Founder Update: DrugBank

Founder Update: DrugBank

In celebration of our 5th anniversary at the Mercer Warehouse, we had the opportunity to chat with some of our alumni founders about how things have changed for their companies since our downtown community hub opened. We're thrilled that our milestones often coincide with exciting news from our alumni companies! Over the next six weeks, we'll be sharing updates from some of Edmonton's hardest working founders.

In this episode, we hear from Micheal Wilson, CEO - DrugBank.

Launch Party Moves to Ford Hall at Rogers Place

Launch Party Moves to Ford Hall at Rogers Place

Celebrate the city’s thriving startup community and exciting new technology companies

The city’s flagship startup event, Launch Party celebrates and showcases the most exciting new technology companies in town. We're thrilled to present Launch Party on Thursday, October 19th - it's your chance to meet bright entrepreneurs, try new products, and celebrate our thriving startup community. Tickets to Launch Party start at $15 + GST and are available now at Edmontonstartupweek.com.

This year Startup Edmonton celebrated its fifth anniversary in the Mercer Warehouse. Over the years, we have partnered with Oilers Entertainment Group and the City of Edmonton on several exciting announcements related to Rogers Place. On October 19, we’re thrilled to bring our favourite event of the year, Launch Party, to Ford Hall at Rogers Place. I can’t wait to introduce you to new companies & technology products. - Tiffany Linke-Boyko

Founder Update: Jobber

Founder Update: Jobber

In celebration of our 5th anniversary at the Mercer Warehouse, we had the opportunity to chat with some of our alumni founders about how things have changed for their companies since our downtown community hub opened. We're thrilled that our milestones often coincide with exciting news from our alumni companies! Over the next six weeks, we'll be sharing updates from some of Edmonton's hardest working founders.

In this episode, we hear from Sam Pillar, CEO of Jobber.

Photo credit: Forrest Zeisler, CTO of Jobber at Launch Party 3 (our first in the Mercer Warehouse space). 

August Update: Shared milestones, Preflight 1 - applications open, DemoCamp 37, and more job postings!

August Update: Shared milestones, Preflight 1 - applications open, DemoCamp 37, and more job postings!

I hope this holiday weekend finds you well! This month we have the opportunity to share milestones from some of our member and alumni companies. It's a pleasure to see our city's startup community support and champion so many founders (and their teams) as they launch and grow tech-enabled companies. 

There is no better time than now to get started on your idea or share your product with the community. Currently, we have applications open for: 

  • Preflight 1: Preflight is our year-round program dedicated to supporting your efforts to build, launch, and grow a tech-enabled product. Our next round of guided sessions starts August 22.
  • DemoCamp 37:  A startup community classic! Join us for technical show-and-tell on September 27. 
  • Launch Party 8: We're looking for amazing tech-enabled companies for our flagship Edmonton Startup Week event on October 19.

Photo credit: Poppy Barley - Facebook

Founder Update: Visio Media

Founder Update: Visio Media

In celebration of our 5th anniversary at the Mercer Warehouse, we had the opportunity to chat with some of our alumni founders about how things have changed for their companies since our downtown community hub opened. We're thrilled that our milestones often coincide with exciting news from our alumni companies! Over the next six weeks, we'll be sharing updates from some of Edmonton's hardest working founders.

In this episode, we hear from Nicolette Leonardis, Vice President & Co-Founder at Visio Media.

Founder Update: Poppy Barley

Founder Update: Poppy Barley

In celebration of our 5th anniversary at the Mercer Warehouse, we had the opportunity to chat with some of our alumni founders about how things have changed for their companies since our downtown community hub opened. We're thrilled that our milestones often coincide with exciting news from our alumni companies! Over the next six weeks, we'll be sharing updates from some of Edmonton's hardest working founders. 

Supporting a diversified economy in Alberta | Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program

Supporting a diversified economy in Alberta | Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program

Day-in-and-day-out we see the impact our members and alumni companies have on our city's economy. They are hiring, renting larger office spaces as their teams grow, and bringing investment to the region. It's our pleasure to be of service to these founders, teams, and entrepreneurs each step of the way with programming, mentorship, flexible workspace, and access to a supportive community. 

Yesterday, we hosted the Government of Alberta for an exciting announcement regarding the Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program. Edmonton region business incubators TEC Edmonton, NAIT, Northern Alberta Business Incubator, and Startup Edmonton will receive $1.5 million funding over two years from the provincial government to provide increased services to entrepreneurs and startups looking to enter and navigate the innovation system. Funding will support entrepreneurs, recent graduates and innovators by providing mentorship, business advice and open access to testing space, and world class prototyping and light manufacturing equipment.

July Update

July Update

Summer is here! We're busy planning our fall Preflight schedule, gearing up for Edmonton Startup Week, and finding lots of new ways to connect with students when they're back in classes. This month, we have two workshops that will help you move your project idea forward: Business Model 101 and Startup 101: Build a website using Squarespace.

I encourage you to take a few hours this month to work on a side project or wild idea - there's no better time to start than now!

If you're looking for some quick summer reading, why not check out our blog? Last month, we had the chance to share our thoughts on biases in the VC community, make some article & podcast recommendations, highlight our alumni members, and reflect on how to make the most of our networking time. I'm always on the hunt for great startup reads - send them my way!

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Thanks for your tweet. We've thought about this a lot, too. I recently shared an article from Reid Hoffman on my social media accounts - The Human Rights of Women Entrepreneurs. It highlights behavior changes needed in the extremes but doesn't address the way day-to-day bias can affect women in all roles in tech.

Startup Edmonton Notes: Handcrafted - Masters of Scale

Startup Edmonton Notes: Handcrafted - Masters of Scale

Masters of Scale, the incredibly easy-to-listen-to podcast from LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman, is a great way to learn how some of your favourite tech-enabled companies grew at incredible rates. The episodes are chock-full of fun founder stories, but also lots of real lessons that you can put to work today. 

In Episode One - Handcrafted, Brian Chesky, Co-Founder & CEO of Airbnb, talks at length about how to build a platform that could scale, they had to spend time doing a bunch of small things that couldn't. This approach is still a big part of how they roll out new features and projects. 

Brian talks about his two stages of product development: Step 1: Build a perfect product. Step 2: Scale the experience. (Of course, here at Startup Edmonton, we would encourage you to do a ton of customer validation before jumping into product development!)