June Update: Apply for Launch Party 9! Plus, lots of workshops, meetups and special events taking place all summer long.

June Update:  Apply for Launch Party 9! Plus, lots of workshops, meetups and special events taking place all summer long.

Last week, we were in Calgary to connect with the startup community at the Invest 2018 and Inventure$ conferences. It was also a chance to partner on the first DemoCamp Alberta! After running for more than a decade in Edmonton, it was thrilling to see people from across the province embrace the technical show-and-tell.

Even with summer just around the corner, we have lots of workshops, programs, and special events for you to check out.

On Thursday, June 14th, I'm thrilled to welcome the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises to our space for a conversation on Blitzscaling with Chris Yeh. Chris will present specific practices to ignite and manage hypergrowth. It's exciting to have more discussions around how Canada can best support promising growth-stage companies to be more competitive around the globe. Scroll down for more information and to confirm your spot. 

The big news this week is that Launch Party 9 tickets are on-sale and applications to participate are open! A flagship event of Edmonton Startup Week, Launch Party is your chance to meet the founders and teams from our city's fastest growing startups.

Create your content marketing strategy!

Create your content marketing strategy!

Deciding which marketing efforts will have the most significant impact on your audience can be difficult, especially when you have to put it all together into a comprehensive plan. The heart of a comprehensive content marketing plan is finding the sweet spot where your desired call to action matches a valuable learning experience for your audience. 

So how do you decide which content to use and how do you put it all together? Our Marketing Manager, Stephanie, sat down on Facebook Live and went over the steps she goes through when she works on content marketing plans and tactics for Startup Edmonton!

Recommended Listen | Upside

Recommended Listen | Upside

This week INVENTURE$ Canada is taking place in Calgary, and it's an opportunity to spark new ideas, innovations and partnerships; spur economic diversification initiatives, and generate investment in Alberta. There are a lot of sessions to take in and collaborative events happening all over the city, like DemoCamp Alberta and Edmonton House

One of the speakers I'm most excited to connect with is Jay Clouse. He helps founders and freelancers through his virtual accelerator, Unreal Collective, and recently launched the Upside, a podcast devoted to exploring technology startups founded outside of Silicon Valley. 

Meet the Company: ThirtyThree Games

Meet the Company: ThirtyThree Games

RunGunJumpGun started off as a fun parting gift to an old workplace.

The team behind the popular indie game met while working at a local marketing firm. When it was time for programmer Logan Gilmour and artist Matt Satchwill to move on from the company, they wanted to do something special for their co-workers.

“Originally it was going to be this super simple thing — just, you know, maybe stick our co-workers' faces on the characters so they can play as themselves. Just a totally tiny stupid game,” explains Gilmour, co-founder of Edmonton-based game design studio, ThirtyThree Games.

But when they came up with an innovative twist on a classic Nintendo-style platformer they realized they were on to something much bigger than a simple gag game.

Why tech-enabled?

Why tech-enabled?

Tiffany sits down for a quick chat all about the power of tech-enabled products and how we can help you get started on an idea. Technology is an incredible tool that can help solve problems in all kinds of industries and it doesn't always have to focus on building hardware, an app, or software to sell directly to a customer. 

Tiffany shares some examples of tech-enabled products disrupting traditional industries, ways you can identify opportunities to add a tech trend to your business, and more. 

Congratulations to Jobber, Poppy Barley & Testfire Labs! Startup Canada

Congratulations to Jobber, Poppy Barley & Testfire Labs! Startup Canada

On May 25th, Startup Canada celebrated the nominees and winners for the fifth annual Startup Canada Awards - Prairies in Winnipeg. It's a chance to come together and recognize the outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs and founders across the country. 

This year was extra special for Edmonton as three companies with deep ties to the startup community and commitment to global expansion won in diverse categories. These founders and their teams work incredibly hard to deliver products that their customers love. A massive congratulations to all of them on receiving recognition of their contributions to our national innovation and entrepreneurial economy. 

Reflections | State of the City Address

Reflections | State of the City Address

I have a front row seat to the drive, ingenuity, and passion of tech entrepreneurs and dedicate teams at Startup Edmonton. It’s hard to share your idea with the world, and harder yet to build a tech-enabled product that can scale to customers around the globe. We work to support ambitious Edmontonians as they tackle these challenges and support them through programs, access to talent and capital, coworking space, and a supportive community.

In today’s State of the City address, Mayor Iveson highlighted his commitment to the technology and innovation community and company growth.

Building Your Dream Team

Building Your Dream Team

We know surrounding yourself with the right people can be make-or-break for success when starting a company. We also get that it can be daunting bringing new people on board; you are now having to hand off some of the responsibility of this thing you built from the ground up, so the trust factor is crucial. It's a balancing act between finding the right talent and ensuring those people also fit the culture. Since we know finding the right people for a job can be challenging, our Community Manager, Lauren, sat down on Facebook Live with Testfire Labs founder and CEO, Dave Damer, for a Q&A all about how to build your dream team!

Student Summer Program @ Startup Edmonton

Student Summer Program @ Startup Edmonton

Our Student Summer Program teams are hard at work on their projects and products. Each summer, we welcome students from across schools and programs to work on a tech-enabled product at Startup Edmonton over four months. This year, we had record-breaking application numbers, and we're thrilled with the more than 20 students that have committed to exploring tech entrepreneurship with us. 

Over the course of the summer, students have access to our coworking space, take part in the Preflight program, and embed themselves in the startup community. It's great seeing them make connections with founders and teams already! 

Sometimes, when you're a student, it's easy to get caught up in the campus bubble. We give these students massive credit for trying something new, getting outside of the classroom and tackling the exciting world of entrepreneurship. 

Recommended Listen: The Global Startup Movement Podcast

Recommended Listen: The Global Startup Movement Podcast

While Tiffany was in New Orleans for the Ecosystem Summit at Collision, she was invited to speak on the panel Ecosystem Development Strategies for Small and Mid-Sized Cities. Joined by Stanfield Gray, the CEO and Founder of Dig South, and Matt Wolfe, the Brand and Marketing Director for Greater New Orleans inc, the panel talks ecosystem building strategies, tips, and tools for small and mid-sized cities.