The first ever Startup Weekend Kitchener-Waterloo took place this month at the Communitech Hub in Kitchener. 105 participants pitched 44 ideas and formed 12 teams to battle it out for glory and startup swag.
We headed over from Toronto to show our support for the event. Chris had some tough questions for the teams on Sunday night as part of the judging panel, and I dropped by on Saturday to meet the incredible organising team. Congratulations to Andrea, Briton, Chelsea and everyone else who did a great job on this event! I picked up some great tips from Startup Weekend Facilitator Sally on how to manage mentors more effectively - I'm excited to put my new knowledge into practice at the next Startup Weekend Toronto.
It was also great to see the beautiful Communitech space in action. It's perfect for an event like Startup Weekend, as well as being the home to the winners of Startup Weekend Toronto 2012, GroupNotes, who are part of the Hyperdrive incubator's current cohort of startups. It's always great to see some of our alumni doing so well.
The winner of the first Startup Weekend Kitchener Waterloo was HomeFed who pitched a platform to connect travellers with home-cooked and authentic foods wherever they are, by matching them with enthusiastic local hosts who will cook for them.
Second place went to Fides, a social media analytics company that aimed to turn data into meaningful insights that would allow social media manager to learn from their audience and followers to predict what their audience wants and needs. Third was bagged by ZeroWaitThirty, an excellently-named B2B that allowed restaurants to manage wait times and customer expectations.
There are some great pics from the event on the Startup Weekend Kitchener-Waterloo Facebook page. And if that's whet your appetite for a slice of Startup Weekend, why not head to Startup Weekend Hamilton on April 26?
(And for all your Torontoites reading this, make sure you check back on the blog later this week for a very important Startup Weekend Toronto announcement!)
One last thing - if you took part in a previous Startup Weekend Toronto and you have news about your startup please let me know! I'd love to include you in one of our upcoming newsletters or give you a shout-out on Twitter.- Holly