MobileMonday Toronto

MobileMonday Toronto

January 16, 2007 09:01 ET

MobileMonday Toronto has Mobile Moguls Looking for Money

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 16, 2007) - On Monday, February 5th, MobileMonday Toronto, the mobile industry networking group, will open the floor for prospective mobile entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to some of Canada's leading Venture Capital companies. The focus of this session will be raising capital for mobile ventures. It will include participation from Sean Wise of Wise Mentor Capital, Ted Anderson, Managing General Partner from Ventures West and Steven Bloom, Chief Financial Officer from Brightspark.

The panel will provide guidance and their experience to attendees. Also, as a part of this session three budding mobile moguls from the Toronto area will be given the opportunity to pitch the Venture Capital panel on the merits of their business or idea, and why they should receive funding. Companies or individuals interested in being selected for pitching the Venture Capital companies should go to www.mobilemondaytoronto.com for details on participating.

"I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Mobile, especially the mobile internet is Web 3.0, with WiMax, the iPhone, and mobile VoIP all coming in 2007 mobile will be Web 3.0", says Sean Wise. Ted Anderson concurs, "Ventures West is very excited about the prospects of meeting emerging companies at this MobileMonday session." "Funding is a critical component for making companies successful, we hope to find Canada's next great mobile company" says Steven Bloom from Brightspark.

"Canada is a fertile ground for new, innovative ideas in mobile. These venture companies have helped make other businesses very successful. Helping make this happen, providing this opportunity for three entrepreneurs is what MobileMonday is all about" says Jim Brown and Alex Bosika, co-founders of MobileMonday Toronto.

The February 5th MobileMonday Toronto event starts at 6:30pm.

MobileMonday Toronto - February 5th, 2007 at 6:30pm

The Topic

Raising capital for mobile business ventures will be discussed by expert panelists.



- Concept
- Pitching VC's
- Valuations
- Do's and Don'ts of raising capital


Sean Wise: Principal, Wise Mentor Capital

Over the last 7 years, he has lectured at more than 100 bootcamps, financing forums and industry conferences. He has trained over 3000 entrepreneurs who collectively raised more than $900M from a wide variety of investment sources.

Sean sits on the Boards of several young technology companies, as well as the Banff Venture Forum and the Toronto Venture Group. He is the Chair of the 2007 Canadian Venture Forum and a member of both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Venture Capital Association. He also works with many not-for-profit groups including the Hospital for Sick Kids.

Sean's monthly column (entitled Wise Words) on Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship appears in the Globe and Mail. Sean also hosts podcast interviews with business leaders from around the world on his blog: www.SeanWise.com.

Sean studied Engineering and Economics at Carleton University before going on to get his Law and MBA degrees from the University of Ottawa.

Sean helped found Ernst & Young1s Venture Capital Advisory Group in Canada and now undertakes selective engagements from young companies looking for strategic guidance on capital raising and growth through the five person consultancy, Wise Mentor Capital (www.WiseMentorCapital.com).

The CBC has recently retained Sean to be their Industry Advisor and Online Host for their upcoming business reality show on venture capital and entrepreneurship: Dragons' Den (www.INSIDEtheDRAGONSden.com). In light of his participation in the show and after witnessing him auditioning contestants Sean was dubbed by the press as the "Dragons' Keeper".

Ted Anderson - Managing General Partner, Ventures West

Ted Anderson joined Ventures West in 1996 and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the firm. He is also involved with the firm's investment activities, with a focus on IT, telecommunications and semiconductors. Ted also represents Ventures West as the General Partner of the Eastern Technology Seed Investment Fund, a venture capital fund co-managed by Ventures West that was created in 1997 to provide seed stage financing for early stage technology projects in Eastern Canada.

Ted is a veteran of the Canadian venture capital industry with over 20 years experience in private equity investment. Ted began his career in venture financing in 1982 with Royal Bank Venture Capital and moved to BG Acorn Capital Fund in 1985.

Ted currently serves as a Director of AudienceView Software, Fortiva Inc., and Fresco Microchip. He is a past President and a former director of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, as well as an instructor in the MBA program at the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Ted holds a B.A. (Honours) in economics from the University of Toronto and an MBA from York University.

Steven Bloom - Chief Financial Officer, Brightspark

Steven Bloom is a C.A. and C.P.A. with over 10 years of experience in the technology industry. After spending several years at Ernst & Young, Steven participated in the growth of two separate technology start-ups in senior finance positions. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Finance with Descartes Systems Group Inc., one of Canada's leading public software companies and a specialist in e-business technologies, helping to take the company through its Nasdaq listing. Brightspark companies learn from Steven the complexities of full range corporate financing and how to effectively maximize the returns on their limited capital. He provides guidance about what it takes to financially manage a company from startup through to maturity. Steven is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario.

LOCATION:



Fort York Armory, FREE parking behind the Armory (north side)
Address: 660 Fleet Street, Next to the Officer's Mess Hall, 2nd Floor
Phone: (416) 755-1727
Time: 6:30pm


About MobileMonday Toronto

Co-founded by Alexander S. Bosika and Jim Brown, MobileMonday Toronto is a community of mobile professionals. The open community promotes the mobile industry and fosters cooperation and networking among industry people and their companies by providing opportunities for personal and virtual contacts. MobileMonday Toronto helps expose Toronto's mobile developers to foreign companies and markets.

MobileMonday Toronto Sponsors

CCN Matthews (www.ccnmatthews.com) is the official media sponsor for MobileMonday Toronto. Catering services provided by Stephanie Rubin's The Busy Bee (www.thebusybee.ca).

Want to sponsor us? Email us at sponsor(at)mobilemondaytoronto(dot)com.

Contact Information

  • MobileMonday Toronto
    Alexander S. Bosika
    Co-founder
    (416) 625-2302
    or
    MobileMonday Toronto
    Jim Brown
    Co-founder
    (416) 294-5754