More than 150 people came together to celebrate the creative strength of our new alumni and learn more about their projects. The Zú team joined their forces to offer a 100% virtual event respecting the COVID-19 rules that are in place, while highlighting the innovative solutions developed by the startups. For the entire Zú team, this event is a proof that 2022 will be full of promising initiatives.
Focused on mentoring, the FOCUS program allowed our alumni, 4elements, axle ai, Bump, Orangead, Phenomena, Quaze Technologies and Tokidos to expand their knowledge, better structure their core needs and prepare themselves for a pre-seed round.
The FOCUS program is a 10 weeks of peer-to-peer workshops, including weekly meetings with exceptional mentors, consultations with experts who know their field inside and out, and meetings with companies who are passionate about innovation and looking for new solutions.
We would like to congratulate all of the entrepreneurs who worked hard for 10 weeks to refine, modify and mature their business projects. You have inspired us, but most of all you have impressed us with your passion and commitment.
- During the Focus program, Orangead began the development of a pilot project in collaboration with the Canadian E-Fest for Formula E in Vancouver.
- aixle ai passed the 1 million mark in sales for the first time.
- Tokidos completes the second iteration of its product which will soon be ready for commercialization.
- Bump entered into a strategic partnership with Mastercard to better support creators.
- Phenomena has successfully developed a potential sales pipeline of over 2 million.
- 4elements has secured a contract with Netflix for its interactive games platform.
- Quaze develops and integrates wireless technology, which is a first at Zú!
Here’s your chance to get to know them :
|4elements break the barriers between video gaming and entertainment. Making the visitor active is what 4elements strives for. They create interactive multimedia shows where participants have a role to play and where their action will determine the course of their story, making them the hero of the adventure.|
|axle ai helps creative teams remotely manage and search their media files. Its software helps organizations improve the way they create, share and store digital video content with media management solutions that are easy to install, use and afford.
axle’s radically simple media management uniquely addresses a burgeoning need and is already used by hundreds of creative teams worldwide.
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|Bump helps 50 million creator businesses get paid by leveraging artificial intelligence to track and collect all of their revenue sources from streaming services fast and predictably, and by providing them with micro-advances to cover payout gaps and to increase their revenue.|
|Orangead is a Montreal-based technology company leveraging advanced AI technology/techniques on a network of video terminals and sensors in various public and private venues. The OA platform connects advertisers with digital out-of-home systems, all while maintaining strict green data privacy standards and cutting-edge business intelligence tools.|
|Phenomena develops the VR eSport Arena, a new virtual sport for the Fortnite generation that drives replayability and competitive gameplay in location-based entertainment through VR and esports.|
|Quaze disrupts the way gamers will power their gaming set up by providing wireless power to any device, at the same time, anywhere on tables, and through any kind of surface. Quaze proposes its solution for every device, from the mouse to the cellphone, monitor, computer, etc.|
|Tokidos builds learn-and-play systems that adapt to our children’s interests, instead of fit to a standard. They are currently developing an educational game console for children ages 3-7 that helps them develop cognitive skills such as language, music, and problem-solving using AI.|
Zú is an ecosystem where everyone has a place. The Focus program would not be possible without the involvement of our community of entrepreneurs, mentors, experts and members of the selection committee who are committed to supporting the next generation. In fact, the Zú team would like to thank, on behalf of itself and its initiator, Guy Laliberté, all the expert partners, guides and members of the start-up and creative industry who have contributed to the program’s success.
It is thanks to you that we are able to propel creative people from here and elsewhere, to accompany the most avant-garde entrepreneurs to not only reinvent the world of entertainment, but also to apply their ideas and vision to other spheres of society both here and internationally.
|Behnaz Fard – Panasonic, Business Manager, Media & Entertainment Business Division
Robert Hoffmann – Lenovo, Senior Worldwide Industry Manager, Media & Entertainment
Dominic Gagnon – Connect&GO, Co-Founder & CEO
Karine Thibert – Banque Nationale du Canada, Senior Director Business Services
|Kim Powell – Motorola, Marketing Lead, Canada
Afsoon Soudi – CBC, Senior Manager, Data Science and Machine Learning
Andrei Uglar – SmartReno, Founder
Bertrand Nepveu, Technopreneur, Engineer and Investor
Martin Dagneau,Management Specialist – Former COO – CRO
|Ernest Yale – Triotech, President, CEO and Founder
Maude Bédard-Dufour – Zú, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Development
Patrick D’Astous – EY, Partner
Jean-Philippe Taillon – Investissement Québec, Investment Manager, VC Funds
Lotfi El-Ghandouri – Creative Society – CEO
Lori Jordan – Blink Journals – Founder
André Lavigne – KM&T – Founder and Chief Advisor
Martin Dagneau – COO/CRO – Management Specialist
Patrick Préfontaine – Propel Venture Management
Mark Tobin – Investor and Advisor
Gilles Labranche – FICC – Investments Director
Catherine Laporte – Lowe’s – Vice President Marketing
Bertrand Nepveu – Technopreneur, Technopreneur, Engineer and Investor
Fauve Altman – Blockchain & Crypto – Advisor
Brendan Handler – 8616 Productions – Managing Partner and Founder
Elisabeth Laett – Holt Accelerator – Main partner
Alexandre Cyr – Microsoft – Enterprise Channel Manager
Julie Lacasse – TrackTik – Co-Founder, Corporate Director and Board Member & Business Mentor
Andrei Uglar – SmartReno – Founder
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David Dufresne – Advisor and Investor
Brandon Pankey – Live Nation Urban – Live Nation Urban – Vice President Business Development & Operations
Delphine Poux – Murmur – Partner
Nathalie Esain – Stratébioz – Coach & Consultant in experiential and content strategy
Jean-Luc Hébert – Business Development Executive
Richard Laberge – D-Box – VP Gaming and Technology Partnerships
|Eric Durand, Banque Nationale
Marco Daniel Nicolescu, Banque Nationale
Carolyn Allain, Banque Nationale
Karine Thibert, Banque Nationale
Nassim Benacer, EY
Ash Phillips, Six Cinquième
Miro LaFlaga, Six Cinquième
|Josée Turcot, Banque Nationale
Otman Eloued Ghirielidrissi, Banque Nationale
Nima Taghvai, Banque Nationale
Edgar Groom, Banque Nationale
Pascal Pelletier, Productions Figure 55 inc.
Marie-Chantal Ménard, Senior Advisor
|Mathieu Deschamps, Norton Rose Fulbright
Bianca Pietracupa, Norton Rose Fulbright
Rob Hoffman, Lenovo
Véronique Levert, Zú
Renaud Lavoie, Senior Advisor
Maude Bédard-Dufour, Zú