Third Annual Google Demo Day
Featuring startups from the North America Tech Hub Network
On May 4th, 2016, we hosted our third Google Demo Day featuring startups from the North America Tech Hub Network at Google HQ. The event featured 11 startups, representing incredible innovation traveled around Canada, Mexico, and the United States, with the goal to raise capital and drive awareness of the innovation happening in their cities. These high-growth startups had 5 minutes to impress the judges and packed house of more than 50 investors.
In the end, 2 startups were recognized by judges and the audience, but all 11 walked away with $100,000 investment from, Steve Case from Revolution Ventures contingent on them raising $1 million in the 100 days following the event.
Mary Grove, Director of Google for Entrepreneurs, welcomes the standing-room only crowd to the third Google Demo Day featuring 11 startups from the 10 Tech Hubs in the North America Tech Hub Network.
“The best advice I can give you is to focus on the user... make sure that is your North Star, and the rest will fall into place.” Don Harrison, VP of Corporate Development and Google for Entrepreneurs, shares inspiring words with the pitching startups.
The Judge's Favorite Award
Player’s Health, from COCO in Minneapolis: Our expert panel of judges' featured Steve Case (Revolution and Case Foundation), Frank Chen (Andreessen Horowitz), and Bedy Yang (500 Startups). Together, they agreed on a "Judges' Favorite”: Player’s Health, a HIPAA compliant health record for athletes that streamlines the injury reporting process in real time across all sports. In the first five months of launch, Player’s Health has acquired over 312,000 athletes, with over +$16K monthly recurring revenue in the first quarter of 2016. Player’s Health truly has an all-star team with 5 out 8 members being former professional athletes from the NFL, CFL, and NHL. The Judges were impressed that Player’s Health has already been able to monetize their product and the long term potential of the business.
The Game Changer Award
Knowledgehook , from Communitech in Waterloo, Canada. In person attendees and online viewers voted for a people's' choice "Game Changer" Award, selecting the company that has the greatest potential to disrupt their industry. The people spoke, crowning Knowledgehook as the winner. Knowledgehook is a web platform designed by math experts that identifies student misconceptions and then recommends the best teaching practices to the instructor to teach each misconception.
$1.1 Million Invested in the Rise of the Rest
In 2015, 75% of venture capital went to three states in the US: California, New York, and Massachusetts. To encourage VC funding beyond these states, Steve announced the Rise of The Rest Challenge. Steve committed to personally invest $100,000 in each of the startups that pitched at Google Demo Day if they are able to close a round of $1 million in the 100 days following the event.