Submissions Open for CMW's 'Startup Launch Pad' Pitch Competition

Clipboard01Submissions are now being accepted for Canadian Music Week’s Startup Launch Pad, which is a pitch competition for new businesses that are based in or connected to the music industry. The deadline for submissions is March 19, 2018.

The competition will take place during this year’s CMW conference on Wednesday, May 9th at the Sheraton Centre Hotel.

“The conference is dedicated to further developing the Canadian music industry, and startups play an important role in that,” says Danya Dixon, CMW’s VP of programming. The competition will offer startups an opportunity for exposure and investment, as well as advice from top industry professionals. The event will be hosted by Darryl Ballantyne, CEO of LyricMerch.

Last year’s judges included merchant banker and Dragons’ Den panelist Michael Wekerle, Managing Director of Walden Venture Capital Larry Marcus, IAEL President Jeff Liebenson, Director of Mediaclarity Ltd Jeremy Silver, and Managing Partner at TAG Strategic Ted Cohen.

All startups selected to participate will receive CMW Conference passes and will be included in pre-show marketing materials.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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