Vancouver’s Launch Academy: Demo Day, with a Twist

July 24, 2012

1:00 pm

In a typical demo day, each of the companies graduating from an accelerator gets a few minutes to pitch their idea, show off their wit, and hopefully win the hearts of investors.

But today, the startups from Launch Academy are under more pressure: they have just 60 seconds to catch the crowd’s eye. Only the top five get a chance for a full, five-minute presentation, plus five minutes of questions. At stake is a trip to Seattle to pitch investors and a spot at Launch@Grow, a startup showcase in August that will attract hundreds of attendees.

This is the first demo day for Launch Academy, a 3-month incubator program in Vancouver. Here are tonight’s competitors:


  • Placeling: An iPhone app to create a virtual map of your world, adding relevant information and recommendations from friends.
  • OfVancouver: An iPad app for discovering Vancouver, whether you’re a local, a newcomer, or a traveler. Created by Flat World Apps.
  • Iinnii Interactive News Network: A news site where you can share community news without having it filtered through the mainstream media.
  • For Two Please: A site featuring hundreds of local date ideas.


  • Thinkific: Online and mobile classes currently focused on entrepreneurs, standardized test takers, and professionals. Cofounded by former teacher Greg Smith and veteran tech entrepreneur Matt Smith.
  • GoSoftWorks: Creators of iPhone and iPad apps for learning about astronomy, like GoSkyWatch and GoSatWatch.
  • Unitclass: A social learning platform that gets students to interact and learn outside of class.


  • KarmaHire: Helps businesses hire with video interviews and technical tests.
  • CoopStudent: Connects businesses with co-op students looking for jobs.
  • MomoJobs: A recruiting site where anyone can refer a candidate for a job, and collect a referral fee if that person is hired.
  • Jobmodo: Tools to bring in potential candidates from your business’s social networks, including a Facebook job page.


  • Chloi Inc: Services for businesses to help them market their apps faster and more cheaply, like APIs and cloud services.
  • netlek: Marketing software that helps you create an SEO-optimized website, post to Facebook and Twitter, send sales emails, and ultimately find new clients.
  • FluidFeatures: Helps you test your product by controlling which users see which features.
  • Ockamo: Analytics tools that track information about your online customers.
  • SpaceList: A marketplace for renting commercial spaces.


  • four53: Software for dynamic web presentations.
  • DecideOnline: A tool for soliciting opinions, like which logo is best for your company.


Update: Launch Academy selected three winners: netlek, Battlefy, and Thinkific.

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