Openera Named Canada's Hottest Early Stage Startup in 2012 Road to Banff Venture Forum Pitchoff

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Openera takes 1st place in a battle against Canada's most impressive early stage companies in front of Canada's toughest judges.

Openera, whose goal is to simplify and automate the cloud, provides a cross cloud content management application that aims to solve the problems businesses face with employees bringing their own technology to work. Openera automatically distributes files and attachments to multiple cloud services like Dropbox, Box, and Salesforce.com and provides a simple, intuitive web and mobile interface where users can find, share, and manage all of their files no matter where they are stored in the cloud.

Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of OpenText described the very problem Openera is solving in his Canada Innovation Agenda keynote at Canada 3.0, where the Road to Banff Pitchoff took place. “The consumerization of IT has caused tremendous perplexity in the enterprise”. (You can watch the full video of the keynote here: http://canada30.ca/videos/tom-jenkins-opentext/)

The Road to Banff Venture Forum Pitchoff provides Canadian entrepreneurs with the opportunity of a lifetime. 100 companies. Two Days. Only three will survive and one will win. Each company had a 20 minute timeslot, including a 10 min pitch and 10 min Q&A with VC’s and Angels, with winners announced at the Canada 3.0 closing ceremony.

Companies were judged on the following categories:
1.    Compelling product or service with a clearly defined value proposition
2.    Viable business model
3.    Entrepreneurs who demonstrate an ability to execute on their plans
4.    Overall presentation

As first place winner, Openera has been invited to the Banff Venture Forum in October 2012, Canada’s premier company financing event that showcases the hottest hi-tech companies from across North America.

Openera is looking for seed funding to hire Canada's best tech talent, grow their customer base and refine their recurring revenue model.

“We’re honored to take top prize against some tough competition. Canada’s startup landscape is getting a real boost from organizations like CDMN, Communitech, CoralCEA, Mercury Grove, and Invest Ottawa,” said Openera CEO, Peter Lalonde. “Events and groups like these, allow Openera to grow and create jobs in Canada instead of heading to the Valley. I can’t begin to describe the impact leading Ottawa entrepreneurs like Rob Woodbridge, Harley Finkelstein, Kyle Braatz, and Scott Annan have on founders to keep pushing. The Ottawa startup community is full of talent, strong, and supportive.”

“It's no surprise Openera won. They have an impressive business model, deep industry experience and a great product that users and companies know they need. It doesn't hurt that they also have great partners like Salesforce.com and Box.” said Brian Forbes, Executive Director at CoralCEA.

Invest Ottawa’s Business Accelerator Services is working with Openera. “We’re really proud of Peter and his team,” shared Kevin Carroll, Managing Director. “Their technology is truly disruptive; a fundamentally new way for businesses to manage their important corporate assets. This is great recognition and validation for Openera, a reflection of the talent in Ottawa, and a strong indicator of the demand for enterprise applications.”

About Openera
Openera makes the cloud work for you with elegant cloud, mobile, and social applications for business. Our goal is to simplify and automate the cloud, and deliver on the promise of cloud services and enterprise applications.

Openera’s cross cloud content management application automatically distributes files and attachments to multiple cloud services. Users can then find, share, move and manage their files across all of the cloud services they use from a simple, intuitive web & mobile interface.

Find, share, and manage any file, from any cloud, on any device ... in two taps. Make the cloud work for you without changing the way you work – visit http://www.openera.net for more details.

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Krissie Thornton
613.720.9536
krissie(at)openera(dot)net
http://www.openera.net

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