Candice Faktor,         VP, Strategy and New Ventures                  Torstar DigitalHow to Create an Entrepreneurial Mus...
Torstar Corporation is a progressive media company with a long,proud history in newspapers and book publishing and a passi...
Creating the next  generation ofdigital businesses
Own the disruption
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers  and startup enthusiasts come...
http://vimeo.com/eighteeneighty/swtrailer
Toronto has hosted three Startup WeekendsAt Toronto Startup Weekend, there are typically over 100 participants (always sol...
Create the Next GreatTorstar Digital Venture   Turn Your Idea Into Reality Limited Space Available – SIGN UP NOW!$5000 CAS...
Adapted from StartUpWeekend.org
Adapted from StartUpWeekend.org
The CurriculumHow to Rock a Startup in 54 hours?
Text       Source: StartUpWeekend.org
Source: StartUpWeekend.org
Source: StartUpWeekend.org
Source: StartUpWeekend.org
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saturday           Source: StartUpWeekend.org
Source: StartUpWeekend.org
The Results
38 participants(developers, designers, marketers, analysts, sales people, operations, finance)                 16 ideas pit...
2052 hours worked on the weekend!
7 prototypes and pitches created!
Crowd Radio turns the internet into radio.
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. ...
KindPie <http://www.kindpie.com/> is a socialgenerosity site that promotes sharing of photos,text, and video content relat...
Sports Catch is a social sports prediction          platform, providing a competitive          environment for crowd sourc...
1 Winner!
WarmFuzzy is an easy to use, multi-medium(email, letter mail, mobile and social media)business application that helps smal...
1 Winning Team but Many Beers!
What did we learn?
Magic Can Happen In Immersive Experiences
Have Amazing Talent at Torstar Digital"What a great way to leverage internaltalent and provide a means to seeingan opportu...
Quality of Ideas Leading Edge“I have been evaluating business proposals forTorstar for over 10 years, and I was blown away...
“I participated to meet new people from differentareas of Torstar Digital. My favourite part of thisexperience was the real...
“The most important thing I learned washow crucial it is to validate your idea. Itmight make sense to us, but does itmake ...
“Loved the experience! Although it wastiring, it was a great way to work withdifferent people across the companythat you no...
Stand for Innovation“Participating in Startup Weekend atTorstar Digital was an awesomeexperience that brought togetherempl...
What’s Next..?
2014
Vision without action ismerely a dream. Actionwithout vision justpasses the time. Visionwith action can changethe world.- ...
Thank YouPlease get in touch!           Candice Faktor           VP, Strategy and New Ventures           Torstar Digital  ...
Startup Weekend Torstar Digital 2012
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Startup Weekend Torstar Digital 2012

  1. 1. Candice Faktor, VP, Strategy and New Ventures Torstar DigitalHow to Create an Entrepreneurial Muscle in Your Organization October 4, 2012
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. Creating the next generation ofdigital businesses
  4. 4. Own the disruption
  5. 5. Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!
  6. 6. http://vimeo.com/eighteeneighty/swtrailer
  7. 7. Toronto has hosted three Startup WeekendsAt Toronto Startup Weekend, there are typically over 100 participants (always sold out). 2011 Winning team below:
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. Adapted from StartUpWeekend.org
  10. 10. Adapted from StartUpWeekend.org
  11. 11. The CurriculumHow to Rock a Startup in 54 hours?
  12. 12. Text Source: StartUpWeekend.org
  13. 13. Source: StartUpWeekend.org
  14. 14. Source: StartUpWeekend.org
  15. 15. Source: StartUpWeekend.org
  16. 16. Source: StartUpWeekend.org
  17. 17. saturday Source: StartUpWeekend.org
  18. 18. Source: StartUpWeekend.org
  19. 19. The Results
  20. 20. 38 participants(developers, designers, marketers, analysts, sales people, operations, finance) 16 ideas pitched 7 teams formed 1 winner
  21. 21. 2052 hours worked on the weekend!
  22. 22. 7 prototypes and pitches created!
  23. 23. Crowd Radio turns the internet into radio.
  24. 24. A digital app which allows you to book last-minute deals for chic hotels, on-the-go.
  25. 25. 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!
  26. 26. KindPie <http://www.kindpie.com/> is a socialgenerosity site that promotes sharing of photos,text, and video content related to random dailyacts of kindness.
  27. 27. 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.
  28. 28. 1 Winner!
  29. 29. 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.
  30. 30. 1 Winning Team but Many Beers!
  31. 31. What did we learn?
  32. 32. Magic Can Happen In Immersive Experiences
  33. 33. 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
  34. 34. 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
  35. 35. “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
  36. 36. “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.
  37. 37. “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
  38. 38. 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
  39. 39. What’s Next..?
  40. 40. 2014
  41. 41. Vision without action ismerely a dream. Actionwithout vision justpasses the time. Visionwith action can changethe world.- Joel A. Barker
  42. 42. Thank YouPlease get in touch! Candice Faktor VP, Strategy and New Ventures Torstar Digital email: candice.faktor@gmail.com email: cfaktor@torstardigital.com twitter: thecfaktor

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