Backbone Start Me Up Innovation Campaign

The 2nd Annual Backbone

Start Me Up
Innovation Campaign

Raising innovative entrepreneurs to the next level

Follow our winners!

$100,000 in prizes: cash, business services, products, mentoring
and a year of media coverage

Entrants: innovative Canadian technology start-ups
with a great business plan and less than $2 million in annual sales

Entries closed 11:59 PM EST on March 30, 2013

Pitch-Off event videos 

The Pitch-Off event was held in Toronto on May 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm EST


2013 Innovation Campaign 

John Myers and Steve Dietrich  Backbone Start Me Up Innovation Campaign 2013 - Top 10 Finalists  Backbone Start Me Up Innovation Campaign 2013 videos
Winners Top 10 Finalists Videos:
Pitch-Off Event
 Start-up blog takes off  Innovation campaign pitch-off event Innovation campaign press release  
Blog  Pitch-Off Event  Testimonials  
 Innovation Campaign judges 2012 Backbone Innovation Campaign prizes  Innovation campaign questions
Judges   Prizes   Campaign
 Innovation Campaign rules Backbone Innovation Campaign sponsors  Backbone Innovation Campaign supporters 
  Rules  Sponsors  Supporters  


The campaign is consistent with Backbone’s mandate of inspiring innovation and helping companies learn from other businesses, says Steve Dietrich, Publisher of Backbone magazine. “The process and the content becomes a live case study, which not only creates a valuable profile for the winner but will also provide great stories for our readers. It is also an opportunity for Backbone and our sponsors to further Canada’s overall competitiveness on the world stage.”



2012 Innovation Campaign 

 Zhang and Kedmey of EidoSearch  Top 10 - Alpha Exchange Innovation Campaign 2012  Kedmey and Zhang and other pitch-off videos
Winner   Top 10 Finalists   Videos:
Pitch-Off Event
Innovation campaign pitch-off event   Backbone Innovation Campaign sponsors Backbone Innovation Campaign supporters 
Stories   Sponsors  Supporters  


Complete details:

Start Me Up - The Backbone Innovation Campaign 2013 - 2nd Annual

Start Me Up! - The Alpha Exchange Innovation Campaign presented by Backbone magazine in 2012

For sponsorship details contact: 
Steve Dietrich
Publisher, Backbone magazine  

For assistance contact:
Sue Ansell
Backbone Online communications manager 


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