Candice Faktor, VP, Strategy and New Ventures Torstar DigitalHow to Create an Entrepreneurial Muscle in Your Organization October 4, 2012
Torstar Corporation is a progressive media company with a long,proud history in newspapers and book publishing and a passion forembracing the opportunities created by the rapidly evolving world ofdigital and mobile media.
Creating the next generation ofdigital businesses
Toronto has hosted three Startup WeekendsAt Toronto Startup Weekend, there are typically over 100 participants (always sold out). 2011 Winning team below:
Create the Next GreatTorstar Digital Venture Turn Your Idea Into Reality Limited Space Available – SIGN UP NOW!$5000 CASH PRIZE Hear from: Dan Debow, Founder of Rypple & Chris Eben, Toronto StartUp Weekend Organizer
A digital app which allows you to book last-minute deals for chic hotels, on-the-go.
A social media service that connects trusted tradespeopleto homeowners and homeowners to a tradesperson theycan count on. TradeConnect uses its unique rankingsystem to ensure users will ﬁnd the best person for the job!
KindPie <http://www.kindpie.com/> is a socialgenerosity site that promotes sharing of photos,text, and video content related to random dailyacts of kindness.
Sports Catch is a social sports prediction platform, providing a competitive environment for crowd sourced content.Print Bids is an online auction platform that allowssmall businesses to bid in real-time on available ad-space in major newspaper publications.
WarmFuzzy is an easy to use, multi-medium(email, letter mail, mobile and social media)business application that helps small businessesform a human connection with their customers,helping to build brand loyalty and drive repeatpurchases.
Have Amazing Talent at Torstar Digital"What a great way to leverage internaltalent and provide a means to seeingan opportunity through. The quality ofinnovation that Torstar employeesdisplayed this weekend was trulyrefreshing and impactful. Torstar hasreally set the bar high and I lookforward to seeing what their existingtalent will come up with in the future.” - Matt Golden of Golden Venture Partners
Quality of Ideas Leading Edge“I have been evaluating business proposals forTorstar for over 10 years, and I was blown awayby the quality of proposals developed soquickly by these teams. The process involvedin a Startup Weekend really is amazing atfocusing and sharpening new business ideas. We will deﬁnitely be repeating this event andencouraging even greater participation in thefuture.”- Tomer Strolight, President of Torstar Digital
“I participated to meet new people from diﬀerentareas of Torstar Digital. My favourite part of thisexperience was the real world approach tostarting a business and working as a team toadapt to all the changes that happen on the ﬂy(which were a lot). Also the time spent with thementors was invaluable and provided excellentinsight as to what it takes for a business to setitself apart in the digital world.Next year, Im in!” - jmadruga
“The most important thing I learned washow crucial it is to validate your idea. Itmight make sense to us, but does itmake sense to the consumer? thesupplier? industry experts? Whatevidence is there to support this? Wealso learned it is important to adaptbased on the feedback you receive!”- Matthew Hudson, business analyst at Torstar Digitalproperty WagJag spoke of his experience.
“Loved the experience! Although it wastiring, it was a great way to work withdiﬀerent people across the companythat you normally wouldnt get to. It wasalso a great way to see how fast youcan truly come up with a workablebusiness in just 54 hours!Would do it again!”- meghgupta
Stand for Innovation“Participating in Startup Weekend atTorstar Digital was an awesomeexperience that brought togetheremployees from disparate businessunits, but it also proved that TorstarDigital really believes in innovation. Icant think of an activity that is more inkeeping with our corporate mandate. Icant wait to participate again.”- Jonathan Naymark of Torstar Digital’sStrategy and New Ventures