The Gentlemen’s Expo is back and this year and it’s bigger and better than ever. Ladies, watch out because the boys will be out in style! With so many great ingenuities at this year’s event, there are great expectations. Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 14 to 16, special highlights include the Start Me Up Pavilion, which will allow 20 select Toronto start-ups to participate in the show and potentially win $7000, along with consultation services from KPMG. Not a bad deal for an entrepreneur trying to make it in this dog-eat-dog world!
A section sponsored by KPMG, the Start Me Up initiative will allow young and innovative companies to showcase their products or services to the expected 30,000 attendees of the Gentlemen’s Expo. The well-known consulting empire combines expert industry knowledge with its unique approach to help businesses deal with challenges as well as capitalize on opportunities. Being the advising company to the cast of Dragons’ Den, KPMG provides assessments on prospective companies after a Dragon agrees to invest. This is truly a fantastic opportunity for any company, let alone a start-up.
So how does this competition work? The start-ups, chosen by KPMG and the team at Gentlemen’s Expo, were each asked to create a 60-second video best describing what their company does. The four videos with the most views and shares will have the opportunity to present their company live at the Gentlemen’s Expo to five investors including the Dragons themselves, Bruce Croxon and Vikram Vij. Only one winner can be picked but lucky for the three runners up, they still win $1000 worth of KPMG consultation.
We watched a few videos and there are definitely some cool start-ups out there! Here are our top three picks for you to check out and see for yourself that our city has some pretty ingenious entrepreneurs. To vote for any of these click here.
Other things to watch out for at the Gentlemen’s Expo include live music, craft beer, spirits, wine and cocktails, a casino, sports simulators and much, much more. When they said bigger and better, they weren’t kidding!
Stay tuned for our special View the Vibe contest next week to win some tickets!
Which start-up are you most excited for at the Gentlemen’s Expo? Let us know in the comments section below or tweet us at @ViewTheVibe