December Update - Wishing you the very best of the holiday season!

December Update - Wishing you the very best of the holiday season!

We're in a celebratory and reflective mood here at Startup Edmonton. This year was full of incredible interactions with founders, teams, and lots of new community members. Your support of our efforts with students, Edmonton Startup Week and classic startup events, like DemoCamp, means the world to us and we can't wait to do even more in 2018. 

December is a great time to squeeze in a workshop, apply for Preflight, and start planning to make 2018 the year you move your tech-enabled product idea forward. 

From the entire Startup Edmonton family - we wish you & yours a wonderful holiday season!

PwC Canada - V2R Awards Nominations Open!

PwC Canada - V2R Awards Nominations Open!

Our friends at PwC are committed to supporting tech-enabled startups. We're thrilled to have their team available for mentorship roundtables, plus they offer great packages for Founders just getting started to scaling companies dealing with complex challenges. 

Each year PwC looks to recognize the most forward-thinking organizations and companies in Canada. Through the V2R Awards program, PwC is committed to providing all participants with valuable experiences and knowledge sharing opportunities to inspire future innovation efforts and growth. 

Top Three Reasons DemoCamp Is Our Most Enduring Event

Top Three Reasons DemoCamp Is Our Most Enduring Event

Tomorrow night is DemoCamp 38! The rules for DemoCamp haven't changed since DemoCamp 1: 7 minutes to demo - all product, no slides - and business model questions must wait until we head out for drinks*. (But, seriously you don't need to get a beer. Soda is totally acceptable.) 

If you visited our Mercer Warehouse home this year, you may have noticed the archive photos in the program hall. The very first photo is from DemoCamp 1 hosted in 2008. DemoCamp was a gathering place for the tech and startup community long before Startup Edmonton and we're honoured to bring more people into the fold with each edition. 

Here are our top three reasons why DemoCamp is our most enduring event: 

November Update: Preflight Sessions, Take Advantage of Ad-tech, and Edmonton Startup Week Recap

November Update: Preflight Sessions, Take Advantage of Ad-tech, and Edmonton Startup Week Recap

After an incredible Edmonton Startup Week in October, November is a chance for us to get back to the basics of supporting our city's startup and tech community the best way we know how: programs & mentorship, workspace, student activities, and fostering community events day-in-and-day-out. 

Preflight is our most comprehensive program offering support to founders of early-stage tech-enabled companies. We have our 5-week sessions on Customer Validation and Telling Your Story coming up next week. There is no better time to start than now! Scroll down for highlights from one of our current members. If you have any questions or requests, drop me an email anytime.

Cheers! 

Take advantage of top ad-tech trends | Visio Media & Brandzooka

Here at Startup Edmonton, we specialize in tech-enabled companies. That's our shorthand for how technology and scale go hand-in-hand; it’s the possibility for a product to expand beyond your expertise and availability. 

Not everyone wants to build a tech-enabled product, but there are still lots of ways that you can integrate top technology trends into your business to help scale your marketing, sales, and customer service efforts. What's even better? There are Edmonton-based companies you can tap into for help! 

Launch Party 8 Recap + #yegsw17 Highlights

Launch Party 8 Recap + #yegsw17 Highlights

Launch Party is a highlight of each Edmonton Startup Week. It's a chance for the entire community to come together, celebrate the efforts of 10 new tech companies, try out products that feature top technology trends, and catch up with the growing list of alumni founders & teams. This year we were thrilled to host the community in Ford Hall, Rogers Place. Especially neat for the team at Startup Edmonton is that we could see our home in the historic Mercer Warehouse in the background all night long. Enjoy some of the photos of our more than 700 guests from Michel Feist, Ampersand Grey, and highlights of #yegsw17 compiled by Shayne Woodsmith at EEDC. 

Edmonton Startup Week | Roundhouse Marketplace, Lunchalytics, Valley Tech Talk, and Lift Interactive

Edmonton Startup Week | Roundhouse Marketplace, Lunchalytics, Valley Tech Talk, and Lift Interactive

Our next round of photos is ready! We're thrilled to share moments from Roundhouse @ Startup Edmonton, Lunchalytics, Valley Tech Talk, and Lift Interactive's Tackling Intangibles Workshop. Special thanks, as always to Shayne and Jeff at Edmonton Economic Development and Michel Feist at Ampersand Grey for all of their help. 

Next week we'll have a recap video and photos from Launch Party 8! 

If This Then That | Edmonton Startup Week 2017

If This Then That | Edmonton Startup Week 2017

IFTTT (If This Then That) is one of our favourite introductory tools to encourage prototyping. A free web-based service, IFTTT creates applets that use conditional statements to get different services, like Gmail, Twitter or a weather app, to trigger actions. Think of it as creating a recipe that would text you to bring a sweater to work if it dips below -1 degrees, or to send your friends a weekly email of all your newly liked songs from a streaming app (especially if you're the one with the best recommendations!)

We're here to be your personal If This Then That guide for Edmonton Startup Week! If you enjoyed a session or experience at #yegsw17, there is sure to be something for you year-round in our city's growing startup community. 

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."