Frequently Asked Questions
What is Metabridge?
Metabridge is a non-profit association dedicated to connecting founders of tech Start-ups with mega entrepreneurs, top tech executives, mentors and investors from Silicon Valley and beyond, who can help take them one step closer to a successful exit. We create exclusive networking experiences as a platform to enable meaningful connections and relationships, giving access to VIP mentors at our invite only Tech Retreat each June for the successful companies who earn a place.
If you are a founder who fits the criteria and can get to Kelowna, Canada for the June retreat then you should apply for this program.
Who should apply?
Each year we look for the very best and brightest growth stage (late seed, early Series A) founders in tech who are invited to attend our exclusive program in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Companies should have proven traction (users, revenue or both), demonstrated commitment (bootstrapped, angels, VCs) and be able to demonstrate that product solves a problem or market need. Product should be generally available (no private beta).
The Top 15 who make it through each year are showcased and connected with mentors, advisors and investors. We bring them all together in one spot and make mentors accessible over 48 hours, to expand their network and help grow their business.
They will be immersed in activities, experiences and networking programs. Over the last 8 years, 11 of our Top 15 have since been acquired and $150M+ has been raised in funding by our companies.
What is included for a Top 15 selected company?
Each Top 15 founder will receive:
On-boarding to the program
Recognition as Top 15 Startup for the year
All access VIP pass to Metabridge Tech Retreat
Targeted introductions to mentors, mega entrepreneurs and VC's
Personalized schedule of VIP 1:1 meetings
Inclusion in all VIP activities*, meals and entertainment over the 2 days
Year round visibility and promotional support
Opportunity to pitch their company to Metabridge group (Please note, this is not a pitch competition, but provides the opportunity to engage peers and mentors)
* VIP Activities in the Okanagan previously have ranged from joining in a hockey game with NHL stars, helicopter rides, hiking, golfing, mountain biking, wine tasting, brunch at a lakeside mansion, boat trips, golfing and much more.
What is the deadline to apply?
We are accepting first round applications until April 3, 2017. We will then invite a shortlist to submit a 3 minute video application, and announce the final Top 15 in May.
Are there any fees to apply?
No. Metabridge is a non-profit organization supported by our generous sponsors and partners. If selected as a Top 15, you will be provided a ticket to our 2 day VIP program, which includes all meals and activities. We do not open up tickets for sale to ensure maximum access for our companies to the mentors in attendance.
Are there any other ways to attend?
Metabridge is by invitation only in order to provide maximum value for the Top 15 that make it through. Tickets will not be made generally available for sale, but there are 3 ways to attend our 2017 program.