IRIS Sponsors Startup Weekend 2019
December 2, 2019

IRIS is a proud supporter and member of Canada’s Innovation Ecosystem.

BEC: “The Brampton Entrepreneur Centre, in partnership with Startup Peel, hosted the Peel Region Techstars Startup Weekend 2019 from November 8-10. Over 50 designers, developers, marketers and entrepreneurs – more than 70 percent of them from Brampton - came together to share ideas, form teams and create tech startups.

IRIS CEO and Co-Founder, Emil was one of the Judges for this years Techstars Startup Weekend, a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. Startup Weekend has grown into an organization with a global presence. As of December 2018 Startup Weekend has reached 200 countries, involving over 210,000 entrepreneurs.

A picture of the winning team, Instabuy.

This year’s 1st place winning team: INSTABUY

Over 50 innovative individuals from across the Region kicked off the weekend by pitching their business ideas to the audience. Five of those ideas were selected, and participants, coaches and mentors collaborated around them over the weekend, aiming to turn initial business ideas into Minimum Viable Products (MVP) and services.

On Sunday night, three winning pitches were selected by the event judges (Declan Ramsaran, Managing Director at PANGEA Private Family Offices, Sara Masson, Director of Customer Success at Loopio, Emil Sylvester Ramos, Co-Founder at IRIS and Shauna-Kay Jones, Founder at Motify).
Winners received prizes totalling $30,000 in value to help launch their businesses including business coaching, print services, memberships and gift cards to support business launch and growth.”

A picture of iris' CEO with the instabuy team.

First place: InstaBUY
Several Brampton residents were part of the winning team that built a prototype that utilizes GPS, scanners and mobile technology. The goal? To provide consumers with access to the latest pricing of products they are purchasing including coupons, and allowing them to skip the line and cash out via their mobile device. The team of InstaBUY included Harsh Pandya, Christian Samaniego, Nathaniel Hawron.

An image of all the participants of the Techstars startup weekend.

The Brampton Economic Development Team Champions, Daniel Bishun, Melloney Campbell & Jennifer Vivian w/ Startup Peel Community