wrap of meetup #5 – brew & pitch night

Our Brew & Pitch Night at Persephone Brewing was a night of discussion on entrepreneurship and tech.  22 people involved in tech related work on the sunshine coast enjoyed some fine local craft brew (the stout is amazing) while listening to six @SCtechhub members pitch ideas and projects they are pondering or working on.

The Sunshine Coast Credit Union again stepped in support of the sunshine coast digital economy and local enterpreneurship to sponsor the evening.

Sunshine Coast Credit Union

Here are the slides introducing the evening.

Persephone CEO and Communty Futures ED Brian Smith warmed up the audience with a summary of Persephone’s progress since opening last year, which has been spectacular. Brian also welcomed on behalf of CF opportunities to connect with the tech community and tech entrepreneurs.

Each presenter had 10 minutes to pitch their project and field questions. We heard about local business, networking, collaboration, and economic development opportunities. The audience asked questions and provided ideas and challenges to inspire people forward.


A technology based Social Enterprise to promote Economic Development on the Sunshine Coast. presented by Banjo Benjamin  banjo {at} sol3 ca

Banjo suggested that data and the power of big data mining are key to economic development on the Sunshine Coast. By strategically analyzing data that is already available, collecting a bit more, and broadcasting what we learn online, we can encourage Coast2Coast B2B that will keep investment and money on the Coast rather than sending it elsewhere.

From Banjo, One of the challenges of forming an Economic Development strategy is access to detailed data of current conditions. This should be the starting point to any Economic Development initiative.

The Sunshine Coast economy is much like an Island economy which provides some advantages when trying to model it. It is small and insular and sourcing and supply can be costly. This project seeks to collect that data and undertake a more interesting and technologically oriented approach to developing the economy using current tools.

Our approach is to collect comprehensive economic data and provide local businesses with tools that will improve their local sourcing and supply chain activities. This approach will indirectly provide an increased level of local economic resilience and activity for the business on the Sunshine Coast that use the tool by reducing the frequency of leakage from our Coast economy. Regardless of the project, the quality of the data that we wish to collect will be invaluable to local governments and business organizations.


Dave Hawkins presented a visual calculation app (think Excel but in a diagram map format) that his company designed for a specific industry and is now evolving into a generic calculation app for any flow & process diagrams that involve calculations or variables. The group was impressed with the versatility of the current application and imagined many uses for it. Here is Dave’s presentation to give you some visuals of the engine.


Dwayne Dobson on the board of Sechelt Innovations Ltd (SIL) walked us through how SIL is eager to support new technology business development in Sechelt and is wondering if a coast-wide group of technology specialists might be possible to assess and support funded technology proposals and projects.

Here are some reflections from Dwayne after the evening… What did I learn?  I learned that perhaps the best marketing to the tech industry is by example. For example, Dave’s Device Lab has the potential to attract a tech community. Perhaps organizations, like Sechelt Innovations, can contribute to the growth by investing money into an existing or potential start up? Exposure for individuals / small tech groups might be the key, is social media to feature the tech. …Although way over my head in terms of tech capabilities I whole heartedly support this group. I look forward to being an active participant / observer. 


Richard Hoath presented stream|vu – a mobile first solution providing staff an easy to use single source to stay current on events as they are occurring across their activity intensive operation. stream|vu aggregrates and filters data from across enterprise data stores in real-time to push personalized and interactive event streams to each user. They are currently holding customer interviews to drive the next version of the prototype. Here is Richard’s presentation.


Dave Chisholm presented four seed ideas (some actually counted five) and each one had good prospects and generated discussion.


And, finally, Dave Arthur pitched the idea of a mobile device lab for the Sunshine Coast, which was well supported by the audience.



Big thanks to Ed Penaud, CAO, with the Sunshine Coast Credit Union for stepping up early to sponsor the event with gift certificates for the top 3 pitches. It was a close race for second but Banjo’s pitch was deemed the best of the night.

We thank Persephone Brewing and staff for providing a friendly and relaxed venue for the event.

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