IDEABOOST Cohort 7 Meets for First Weekend Intensive
By Margaret DeRosia ● April 12, 2018 11:30
The Canadian Film Centre Media Lab’s (CFC Media Lab) IDEABOOST Accelerator recently held the first of its four weekend intensives from March 23 to 25. Here, experienced executives, investors and staff met, mentored and challenged the five Cohort 7 companies and their founders: Lesley Klassen (The Campfire Union); Paul Greenberg (Creatubbles); Erin Millar (Discourse Media); Sid Bhargava and Pat Whelan (Paddle HR); and Alexa Roeper (Penta Medical). Read more about their companies and connect with the founders here.
Enjoy these highlights!
Clockwise from top: IDEABOOST program director Aaron Williamson sets the stage; IDEABOOST managing director Ana Serrano delivers opening remarks; Everyone gathers for an icebreaker.
Program director Aaron Williamson facilitated a mix of formats, from founder pitches to mentor-founder product demos; from playful icebreakers to one-on-one “office hours”; from diving into “what won’t work” to celebrating what has; and from brainstorming to optimizing business models.
Alexa Roeper, Co-founder and CEO, Penta Medical.
Sid Bhargava (left) and Pat Whelan (top right), Co-founders and CEOs, Paddle HR.
Erin Millar, Founder and CEO, Discourse Media.
Networking continues over a delicious lunch.
Paul Greenberg, Co-founder and CEO, Creatubbles.
Lesley Klassen, CEO and Co-founder, The Campfire Union.
This year's cohort represents five strong later-stage companies, each of whom will benefit from an increase in per-company funding this year, up to $50,000 from previous Accelerator cohorts.
Site of the Accelerator's first weekend intensive, the Northern Dancer Pavilion on the grounds of the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto.
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Photos by Brian de Rivera Simon.