, 2012

  • Patricia

    Hello all,
    something came in, and cannot attend tonight. I have one ticket. email me at [masked]

    January 31, 2012

  • Richard L

    Or even 1.

    January 31, 2012

  • Richard L

    Looking for 2 tickets.. let me know if any come available!

    1 · January 31, 2012

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