It’s that time of year again the mega tech conferences are back with a bang! Probably the biggest conference in the calendar is the Collision Conference that’s making its first appearance in Toronto this May! Winfooz is delighted to say that are a featured startup at the event and we will be taking part in the events ALPHA startup program. These mega conferences are a surefire way of reaching potential customers, showing our products to the public, making partnerships, networking and attracting serious investment. This basically means floor space is highly coveted with approminatly 90,000 attendees descending on the event including industry leaders to VC’s and everything in between. You can see why we are proud to be involved but what is the ALPHA program and how does it benefit your company? Let’s find out:
What is the Collision Conference?
First things first the ALPHA Startup program is the startup program being run by Collision Conference, one of the biggest tech shows in the world created by the same team behind Web Summit.
This is going to be their first year in Toronto after outgrowing their previous homes in Las Vegas and New Orleans with 90,00 atteendees expected to hit the exhibition floor over the couple of days. Some of these atteendees includes media, venture capitalists, industry leaders and startups. The startup
So what is an ALPHA Startup
The APLHA program is built with startups in mind. It’s a brilliant opportunity for companies like ourselves to pitch ourselves on the exhibition floor, show our skills in the PITCH competition and avail of some workshops, investor meetings and mentorship hours. If you want to display at the Collision Conference, companies are put into one of three categories:
- ALPHA – Your startup is in the pre-investment stage or has under $1 million in funding.
- BETA – Your startup has launched successfully and is often one of Collision’s startup alumnus.
- GROWTH – Your company is experiencing exponential growth and expanding globally. And if you’ve often raised over $3 million.
Essentially the Alpha startup program gives startups with outstanding potential a platform to show their work and connect with some very influencial people.
Why become an ALPHA Startup
Apart from the what we have already mentioned in terms of access to industry leaders, mentors and of course the PITCH competition where entrants have the opportunity to win investment, the benefits of becoming an ALPHA Startup are as follows:
With over 750 journalists from the world’s leading publications, Collision offers a unique platform to tell the world your story. Engage with potential future users and industry-shaping voices looking for tomorrow’s top startups.
Meet investors from the world’s most influential funds. Investor Meetings are a series of pre-scheduled meetings designed to help selected startups meet the investors that can take them to the next level.
Start networking before arriving, meet potential leads and arrange meetings through the Collision app. After hours, the work continues as you can make valuable connections at Night Summit.
Collision gathers the tech talent that will make products stand out. Talk to them in dedicated developers’ stages and lounges or reach them before you even get to Toronto – simply open the app and start the conversation.
At the event
Now we know why you want to be an ALPHA Startup and what benefits it has to the business, the next big question is…. what do we do at the Collision Conference?
As an ALPHA
As a company exhibiting all you need to bring yourself is promotional material and business cards, freebies, swag or small company mascots and of course anything you may want to demo.
Participating in PITCH empowers startups to generate significant traction and garner confidence in creating a strong pitch.
As a startup, it’s always wise to take advice from the experts, that’s why Collision has put together the Mentor Hours for their ALPHA Startups. These mentor hours are a series of pre-scheduled, hour-long meetings between high-level attendees and startups. Mentors donate an hour of their time to coach seven startups in a group setting. This mix of backgrounds means the session will be shaped by individual and collective experiences in the startup community. Mentor Hours comprises of four topics each of which has a different focus to cover your companies most important interests and challenges.
For Collision, it always looks great for them when their investors and startups collide. This is why they take a whopping 414 variables into consideration recommending the startups with the most to gain from investors’ advice.
If a match is determined for your startup, our
Investors in attendance
The Collision Conference as we mentioned is expecting huge attendance, only right when it’s one of the biggest tech conferences in the world. That means it attracts some of the biggest investors in the world too. According to the Collision websitethere are 50 investors featured with backgrounds throughout the tech space and although we would love to list them all we have picked three to give you a better idea of who to expect:
Co-founder & General Partner at Founder Collective
Eric Paley is a Partner at Founder Collective. Eric’s investments include Uber, Cruise, Makerbot, Airtable, & The TradeDesk. Eric was named to Forbes Midas List for the past three years. Previously, Eric founded Brontes, which is now part of 3M.
CEO and Partner at Y Combinator
Michael Seibel is the CEO of YC. He was the cofounder and CEO Justin.tv and Socialcam. Socialcam sold to Autodesk in 2012 and under the leadership of Emmett Shear, Justin.tv became Twitch.tv and sold to Amazon in 2014.
General Partner at BlueRun Ventures
Cheryl is a General Partner at BlueRun Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. She focuses on early stage mobile & real-time data opportunities.
How to become an ALPHA Startup
The event is fast approaching and while the entry window for this year is sure to be closed it’s still good to know how you can apply for next year. Here’s the process
- Apply through the Collision Conference website
- Speak with their specialist startup team to discuss the business, goals and plans for the event
- Once the above is complete their team will screen you and identify the most promising businesses and entrepreneurs to join the event
If you would like to see how Collision score potential startups they have a great article on the WebSummit blog.
Events like Collision are great for the local area. As we mentioned there is expected roughly 90,000 people attending and that alone is great for the local economy. Beyond
Looking forward to seeing everyone there, we can’t wait to see you.