Fusion Forum

Fusion Forum

October 26, 2009 11:00 ET

Fusion Forum 09's Best in Show Judges Include Google and Plug and Play

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2009) - Innovation, fortune and fame will be at stake for 20 up and coming Canadian digital media entrepreneurs during the 3rd annual Fusion Venture Forum on November 12th and 13th at the UBC Robson Square Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Canada.

Organizers New Media BC announced today that Fusion's "Best in Show" judges will be Tom Duterme, Corporate Development Manager at Google Inc., Saeed Amidi, CEO/President and Founder of Plug and Play Tech Center and Steve Hnatiuk, Founder and Partner at Yaletown Venture Partners. The "Best in Show" presenter will receive paid airfare to San Francisco and three month placement at the prestigious Plug and Play Tech Centre accelerator in Sunnyvale, California.

The National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and Bootup Entrepreneurial Society in support of New Media BC are also pleased to announce that all entrepreneurs can now participate at Fusion Forum for no additional cost above the regular attendee price of $100. "Our community has a history of producing some of the most notable digital media companies in the world," says Maura Rodgers, Executive Director of Bootup Entrepreneurial Society. "We challenge our best entrepreneurs to step forward and show the international investors what our community is made of."

The package includes full access to the event, including networking lunch and reception. Presenting companies will also have free access to "Entrepreneur Bootcamp" training sessions, presentation coaching, and a chance to pitch at the Forum on November 12th and potentially have one-on-one meetings with visiting investors from Silicon Valley.

"New Media BC is thrilled to have the support of NRC-IRAP and Bootup Entrepreneurial Society to provide such great value to BC and Canadian entrepreneurs," said Rochelle Grayson, Interim President at New Media BC. "We have lined up first-class investors and industry experts, and we are looking forward to showcasing the best digital media talent and opportunities BC and Canada has to offer."

The deadline for registrations has been extended to Friday, October 30th to allow companies to take advantage of this special rate. Reimbursements will be made for companies who have already signed up at the full rate.

Entrepreneurs attending Fusion Forum will present some of the latest innovations brewing in Canada's hottest industry to top tier investors from Silicon Valley and beyond. Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of Flickr, who himself is working on a new venture, will Keynote the event to share his success story with members of the thriving Digital Media community in Vancouver.

The Fusion Venture Forum 2009 is made possible with support from Telefilm Canada, the National Research Council Canada and the Bootup Entrepreneurial Society.

For more information: www.thefusionforum.com

New Media BC
New Media BC is the industry association representing BC's 1,100+ digital media companies working in video games, animation, visual effects, interactive marketing & design, social media, Web 2.0 and eLearning. Based on consultation with our members, we provide professional development, business development, networking and advocacy services and promote worldwide recognition of BC's Digital Media Industry.

The National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
NRC-IRAP is expanding the Canadian innovation system. We are the Government of Canada's premier innovation and technology assistance program, supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in communities across Canada by providing financial, technological and networking assistance.

Bootup Entrepreneurial Society (BES)
Founded by a group of veteran entrepreneurs, the Bootup Entrepreneurial Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the entrepreneurial ecosystem in BC and building a solid infrastructure that is well honed to support digital media entrepreneurs. Through outcome driven educational workshops, access to experienced international mentors and rockin' networking events, BES provides entrepreneurs with the resources and connections needed to start and grow their digital media businesses. www.bootup.ca

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