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Bartesian Takes Home Fundica Roadshow Trophy in Waterloo

Waterloo makes the cut as one of Fundica’s most successful events

15 innovative technology startups were selected to pitch and compete for the $1,000,000 Investment Award with only one spot to the Grand Finale. Ryan Close, Co-Founder of Bartesian (left), won the Roadshow with a captivating pitch about their innovative product. Bartesian creates bar-quality cocktails on demand, providing an effortless way to enjoy and serve premium cocktails at home.

Create premium cocktails on demand. Simply insert a capsule, select the strength, and enjoy a perfectly crafted cocktail in seconds. You no longer have to be an expert mixologist to enjoy an excellent cocktail - Bartesian's modern mixology system has got you covered!

Other prizes include 3 months of free office space at WeWork, a cloud hosting package from CANARIE and free accounting services from Intuit QuickBooks.

The Fundica Roadshow mission is to educate, inspire and fund entrepreneurs across Canada. In 2017, the initiative has organized 10 city stops from Victoria to Halifax in order to seek out Canada’s most promising startups.

As the fourth stop in the 2017 edition, Waterloo makes the cut as one of Fundica’s most successful events yet. With an exceptional lineup of pitching startups and educational talks on marketing, legal and pitching tips for entrepreneurs, the conference sparked new ideas and connections.

The competition took place at the Accelerator Centre on March 29, 2017. Although the competition was tough with a total of 16 startups all pitching for the $1,000,000 Investment Award, one clear winner took home the trophy for Waterloo.

The startups were judged by a panel of 13 individuals composed of VCs, banks and government organizations from 500 Startups Canada, First Stone Venture Partners, BDC, OCE, Startup Waterloo, Ryerson Futures, Leverage.IT, Communitech, Startup Canada and others.

In addition to an opportunity to receive the $1,000,000 FSVP Investment Award, each Fundica Roadshow city stop winner receives 3 months of free office space at WeWork, a cloud hosting package from CANARIE and free accounting services from Intuit QuickBooks.

The pitching startups were graded based on market potential, solution, team, pitch and readiness for the $1,000,000 FSVP Investment Award.

“The million dollars would allow us to put some more resources into developing further capsule recipes so that we can expand and grow rapidly along with the demand that we’ve already encountered through major retail, online and hotel,” said Close about how Bartesian would grow their business with the $1,000,000 Investment Award.

The next Fundica Roadshow stop on April 6 in Halifax.



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