During the first decade of this millennium, the Creative Cluster has emerged as a major – and growing – source of GDP for Ontario. The creative industries in Ontario generate $12.2 billion in GDP for Ontario’s economy annually and are number one in Canada by GDP. Creative industry GDP is now larger than Ontario’s energy industry, is approaching 70% of the auto manufacturing sector and surpasses those of agriculture, forestry and mining sectors combined.
ASTOUND is a meeting place for content creators and the investment community. The initiative strives to build relationships and create networking opportunities to showcase the investment potential of Ontario’s creative content sector. It is a young, vibrant sector now learning to access private investment for growth.
ASTOUND is the common ground for knowledge exchange, networking and collaboration.
CFC Media Lab
ASTOUND/CFC Media Lab
Social Impact Angel Investor
Social Game Universe
Ann Marie Maduri
Maduri Laird Partners
Clairwood Capital Management
Summerwoood Group Inc.
ASTOUND Salons are exclusive cinq à sept session to learn and discover dynamic possibilities of investing in the creative content space in Ontario and further.
ASTOUND Initiative invites you to discover diverse investment opportunities in Ontario’s creative content sector.
Investing in Content
Accessing private investment by numbers:
Data and analytics for the creative content sector
Anne Marie Maduri
President, Maduri & Associates Inc.
How to use Metrics in Building Business Models and the Investment Pitch.
President, Strategic Inc.
The Value of Audience Engagement Techniques and how Analytics are used in the Broadcast/Digital Environment.
The ASTOUND Initiative is led by CFC Media Lab in partnership with Hot Docs, and OCADU. ASTOUND is made possible through The Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund administered by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport.
Tertiary Partners: Achilles Media, Canadian Media Production Association, Interactive Ontario, MaRS Discovery District, Nordicity, Seneca College, Summerwood Group Inc., University of Waterloo – Stratford Campus, Toronto International Film Festival, Wesley Clover International, and Women In Film and Video – Toronto. In collaboration with: National Angel Capital Organization, Network of Angels – Ontario and Maple Leaf Angels.