As we get ready to shift into spring (and for many of the members, grudgingly move our clocks forward), this March the Startup Edmonton team is focused on connecting our city's talented technical students with hiring startups and scaling companies. Over the past three months, we've had dozens of activities on campuses and at our space where students can hear from people working in companies, get to know friendly faces, and start making concrete plans for their education and post-graduation life.
There are incredible women that make our city's startup community thrive - as founders, team members, volunteers, leaders, funders, mentors, and advocates. The best way to encourage more women to get involved in our technology and entrepreneur community is to showcase amazing women who speak truthfully about their experience - the good, the bad and the challenging.
We encourage you to explore more on these great companies, organizations, and events.
We're gearing up for our best Student DevCon yet! On March 25th, we're thrilled to bring together students from across campuses and programs for a day of workshops, keynotes, and socials. It's a fantastic opportunity for students to connect with CTO's and dev teams from our city's startups, scale-ups and enterprise technology companies. Be sure to pick up your $35 ticket today!
Check out our first wave of speakers and sessions!
February Update: Startup 101, Founders & Funders and Student DevCon
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we want to send a big shout out to all the partners, families and friends of hard working founders and entrepreneurs that provide endless support and put up with really long hours.
February is action packed at Startup Edmonton: loads of foundational workshops, Founders & Funders with our friends at Alberta Enterprise, and new updates on Student DevCon 2017.
I'm teaching a pair of workshops next week & it would be great to see you!
On January 28 & 29, we had the pleasure of hosting more than 100 students to our Mercer Warehouse campus for a 24-hour hackathon. Students from the University of Alberta, MacEwan University and NAIT spend the weekend designing, creating and building amazing projects. You'll be able to check out student projects at our upcoming DemoCamp 35 on March 7th.
Checkout some of the great moments captured by our friend Shayne Woodsmith from Make Something Edmonton.
Michael Wilson and Craig Knox are active entrepreneurs and members of our campus. Our first interactions with OMx were while they were working on a customer-facing product that leveraged their deep understanding of databases for scientists and uncovering the trends in data that would impact individual lifestyle choices, around diet and exercise.
Now, their focus and business model have shifted to DrugBank and a suite of connected products that makes the most of their personal expertise, building databases that make scientific research and applications smarter, faster and more capable.
We sat down with Mike to learn what’s next for DrugBank and the team.
There is no better time than the start of the year to get to work on your startup idea! Seeing everyone back from the holiday break relaxed and ready to set off on a new adventure is one of my favourite times of the year. The campus is a hive of activity, and we are excited about all the new people we are going to meet this coming year.
We Really Do Love Community!
From the amazing volunteer leaders that make the meetup scene possible to the first-time attendees at DemoCamp that are ready to cheer on new products and projects, community members are at the heart of everything that we do.
Here are our top four reasons why we love community (and you should, too.):
As we get ready to break for the holidays, it's an excellent time to reflect on the experiences of one of our most active student members, Nathan Doraty. Nathan is a third-year student in Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta. We see Nathan on a regular basis; at Hack Days, DemoCamp, meetups, and the Student Summer Program. He's one of our biggest champions, and we're thrilled to have him as part of the community.
To say the past few months have been busy for Nathan would be an understatement! With a little under a year in hackathon experience under his belt, Nathan and his friends won the prestigious Hack the North contest at the University of Waterloo and then were invited to the Facebook campus in Palo Alto to compete alongside some of the brightest students on the continent. We had the chance to sit down with Nathan and chat about why he makes times for hackathons and how the local startup community has impacted his approach to school.
We're in the Christmas spirit at the Startup Edmonton campus: the tree is up, delicious treats are showing up in the member cafe, and our collection of donations for YESS is growing. There are still lots of program workshops and meetups to come this month, but we look forward to taking some time to connect with friends and family over the holiday break.
There is no better time to get started on your idea than the beginning of a new year. Check out our January offerings today and get a jump start on your New Year's resolution to bring your product idea to life. We hear over-and-over again that one of the supports that our members most appreciate is having a sense of accountability, from their mentors, peers, and program facilitators. It's a privilege to act as that support for so many of our city's tech entrepreneurs and we look forward to serving even more in 2017.
Thank you for making 2016 an amazing year,
Tiffany Linke-Boyko - CEO