Here at Datenight, we’ve got big plans for 2017 and beyond. That’s why, when we decided to apply for Ryerson’s DMZ accelerator program back in January, we didn’t let a 10% acceptance rate scare us off. Ranked the top tech incubator in North America, the DMZ helps early-stage technology startups make it to the next stage. And we’re more than ready to get there.
After an hour-long interview that focused on Datenight’s vision, business metrics, and growth plan, we also aced a technical interview that put our platforms under a microscope—and then some.
And guess what, we got in!
Read on to see what founder and CEO of Datenight, Elize Shirdel, has to say about the experience…
Q: A 10% acceptance rate?! Why do you think Datenight got in?
A: “Our technology, although not perfect, is fairly far along for a startup of our size. We’re generating revenue, we’re in market, babysitting is an obvious need—and the babysitting market is large. We’ve also got a much bigger vision for where we are going. And I think that comes across.”
Q: What was Datenight’s goal in attending the DMZ?
A: “We are focusing on multiplying our number of users—so sensible mentorship pointing us in the right direction and high-growth connections are super important to us at this time.”
Q: How do you foresee the Datenight service evolving?
A: “We’re hard at work on an improved Android experience and we’re working to allow a second parent to connect to the account so that family organizing is easier, and we can help schedule babysitting for anniversaries and birthdays!”
Q: The program runs from April to July, so you’re right in the middle of it. What are you loving about the experience? And what do you find the most challenging?
A: “We’re loving the access to experts in different fields, hearing their different viewpoints and learning from the strategies they share. And the connections we’re making with other startups at the DMZ is a definite plus. With so many mentors to learn from, you have to take it all in, put on your opposable thinking hat, and then come out the other side with a laser-focused growth plan. Having the opportunity to use the DMZ’s swanky meeting rooms when you’re catching up with potential partners is also pretty nice! On the flip side, not working from home has its challenges—as most working parents know. The rush home to get the kids on time, and the panic about what’s for dinner and who’s whipping it up are two challenges that come to mind!”
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