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At the end of the START Cohort 6 Demo Day, we got to witness our friends at StoreToDoor and HomeTeam Live hit the symbolic gong. Check out the full article here.
Oh my GONG! The 2022 Q1 GONG WILD celebration was one for the books! We tied this quarterly event with the START Cohort 6 Demo Day to amplify the experience for founders and make the most out of having guests at the HQ to celebrate together. We started things off by revealing a brand new gong for our Cultivator companies to hit when they reach their monumental milestones.
There is something so symbolic about hearing the rumbling beginning… thunderous thud… and rippling echo… as founders celebrate some of their big wins with a strike of the gong. For the past 3 years, Cultivator has used a small gong as a symbol of perseverance and achievement.
Jordan McFarlen, Incubator Manager, explains “At Cultivator, we get to see the highs and lows of these startups. We want to make sure we are celebrating those highs. Once the Cultivator companies reached $15M in revenue and raised over $20M in private capital… it was time to scale up our celebrations."
HomeTeam Live – Tanner Goetz, Co-Founder + CEO
START Cohort 5 Alumni (Winner) / Active GROW CompanyTanner drew on his experience of winning START Cohort 5 and identified with the current Cohort 6 founders in the room as he was in their exact same seat less than a year ago.Closed their $455K pre-seed capital raiseSecured Western Canadian Baseball League Partnership (HomeTeam Live App will carry all 308 Regular Season and Playoff games of the collegiate summer baseball league in Alberta and Saskatchewan. All games, including the WCBL opening day on May 26, 2022, will be streamed exclusively on HomeTeam Live)Secured League1 BC Partnership (League1 BC is an adult open age Pro-Am League operated by BC Soccer. All 84 Women’s & Men’s games will be streamed on HomeTeam starting on May 22)cHomeTeam Live equipment is now installed in 30 different venues across Canada.
StoreToDoor – Scott Love, Founder + CEO
START Cohort 4 Alumni (Winner) / Active SCALE CompanyClosed their seed raise at $1.25 millionRecord Q1 in 2022 Hit 200,000 MRR in March — looking to double this in Q2Expanded to 31 different cities. Scott explained, that it feels like they are “sitting on a rocket ship – and it doesn’t want to stop – it’s 24 hours – go go go – we are just putting our heads down and let it rip”
GONG WILD has become an integral part of our Cultivator culture and an event that founders appreciate — Giving them the chance to reflect and celebrate with the startup community.This new gong is a legacy that will live on and share endless memories and milestones of future founders that take part in Cultivator’s programming.