Uber plans to deliver investors on demand with one-day only event

Canadian entrepreneurs might daydream about tapping that UberPool button, then opening the door to their ride and discovering their backseat buddy is an investment luminary such as W. Brett Wilson or Ryan Holmes. This Thursday, Uber will give them exactly that chance.

Yes, we checked and this is no April Fool’s Day joke – the press releases were sent out on April 4. Entrepreneurs in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, and Calgary will be able to open up their Uber app on April 7 and order up an Uber that includes an experienced investor. Riders will have 15 minutes to give their best elevator (or in this case, Uber ride) pitch to try to convince the investor they’re worth funding – or at least receive some advice.

Dubbed UberPitch, the event will last for just four hours – from 11 AM to 3 PM local time in each city – and can be accessed by typing a special code into your app.

Here’s the list of investors that Uber has involved in each of the five cities across Canada, and the code you’ll need to type into the app to unlock the special ride option:

Toronto (Promo code: PITCHTO)

  • Michael Hyatt | Executive Chairman, Bluecat
  • Tim Jackson | EVP, Mars Discovery District
  • Victoria Lennox | Co-Founder & CEO, Startup Canada
  • Joe Mimran | Entrepreneur, Joseph Mimran & Associates Inc.
  • Michele Romanow | Dragon, Dragons’ Den

Ottawa (Promo code: PITCHOTT)

  • Nazim Ahmed | CEO, Canvaspop
  • Code Cubitt | Managing Director, Mistral Venture Partners
  • Leo Lax | Executive Director, L-Spark
  • Steve Mackenzie | Co-Founder, Popkey
  • Stephen Partridge | International Investor, Advisor, And Co-Architect Behind
  • Nicole Verkindt | Founder of OMB, Dragon and CBC Exchange Business Commentator
  • Ron Warburton | BDC IT Venture Fund

Montreal (Promo code: PITCHMTL)

Calgary (Promo code: PITCHYYC)

  • W. Brett Wilson, co-founder FirstEnergy Capital Corp.
  • Shawn Abbott, iNovia Capital
  • Manjit Minhas, co-founder, Minhas Breweries and Distillery
  • Jacques LaPointe, senior investment manager, Metiquity
  • Jeremy Gilman, McRock Capital
  • Mathew August, Animus Capital Partners

Vancouver (Promo code: PITCHYVR)

  • Ryan Holmes | Hootsuite
  • Boris Wertz | Version One Ventures
  • Shafin Diamond Tejani | Victory Square Labs
  • Mike Satterfield | Yaletown Partners
  • Ray Walia | Victory Square Ventures
  • Manica Gautam | Campfire Capital
  • Fraser Hall | Vancouver Founder Fund
  • Jay Rhind | Vancouver Founder Fund
  • Vijay Grover | Telus Ventures

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