Rob Bartlett of WTFast presents to investors in Kelowna, Nov. 16, 2011 as part of the Jump:Start Challenge finals
WTFast is a West Kelowna-based start-up. The brainchild of Rob Bartlett, an internet entrepreneur and gamer who launched the company in December 2009, WTFast, also known as LagKiller, speeds up massively multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft by 60 to 90 per cent. WTFast is a simple SAAS delivery. Within minutes users can create an account, download their software and immediately play their game. WTFast currently has 110,000 users across the world, including in Australia, South Africa, Germany, Thailand and South America.
Designed to help technology companies and entrepreneurs raise investment, increase their revenues and drive market share, the Jump:Start Challenge is an “investor-ready” pitch competition.
The Challenge was launched to stimulate local high-tech job creation and the formation of new businesses in high growth sectors of the economy, attract new investment, develop increased business capacity and support the attraction of skilled people to the Okanagan region.
It kicked-off with 27 entrants being invited to present their pitches at an open forum. 10 were selected by a panel of judges to move on to the next round, where they received nine weeks of intense training, coaching and mentorship to improve their investor presentations.
”The Jump:Start Challenge offered a great opportunity for start-ups to really get their companies off the ground,” said Mark Payne, Acting CEO of BCIC.
“The tools, resources and mentorship the finalists received from Accelerate Okanagan over the nine weeks of the competition have proven to be invaluable to the entrepreneurs and the long term success of their companies,” said Payne.
“The number of applications received and the quality of the opportunities demonstrates the high level of innovation that exists in the Okanagan technology community.”
Our sincere thanks also to Accelerate Okanagan’s Partners - , , , , and – for their generous support of the Jump:Start Challenge initiative.