January 2017 - Manitoba’s Permission Click part of Canadian Silicon Valley group

Manitoba’s Permission Click part of Canadian Silicon Valley group

One ICTAM member is headed south this winter.

Part of ICTAM’s mission is to elevate those member organizations who call our province home. As Manitoba’s Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) hub, ICTAM provides its members with opportunities to participate in CDMN-organized programs that promote business growth and development.

This year, Permission Click – a Winnipeg-based ICTAM member bringing old-fashioned permission slips into the modern age – is one of 10 companies across the country accepted in the winter 2017 cohort of Get There: Silicon Valley, a program facilitated by the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) in partnership with Invest Ottawa.

The group of 10 companies will tour San Francisco, networking and meeting investors, clients and peers. As one of the world’s premiere destinations for the tech industry, San Francisco is an environment that allows attendees to build social capital and create potential for business growth through meeting people and learning about how the city works.

As an organization, Permission Click provides an easier way to handle permission slip processes in educational systems and districts. The days of paper slips lost in backpacks or on desks; paper cheques written to teachers and folders full of crumpled release forms are on their way out. Permission Click allows teachers and parents to request and revoke permission for their respective students and children to attend things like field trips, seminars or other events. The service also allows administrators to generate reports and moderate permission statuses at a glance. It’s quick to install, too – schools can implement the service in minutes without professional IT help.

“The teachers build a digital permission slip that then gets approved by the principal and gets sent home to mom and dad by email – and the best thing is, there’s no fancy app. It just works,” said Chris Johnson, one of Permission Click’s founders, in a 2014 interview with CTV Winnipeg.

From a Yahoo! Finance article on Permission Click:
“The platform not only allows teachers to create permission slips for events like field trips -- it also lets them reach parents directly for fundraising events, registration forms, yearbook sales and other important school events. Parents click a link in their email on any device to approve attendance, complete forms and conveniently pay any associated fees online. Parents can approve events on almost any device, anywhere.”