48Hrs in the Valley

ARE YOU READY FOR THE VALLEY?


48HRS IN THE VALLEY INTRODUCES CANADA’S MOST PROMISING STARTUPS TO SILICON VALLEY'S TOP MENTORS, INVESTORS AND INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES

Twice a year, C100 brings up to 20 promising Canadian companies to Silicon Valley for 48Hrs of mentorship, networking opportunities, investor meetings, and unparalleled access to C100's extensive network in Silicon Valley. “48Hrs in the Valley” has been a signature C100 program with over 250 alumni companies since 2010.

48Hrs in the Valley has two cohorts every year - one in the Summer and one in Winter. These cohorts are comprised of late seed/pre-Series A startups who have demonstrated successful POCs, have exceptional growth prospects, and meet the 48Hrs general criteria.

Over 250 Alumni in 6 years


Thank you to all of the founders, Charter Members, partners, investors and mentors that make 48Hrs in the Valley a success! 


THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • One-on-one meetings with investors pre-screened to match your industry and specific business objectives

  • Custom workshops and presentations delivered by experienced entrepreneurs, investors and executives

  • Mentorship and venture guidance from mentors with specific knowledge about your industry and market

  • Introductions to a vast alumni network of Canada's top founders and startups

  • Networking events with C100 Charter Members, 48Hrs alumni, and Silicon Valley executives

  • Media coverage and promotional opportunities as a C100 48Hrs Company

 

48HRS SELECTION CRITERIA

General Criteria:

  • Nomination by a Charter Member, C100 Partner, or 48Hrs Alumnus.  

  • Headquartered in Canada

  • Must be at a late seed/pre-series A level at the time of applying

  • Demonstrated traction and growth (at least 10% MOM)

  • Company must be able to clearly benefit from the C100 network and resources in Silicon Valley

 

A few of our past VC participants:


June 2017 Speakers:

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy Founder, theBoardlist

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

Founder, theBoardlist

Angela Tran Kingyens Version One 

Angela Tran Kingyens

Version One 

Todd Simpson Venture Partner, iNovia

Todd Simpson

Venture Partner, iNovia

Lars Leckie Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

Lars Leckie

Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

Inmar Givoni Director, Machine Learning, Kindred.ai

Inmar Givoni

Director, Machine Learning, Kindred.ai

Arif Janmohamed Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners  

Arif Janmohamed

Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners

 

Marvin Liao Partner, 500 Startups

Marvin Liao

Partner, 500 Startups

Patrick Lor Partner, 500 Startups Canada      

Patrick Lor

Partner, 500 Startups Canada

     

Mike McCauley Founding Partner, Garage Capital; Former PM, Google X; Founder of BufferBox

Mike McCauley
Founding Partner, Garage Capital; Former PM, Google X; Founder of BufferBox

Geoff Lewis Partner, Founders Fund

Geoff Lewis

Partner, Founders Fund

Manoj Verma Co-Founder & CRO, TabaPay.com

Manoj Verma

Co-Founder & CRO, TabaPay.com

Anna Binder Head of People Ops, Asana 

Anna Binder

Head of People Ops, Asana 

Cathy Polinsky CTO, Stitch Fix  

Cathy Polinsky

CTO, Stitch Fix

 

Darrell MacMullin CEO, Goldmoney Network

Darrell MacMullin

CEO, Goldmoney Network

Oleg Rogynskyy CEO, People.ai  

Oleg Rogynskyy

CEO, People.ai

 

Patrick Pichette Former CFO, Google 

Patrick Pichette

Former CFO, Google 


What attendees are saying about 48Hrs

“The startup community is an ecosystem and the C100 gives you access to an amazing group of minds. The 48hrs in the Valley event can be a defining moment for your company - it certainly changed things for us.”
— Casper Wong, COO & Co-Founder of FinanceIt
“Attending the C100 48Hrs in the Valley event was tremendously valuable in many ways including helping us build great connections with people at Facebook. These contacts continue to help us years after we first met. Priceless.”
— Daryl Hatton, CEO of FundRazr
“The C100 challenges you to think big and our dealings with the organization have certainly helped us grow. Through mentoring, their special events and the networking opportunities, it has position our company for sustainable growth and year-after-year revenue increases.”
— Jim Barr, CEO of Seekers Media
“Getting noticed early on can often be a challenge for startups. The C100’s 48Hrs in the Valley provided a great launchpad for Kudos to introduce itself to both the Canadian Startup community as well as Silicon Valley’s.”
— Muni Boga, CEO of Kudos
“Attending 48Hrs in the Valley in 2014 was the single most valuable event I attended last year. The advice from mentors, keynotes and networking definitely helped shape our strategic thinking and has paid off in many ways. I would encourage any growing Canadian startup tech company to get involved with the C100 organization.”
— Chris Wiegand, CEO of Jibestream

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How Do I apply to 48Hrs?

Applications become available upon acceptance of a nomination by one of the C100's Partners, Charter Members or 48Hrs Alumni. C100 will be accepting nominations from Partners, Charter Members, and 48Hrs Alumni until March 20th. Sign up for our newsletter to receive 48Hrs notifications. 

 

WHAT KIND OF COMPANIES DO YOU LOOK FOR?

While we review all qualified applications from all Canadian startups, we are ultimately interested in inviting companies that will receive the most benefit from their time in the Valley. This means that companies who are either in high-growth sectors, are looking for to expand internationally or are seeking funding can gain the most from the breakout sessions, mentorship, meetings and networking that the program provides.

 

When will i know if my company is chosen?

All companies who are chosen by the selection committee will be informed immediately and it will be requested that they respond within 24 hours in preparation for the final announcement of the cohort.

 

What if i don't know a c100 charter member, c100 partner or 48Hrs Alumni?

We encourage you to reach out to some! They would not only be instrumental to your application process, but would also likely be a good contact to have. A directory of some of our members can be found here. Should you have exhausted all leads, C100 will also be nominating promising companies. Please contact us directly at connect@thec100.org.

 

how much does it cost?

The C100 will cover all program expenses - including meals during the program. Travel and accommodations are not included. Refer to our Resources page for typical cost breakdowns of visiting the Valley.

 

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?

The Program consists of two full days, including programming and networking receptions. The cohort is encouraged to come early or stay after the event, scheduling meetings in the Valley accordingly.

 

Will there be time to schedule our own meetings?

Selected companies must attend all scheduled activities throughout the program, but we encourage companies to schedule their own meetings before or after the program days.


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