On Nov 15, 2013 Prince George had their 2nd Startup Weekend for the year. 40 people participate in the intense weekend. Of those 40, 17 pitched brand new ideas. Of those 17, 6 startup companies were created.
The weekend was about courageous participants willing to share their ideas, meet people they didn’t know before and work intensely to create a business in 54 hours.
The event was run solely via volunteers passionate about bringing Startup Weekend to Prince George.
The businesses that were created from that weekend once again showed the importance for NTES to continue to be the champion for technology and engineering education in the North. All 6 of the startups that were created leveraged some kind of technology.
- Trip Monitor – an app to track your vehicles mileage for tax purposes
- I Digg U – an app to take you from friends to something more
- Map Care– scheduling software for Northern Health
- Retro Town – creating a social network within your neighborhood
- Song Pong – creating custom songs online between artists
- Honey Badger Mobile– mobile app for sports teams on the road
At the end of the weekend, just over 90 people packed into the Copper PG to watch the finale. Once again, the energy was contagious. They had representatives from various local organizations, the Startup PG community and local residents looking to soak up the energy of the entrepreneurial spirit.
Even the Honorable MLA Shirley Bond was able to attend.
They had 5 judges – ranging from local entrepreneurs, ICS board members, and even longtime MLA, previous cabinet minster, Pat Bell (also an entrepreneur) in attendance helping us make the tough decision of choosing a winner.
Startup Weekend was covered in the media as well with 6 different stories from various media outlets.
The momentum of this event was clearly important to raising the awareness and need for technology and engineering programs in the North.
Check out the video from this event: