Catching up with Velocity Fund $25K winner, Fuzzbuzz
Last March, Velocity hosted the Winter 2018 Velocity Fund Finals, a pitch competition that awards a share of $130,000 in funding each term to help startups build their business. Next Wednesday, July 25, we will host the 22nd Velocity Fund Finals, to witness another 20 startups breaking new ground and pitching their innovative startups (register here). We caught up with one of the $25K winners from last term, Everest Munro-Zeusberger, Founder of Fuzzbuzz, for a post-VFF update. Watch their pitch from last term and stay tuned for updates from other VFF winners from last term.
Fuzzbuzz is a fuzzing platform that keeps critical software secure.
Q: How has your company developed since winning VFF?
Everest: The last few months have been incredibly busy, what with setting up the company logistically, reaching out to pilot customers and working with them to identify real security needs. When we’re not doing that, we’re deep in development on our fuzzing platform – making sure things are running smoothly, tweaking our fuzzing algorithms and keeping our infrastructure rock solid.
Q: What is your company currently working on?
Everest: After some initial talks with pilot customers, we’ve mostly been working on perfecting the first version of our platform. Our primary goal is to get a solid MVP out before the fall and get it into the hands of more customers to gather real-world feedback. To ensure that we’re doing this right, we’re working with a few industry experts who are actively involved in our planning and development process.
Q: What do you enjoy most about building a startup?
Everest: The best part about building a startup is having the ability to take your own vision and ideas, and run with them. We’re presented with new learning opportunities every day, and in the meantime we get to work on a problem we’re really invested in, with an amazing, dedicated and talented team of people. Knowing you’re building something that will actually change the way people work is a great feeling.
Q: What did you like most about competing at VFF?
Everest: VFF is a fantastic springboard for any burgeoning startup that wants to take themselves to the next level. It really forces you to solidify the business end of your startup, and at the same time gives you an opportunity to perfect your pitching skills and validate your ideas by exposing you to some of the best mentors and venture capitalists in the industry.
Q: Are there any tips you can give to startups that are pitching?
Everest: You can never receive enough advice. Whether you choose to act on it is up to you, but in the weeks leading up to your pitch, present to anyone who will give you three minutes of their time. You never know when you’ll find a brand new perspective. Beyond that, just keep practicing until you have it perfect, and then practice some more. We know firsthand that choking, forgetting what to say, and completely botching your pitch are inevitabilities. Make sure they happen during your rehearsals, not on stage.
Come join us on Wednesday, July 25, as another twenty startups will take the stage at the Velocity Fund Finals in the University of Waterloo Student Life Centre (SLC) to pitch their startup ventures. Don’t miss your chance to attend the event – register here! Audience members and live stream participants will have a chance to win 1 of 5 pairs of Beats headphones or portable Bluetooth speakers!