Thank You + Stay Connected All Year Round

Thank You + Stay Connected All Year Round

Edmonton Startup Week 2017 was a massive celebration of our city's startup community! With more than fifty events and our largest Launch Party yet, we know that there is an incredible network of passionate, engaged, and hard-working people committed to building and growing tech companies in Edmonton. I look forward to sharing lots of updates, photos, and more ways for you to connect with community in the coming weeks. 

"One of the best parts of the week is seeing new people find their place in the community. There are dozens of meetups left in 2017, foundational workshops to get your product idea off the ground, and collaborative workspace that can grow as you do." 
 

Three reasons you don't want to miss the Valley Tech Talk

Three reasons you don't want to miss the Valley Tech Talk

Edmonton Startup Week is in full swing! Just a few hours in and we've already had a LinkedIn workshop, hotdogs at Mayday Dogs, free coworking at Startup Edmonton, and the return of The MS DOS to benefit the Computer Engineering Club over with our friends at Farrow Sandwiches. 

With so much happening over the next five days to celebrate and grow our startup community, you might be wondering why there is a Valley Tech Talk on the schedule? If we're focused on how Edmonton is unique and how we can support one another, why would we take the time out to learn about Silicon Valley?

Totally valid questions! And, I'm here to help. Here are my top three reasons why you should make the Valley Tech Talk part of your #yegsw17 schedule.

October Update: Launch Party, Tech Valley Talk, Edmonton Startup Week & More!

October Update: Launch Party, Tech Valley Talk, Edmonton Startup Week & More!

OCTOBER UPDATE

It's the most exciting time of the year - Edmonton Startup Week returns, October 16 - 20, and this year we have more than 50 events for you to take in. The startup community has stepped up in a big way this year and many community partners, startups and scaling companies are hosting events in their spaces - we can't wait to see you there!

Be sure to build your schedule early - some events already have waitlists.

Scroll down to check out all the details on our Launch Party 8 companies. 2017 was a milestone year for us with more applicants than ever before.  Launch Party is your chance to try out top technology trends like machine learning, virtual reality, 360 projection, video games, and physical products with innovative design patents.

Member Update & Recommended Reading: Edmonton startup Pogo expands to Camrose

Member Update & Recommended Reading: Edmonton startup Pogo expands to Camrose

Member company & Launch Party alumni, Pogo CarShare shares exciting expansion news with Metro Edmonton yesterday. Check out the article below & congratulations to the entire Pogo team! 

Edmonton startup Pogo expands to Camrose, becomes Alberta's first small-town car share

Metro Edmonton | By: Kashmala Fida Metro Published on Thu Oct 05 2017

Small town life usually means owning a car to get where you need to go, but an Edmonton-based startup wants to change that.

Pogo, a local car-sharing app, is hitting the road and expanding service to Camrose, becoming the first rideshare in Alberta available in a small town.

Public transit can be a challenge in cities without a huge population base--roughly 19,000 people live in Camrose--and Pogo Co-founder Kieran Ryan says ride shares can fill a significant gap.

“In a lot of small towns, public transit is pretty difficult and car sharing can really enhance the public transit system,” he told Metro.

Recommended Reading | Mack's DemoCamp 37 Recap

Recommended Reading | Mack's DemoCamp 37 Recap

Mack has served as unofficial historian for DemoCamp since the beginning and we can't thank him enough for keeping a record of all the people, projects, successes & technical glitches over all these years. Check out his latest DemoCamp recap from our 37th edition on October 27 at CCIS. 

Recap: DemoCamp Edmonton 37

By Mack D. Male · October 5, 2017 at 9:33pm

Edmonton’s 37th DemoCamp took place at the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (CCIS) on the University of Alberta campus last Wednesday. Here is my recap of DemoCamp Edmonton 36 which took place in May.

Announcing our Launch Party 8 Companies!

Announcing our Launch Party 8 Companies!

2017 was a record-breaking year with more applicants than ever before. It's exciting news for our community (but it's hard for us to turn down so many great founders & hard working teams.) 

We're thrilled to introduce you to the class of 2017. Over the past seven years, Launch Party has supported nearly 70 tech startups as they introduce products to an eager audience of investors, business leaders, students, and an awesome community of Edmonton boosters. We can't stress enough the importance of hometown support as people build and launch tech-enabled products from our city. You are often the first customers and champions for these teams and your input as they develop product and grow is invaluable. 

Before we share with you the line-up for Launch Party 8, I'd like to share one of my favourite parts of the night with you; it's seeing our guests try out the products built by local companies, especially technologies they wouldn't normally interact with. This year's line-up is chalk full of technology trends like machine learning, virtual reality, 360 projection, video games, and physical products with innovative design patents for you to get your hands on.

I hope you will join us on October 19 in Ford Hall, Rogers Place for a massive celebration of the hard work, innovative products, and supportive community that you're helping to build here in Edmonton. Tickets are $25 (and just $15 for students!)

Answers to our most asked question | How do I find a technical co-founder?

Answers to our most asked question | How do I find a technical co-founder?

Here at Startup Edmonton, we're in the unique position of working with all kinds of founders - technical, non-technical, serial entrepreneurs, first-timers, students, side hustles. It makes our days dynamic & challenging, but we wouldn't change it for the world. Founders of all stripes are driven by the same unrelenting desire to solve a problem with a solution they can see on the horizon. 

We hear a pair of questions more than any others: 

How do a find a technical co-founder? | Don't I need someone with an MBA before I start? 

We're going to tackle how do a find a technical co-founder? today and circle back next week to help answer don't I need someone with an MBA before I start working on my idea? 

Stephanie Update | Volunteering & SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event

Stephanie Update | Volunteering & SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event

I have the honour of working with hundreds of founders, entrepreneurs, and community builders in my day-to-day work here at Startup Edmonton. It's an amazing opportunity to help shape my city while supporting passionate people as they tackle problems, large and small, using technology. Before coming to Startup Edmonton, I was lucky enough to find a professional home in Edmonton's thriving arts community. I'm still surprised how similar the process, risks, and unrelenting drive is for artists and founders.

In addition to my work at Startup Edmonton, I squeeze in time to volunteer - it's where I met some of my closest friends and fell head-over-heels for Edmonton. Currently, I'm helping the Centre for Family Literacy on a social enterprise project and with the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event as a member of the Global Advisory Board.

September Update: Action packed month of meetups, more support for entrepreneurs, DemoCamp 37 & early-bird Launch Party tickets!

September Update: Action packed month of meetups, more support for entrepreneurs, DemoCamp 37 & early-bird Launch Party tickets!

The first week of September has gone by in a flash! It's great to see many familiar faces back at Mercer Warehouse for meetups and programs (plus, lots of first-day-of-school pictures making the rounds.) 

September is packed to the brim! If you're working on a new project idea, we just added a second evening of Preflight 1 starting on Thursday, September 21. Join us for two-hours once a week and spend some dedicated time moving your idea forward. 

We're also ramping up for Edmonton Startup Week! Early-bird tickets for Launch Party 8 are just $15 and only available until September 15th. This year, we're on the move to Ford Hall in Rogers Place and can't wait to celebrate our city's newest technology companies with you.