Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week Announces CMW Startup Launch Pad, A Competition for New Music Businesses

Canadian Music Week's CMW Startup Launch Pad, a pitch competition for new businesses that are based in, or connected to the Canadian music industry is now accepting entries. The competition will take place during this year's conference on Wednesday, May 9th at the Sheraton Centre Hotel. "The conference is dedicated to further developing the Canadian music industry, and startups play an important role in that" states Danya Dixon, VP of Programming. The competition will offer startups an opportunity for exposure and investment, as well as advice from top industry professionals. The event will be hosted by Darryl Ballantyne, CEO of LyricMerch. Last year's judges included merchant banker and Dragons' Den panelist Michael Wekerle, Managing Director of Walden Venture Capital Larry Marcus, IAEL President Jeff Liebenson, Director of Mediaclarity Ltd Jeremy Silver, and Managing Partner at TAG Strategic Ted Cohen. All startups selected to participate will receive CMW Conference passes and will be included in pre-show marketing materials.

Last years winner received:

  • $10,000 cash from LyricFind and SOCAN
  • Legal services from Liebenson Law
  • Consulting services from TAG Strategic
  • Personal, one-on-one meetings with each judge
  • A 15-minute presentation to the industry during the Global Creators Summit
  • Personalized post-conference email blast from CMW announcing the winner and company overview

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