Here’s your chance to win a spot for three to six months at one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the U.S. and $10,000 to keep things cushy.
We’re Innovacorp. Nova Scotia's early stage venture capital organization. We’ve made some new friends down in Crystal City – Disruption Corporation.
These guys have a sweet place to call home. We’re talking 27,000 sq ft of workspace just outside Washington, D.C. Plus, they’ve mainlined start-ups and international customers, investors and partners.
Now’s the time to get your fix. Maybe we can hook you up.
Just tell us what your high-growth Canadian tech company brings to the table, using this simple online application form. Your deadline is Thursday, March 26, 2015 (please note this deadline is a slight extension from the original), which is plenty of time to fill us in. Innovacorp and Disruption will choose the best of the best and announce a winner before the end of March. Your stint in Crystal City’s marvellous tech ecosystem can happen anytime after that.
What’s in it for you?
Award-winning office space at Disruption Corporation
You’ll spend 90-180 days in one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the U.S. – Crystal City, just outside Washington, D.C., in Disruption’s 27,000 sq ft workspace. We're calling our (your?) portion of the space Disruption Canada. It has a certain ring, we think.
Mentorship and expertise
Chances are “the right minds” are within minutes of the Canadian space at Disruption, to help your founders navigate the path to growth. In fact, even the current residents (all are in the Crystal Tech Fund portfolio) could be helpful neighbours.
Exposure to potential customers and partners
New customers and partners are good! The D.C. area includes headquarters for NEA, Revolution, Valhalla, Middleland, Fortify, TDF, In-Q-Tel, CIT and offices for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, PBS, General Dynamics, CEA, Canon, Vornado Charles E. Smith, Aerospace Corporation, National Cooperative Bank, Battelle, Food Marketing Institute, and Finemeccanica, Living Social, Carlyle, BAE Systems, Northrup Grumman, Booz Allen, Marriott, Discovery Communications, MedImmune, and National Institutes of Health.
Access to venture capital investors
There are billions of risk capital dollars in D.C. and the surrounding area. Plus, investors are regularly on site at Disruption and most are already co-investors in many of Disruption’s portfolio companies.
A hub for technology events and gatherings
Start-up pitch competitions, networking sessions, funding seminars and leadership dinners, they all happen at Disruption – all the time. That means more expertise, more talent, more money and more fun.
The demographics of the D.C. area are pretty incredible. Outside of San Francisco and NYC, you won't find a more educated workforce anywhere else in the U.S. Teams looking to recruit smart talent can find it in and around Crystal City. Maybe some of that talent will even follow your company when you head home to Canada.
Brooke Salkoff leads all Disruption’s media and marketing efforts. She joined the Disruption team after 17 years as an anchor at various NBC affiliates across the country. Her job is to get Disruption companies into TV, radio and print. She’s really good at her job.
Exposure to a sense of urgency and confidence
Your company will be in close proximity to fast-growing U.S. technology companies. For better or worse (we think it’s “for better”), you’ll be immersed in the fast pace world of your American peers, and you'll be reminded that you can do it too.
Disruption is Paul Singh’s baby
Everybody’s friend, Paul Singh is the founder of Disruption Corporation; a former partner at the 500 Startups fund and accelerator in Silicon Valley; the Entrepreneur in Residence with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and DHS/USCIS; a founder of several start-ups (including two sizable exits); and more. If you can stand his straight-shooting potty-mouth, Paul (and his friends) can help your start-up.
Cold, hard cash.
What kind of companies are we talking about?
Companies that want to get in on this magnificent opportunity must:
- Have a strong team with lots of hustle
- Be Canadian-based
- Be backed by a reputable venture capital organization
- Have a fully-built and commercializable product and be generating revenue
- Have cash to cover travel and living expenses and the runway to sustain your company for a year
- Can send at least one senior member (C-level or founder) and a business development person
- Have hustle (Oh, did we say that already? It's just that Disruption is not an accelerator or an incubator, so you need to be able to make things happen by yourself.)
Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.