Meetup #41 - Pitch Night


Companies routinely tell us they wish they could source local tech service providers. A by-product of Silicon Halton has been wowcasing™ (showcasing a talent/company to solicit that "wow" response) talented service providers in our back yard. Meetup 41 provided an opportunity to showcase some of these providers. We are very greatful to the good folks at Burlington Economic Development Corp for Powering this event and making the new Burlington Performing Arts Centre available for this event.

Powered by City of Burlington BEDC r2-327x65 Following the fun and roaring success of Meetup 37's Pitch Night, which saw pitches from hi tech business owners about their Halton companies & hi tech products, Meetup #41 was a Pitch Night for Halton Technology Service Providers. These are companies or solopreneurs who are applying technology vs. creating new technology/apps. Examples are:

  • Consultants
  • Integrators
  • Web sites, online presence
  • Ecommerce
  • Custom development shops (non-product)
  • Vertical specific consultants (e.g. CRM, ERP)
  • Hosting providers
  • Technology vendors

Slots were also allotted to ancillary service providers who focus on the technology vertical (e.g. Patent Lawyers, content providers) or vendors who utilize leading edge technology in the delivery of their services.

Our target was 10 pitches each from different types of providers. Each pitch is 1 - 2 minutes in length. No endless stream of Powerpoint slides - each pitcher will have one slide, displayed during their pitch. The slides contained their company name, service, logo and Twitter handle, so we know who we're voting for.

We voted, not necessarily on the best technology service, but rather, who best articulates their value proposition.

Who Pitched

(Listed in no particilar order)

Pitcher Company
Sebastian Dwornik Applied PDA
Steve Shaw Steve Shaw Productions
Gerry Gabon RevenueConfidence
Reema Duggal The Sitaran Group
Ricardo Covo Web Nodes, Software development
Mark Adams AYS Technologies Canada Inc.
Robert Duvall RDC Networks
Richard Kun RDP Associates Inc.
Yogi Kalra SAP Consultant
Brett Johnson Landslide Marketing
Michael J. Kalistchuk EMKAL Inc.
Syed Ain Database Consultant, DBWRX

The winner for the Best Pitch was Robert Duvall of RDC Networks.  Congratulations!  You can find 2nd & 3rd place finalists listed in the slide deck below. The audience also provided 125+ individually written peices of kudos & opportunities for improvement, which were forwarded to the appreciative pitchers. 

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Note the event slide deck also contains pix of the meetup.

We Need You!

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Silicon Halton expects to host another PItch Night for Technology Service Providers in the fall. This is an opportunity for the Silicon Halton community Technology Service Providers to practice delivering their pitch, their value proposition, in a safe, fun atmosphere. The pitchers don't want to live with the consequences of a poorly framed and delivered pitch at the moment the pitch matters most, and when they only have one chance to make your mark. Afterwards, there will be time to provide 1:1 feedback.

It is an opportunity to generate additional buzz about your company and/or services. You can expect up to 2,000 people will hear about your company / service by the end of Pitch Night.

What is Pitch Night?

  • 10-12 pitches by Technology Service Providers
  • Audience ranks pitches and votes for the best pitch – award and recognition for the best pitch
  • Single introduction slide per pitch - so audience sees company/product name/logo and Twitter handle (so they know who they're voting for)

Want to Pitch in the Fall?

Please contact:  Rick Stomphorst at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Raj Phalpher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Event Snapshot for Your Calendar

Topic: Pitch Night
Target Audience: Technology entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, educators and students
Meetup Track: Networking: Collaboration, Partnerships, Referrals, and Career Growth
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 @ 7pm
Location: Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Community Studio Theatre, Burlington, Ontario. @BPAC
How much it costs: Nothing but your time.
Pre-Event Q&A Silicon Halton members can participate in a pre-event conversation with the organizers and facilitator in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.

Post & Pre-Event Q&A

Silicon Halton members can participate in the (now) post-event conversation with the presenters in our private Linkedin group. Help them make this meetup relevant to you.


Who attended?

Registration for this meetup is through Lanyrd (you can sign-in to Lanyrd with your LinkedIn ot Twitter account).  Meetups are open to anyone, whether you are a Silicon Halton member or not. 



Silicon Halton is a grassroots high tech community focused on Technology, Community, and Growth