Drew Dives Into the Lion’s Den

On Tuesday, May 15, SEAM founder and CEO Drew Henson had the good fortune of talking about our vision for smarter personal safety, by taking part in PitchItTO at Toronto City Hall, with fellow startups MeetScribe and Mindset, and special guest Toronto Mayor John Tory.

PitchItTO, is part of an series of events giving startups a platform for practicing their funding pitch in front of potential investors. The PitchIt series is put on by the fine folks at Open People Network (OPN) – a group of entrepreneurs and business professionals that provide key market disciplines,  helping startups with business fundamentals with the aim of building future leaders. OPN does amazing work, putting on these events and supporting startups year-round.

The event kicked off at 5:30 pm, as a palpable energy flowed through the reception area’s mini trade show. The show area featuring over a dozen startups, ranging from Rover Parking (who call themselves, “the Airbnb of parking”) to Eat My Shortbread, which is easily the most delicious shortbread we’ve ever tried. In fact, we’re still thinking about it.

Meeting the Mayor of Toronto

Toronto Mayor John Tory kicked off the pitch portion of the event with an inspiring introduction, which took place in the city council chambers. Tory said he’s, “wowed by entrepreneurs” adding that, “we have thousands upon thousands of jobs in established industries here, but they’re all going to be changing. And they’re going to be changing because you (startups) are going to help them to change and make the transformation they have to make to a different world.”

SEAM was the first of the three pitches, and there were some rules, laid down by Jeffery Potvin, the captivating host, and the evening’s emcee, The participants were limited to 11 minutes, followed by 1 minute of feedback from the investors and 5 minutes of Q&A from the crowd, who packed the room.

It was an amazing evening to be a part of and we’re grateful  to OPN for including usrt, the investors for hearing what we had to say, the sponsors Hardboot Inc , Flow Water  , StartUp HERE Toronto , the City Of Toronto and to everyone who came out to see the pitches and support.

The next PitchIt event will take place on July 16th, and whether or not you’re involved in the Toronto startup community, we highly recommend you check it out. You can register by visiting http://www.opn.ninja/sessions/pitchitto-city-hall-session-5/