Sprout Up is a monthly event for forward-thinking entrepreneurs to gather and mind-meld. A great chance for startups 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 Wednesday, April 18th The Courthouse. The guest speaker will be Matt Meeker, co-founder at Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/), founder at Wee Web (http://wee-web.com/homepage), and Entrepreneur in Residence at Dogpatch Labs (http://dogpatchlabs.com/). Matt’s latest venture is BarkBox (https://barkbox.com/), a subscription service for dog owners, which raised $100,000 in capital from Gary Vaynerchuk and others. Matt is also a Sprouter expert, and you can read his previous QA session here (http://sprouter.com/mmeeker).
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 will sell out, and we can't always accommodate everyone on the waiting list. 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.
Date: Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Cost: $12 per ticket (roughly $10 + HST)
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)
Matt Meeker, co-founder, Meetup.com, Entrepreneur in Residence at Dogpatch Labs
Participating startups: Startup demos include MappedIn (http://company.mappedin.com/), and Tradyo (https://tradyo.com/). If you'd like to apply to present at Sprout Up please email a description of your company to [masked].
Make sure you RSVP to get your connection nametag at the event. For more information contact Jon at jon[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.com (http://sprouter.com/)
More about guest speaker Matt Meeker:
Matt was a co-founder at Meetup.com, and is the Entrepreneur in Residence at Polaris Ventures. He launched Meetup.com in 2002, and the service currently boasts more than 8 million members in 100 countries, and is host to thousands of meetups globally - including one that should seem quite familiar!
Meeker left Meetup in 2008, but still serves as an advisor. He is currently a co-founder at New York startup BarkBox, a subscription-commerce company serving dog owners, which raised $100,000 in capital from several angel investors, including Gary Vaynerchuk. Matt is also EIR at Polaris Ventures, and gets to work with 16 early-stage startups on a daily basis through their incubator program Dogpatch Labs.
More about Sprout Up:
Sprout Up is made up of three main components:
Startup Demos – 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