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Start Up Launch Pad


Canadian Music Week's "CMW Startup Launch Pad", a pitch competition for new businesses that are based in or connected to the Music Industry. 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 TAGStrategic Ted Cohen. All startups selected to participate will receive CMW Conference passes and will be included in pre-show marketing materials. For media inquiries, please contact: kayley@cmw.netsocan_4c

Congratulations to the #CMW2018
Start Up Launch Pad Contestants!
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
1:00PM - 2:30PM
Sheraton Hall C * Sheraton Centre Hotel Toronto

Muqo Inc.
Muqo is the music social network! Our mission is to change the world through music. Muqo will connect people from around the world through the music they love, the artists that inspire them and the lyrics that are apart of them. Our unique app allows people to express themselves through music and technology, now people can show the rest of the world how the music they listen to relates to the lifestyle they live! Life is all about self expression just like music and technology, both music and social networking apps are universal while they both do an incredible job at bringing people together. Music is the universal language and it makes people feel a special way, now with Muqo people will be able to share that feeling through technology and have a specific platform to share that experience to the rest of the world!

The Ontario Musicians Co-operative is a brand new multi-stakeholder, not-for-profit co-operative social enterprise helping independent musicians build strong, sustainable careers in the 21st Century creative economy by providing access to professional development and education, co-operative services, group purchasing and more. Through the provision of community and industry partnerships, we develop both new generation talent (creators) and audiences (consumers)

RedPine Music is a concert crowdfunding platform that handles the booking and ticket distribution for small and mid-sized concerts. On the RedPine platform, venues post their available dates and set the criteria a campaign needs; artists select the venue they want to play, create a campaign, and get pledges from their fans to purchase tickets. Venues set the criteria a campaign needs to meet to guarantee the artist a time slot; this could include a minimum number of tickets sold, a flat venue fee, or a combination of the two. If the campaign meets these requirements, RedPine automatically books the artist to the selected partner venue, handling all ticket distribution digitally. 

Sessionwire's groundbreaking live, social platform will revolutionize the way musicians and service providers produce music and get paid for their work around the globe. Sessionwire is also developing a blockchain-based music rights management system to solve key problems faced by music producers everywhere, and provide them with unprecedented new opportunities for monetizing their talents in the global music production marketplace.

Switchboard brings people together through voice chat and music. We have our own app and are building an SDK to rapidly scale the Switchboard Network.


WARM is the worlds biggest covering airplay monitor. Anyone can track and monitor any radio airplays on a song, among 25.000 radio stations in 130 countries, this opens up a completely new data set to the independent music scene. The platform is built with an easy accesable UI/UX in mind and is affordable for even a bedroom producer, who now are able to monitor any song, globally, and in realtime on both FM, Online and Dab radios. 

Last year's prize package included:

  • $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

Submissions are now closed.