MEMBER UPDATE: EDMONTON’S POPPY BARLEY OPENS FLAGSHIP STORE AT SOUTHGATE CENTRE

MEMBER UPDATE: EDMONTON’S POPPY BARLEY OPENS FLAGSHIP STORE AT SOUTHGATE CENTRE

Our friends at Poppy Barley announced big news today! 1000 square feet of news with the opening of a flagship location at Southgate Centre in August 2017.

Congratulations to the incredibly hardworking team at Poppy Barley as they embark on an exciting new journey (and welcome 12 new members to the PB family!). Over the past five years, we assembled desks together as we moved into the Mercer Warehouse, you measured our feet in Work Space 1 for some of the first orders of boots, and welcomed hundreds of eager Poppy Barley customers at sample sales where lineups snaked down the stairwell and out onto 104th Street. 

It's an honor to share in so many milestones with you & we look forward to much more to come. 

Member Profile: Shay Barker - the newest member of the Startup Edmonton family

Member Profile: Shay Barker - the newest member of the Startup Edmonton family

We’re excited to add a new member to the Startup Edmonton family - meet Shay Barker, our Program Manager!

In the coming months, you’ll get to know Shay more as she leads Preflight sessions, offers mentorship hours, and expands the reach of our programs. Be sure to keep an eye out for Shay in the community; she’ll be the one eager to hear about your challenges & how she can help.

Shay is a new resident to Edmonton; she loves everything about the city and all that it has to offer. You can catch her cheering on the Edmonton Oilers, hanging out at the Next Act, drinking craft beer, or checking out the local music scene.

June Update

June Update

Thank you for helping us celebrate our Mercer Warehouse 5th anniversary in May! We had a wonderful time connecting with current and past member companies, Launch Party alumni, and all of the community members that help make our space in the historic Mercer Warehouse come alive at more than 285+ events a year. 

June is a great opportunity to get started on your project or product idea before all the hustle and bustle of the summer months! We have lots of workshops coming up including Startup 101: Managing Cashflow with our friends from PwCBusiness Model 101Product Toolkit, and a special introduction to design thinking at the Google Shop. 

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Startup Edmonton Notes: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and the Startup Community

Startup Edmonton Notes: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and the Startup Community

At the Mayor's State of the City address last month, we heard a lot about companies in Edmonton that are embracing technology to scale traditional industries and business models. Mayor Iveson cited Jobber, a member and Launch Party alumni company, as one of the local technology companies that is growing at an incredible rate and doing so by applying technology to optimize thousands of small businesses around the world, from landscaping to appliance repair and almost any service industry in between. 

Here at Startup Edmonton, I hear a lot every day about machine intelligence and the opportunities for Edmonton to take a leading role in the way these technologies are integrated into businesses of all sizes and in all industries. We have leading researchers and students at Amii at the University of Alberta, but we also have startup and technology communities that are hungry to learn and implement these research principles into their products & projects.

Recommended Reading: Inc.com - Creating A Welcoming Space For Every Type Of Entrepreneur To Take Risks

Recommended Reading: Inc.com - Creating A Welcoming Space For Every Type Of Entrepreneur To Take Risks

Startup Edmonton welcomes every entrepreneur from tech to tattoos and provides the needed community to help them take risks necessary to scale. 

To discover what's different about the startup community in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Startup Edmonton's CEO, Tiffany Linke-Boyko suggests we start on the ground floor of the Mercer Warehouse. In "Vacancy Hall" (as the ground floor pop-up retail space is known) entrepreneurs can rent space month-to-month as a way to test or introduce new products or meet customers.

Startup Edmonton Notes: Lessons from Kelly Hoey

Yesterday,  we had the pleasure of hosting author, investor, and all-around awesome individual Kelly Hoey for a day of roundtable discussions, one-on-one mentoring, and an evening Q & A with the startup community - all focused on building your dream network.

Kelly's book Build Your Dream Network is full of practical advice on how to be a good person in business, practice networking activities are always mutually beneficial, and make the most of the extracurriculars like clubs, crowds, committees, and cohorts to foster community not just connections.

RECOMMENDED READING | EDMONTON-BASED JOBBER OPENS TORONTO OFFICE TO TAP INTO SALES AND MARKETING TALENT

RECOMMENDED READING | EDMONTON-BASED JOBBER OPENS TORONTO OFFICE TO TAP INTO SALES AND MARKETING TALENT

BETAKIT  | BY JESSICA GALANG  CANADIAN STARTUP NEWS MAY 16, 2017

A year and a half after it announced an $8 million Series A, Jobber has opened a Toronto sales office as it focuses on growth.

“We have the majority of that money still in the bank thanks to our diligence around how we deploy capital and focusing on profitable growth,” says Jobber CEO Sam Pillar, who adds that the company is profitable.

The Edmonton-based company’s Toronto office will be located at OneEleven, which just hosted the opening of its 250,000 square foot space last week. Jobber has also brought on new VP of marketing David McInInch, who will be responsible for overseeing the company’s growth and go-to-market strategy and leading the new Toronto office. McIninch has 15 years of experience in the marketing industry at companies like ADP, Acquisio, and Morneau Shepell.

“It’s the biggest labour market in Canada, and the time zone is great for us from a sales and customer support perspective,” said Pillar. “Toronto has a lot of really great talent to complement what we have in Edmonton, and honestly, there are certain kinds of roles, that Edmonton is sort of lacking…that pedigree that we can’t get access to in Edmonton. So there are some of those kinds of roles that Toronto will be beneficial for.”

May Update

May Update

This week we celebrated our 5th anniversary in the Mercer Warehouse. Over the past five years, we’ve had the chance to connect with hundreds of entrepreneurs, see teams grow, and more students engage with local startups. It is our honour to support our city’s growing startup community.

This month we have a ton of opportunities for you to join in on the celebration! On May 30th, Kelly Hoey joins us for “Building Your Dream Network”. I met Kelly last month and was really impressed with her approach. We have limited availability; be sure to scoop up your ticket soon.

Thank you for your continued support of our work and the amazing efforts of our member companies.

5 Years At Mercer Warehouse!

5 Years At Mercer Warehouse!

This week we're celebrating our 5th anniversary in the Mercer Warehouse. Over the past five years, we’ve had the chance to connect with hundreds of entrepreneurs, see teams grow, and more students engage with local startups. It is our honour to support our city’s growing startup community.

We'd like to thank our Co-Founders, Ken Bautista and Cam Linke; Kelly and Devin Pope of Gather Co. for making our home at the Mercer a possibility; Jane Bisbee and the Social Enterprise Fund; Mayor Stephen Mandel, Mayor Don Iveson, and City Council; Edmonton Economic Development; the Founders 50; and of course the incredible community of founders, developers, meetup organizers, team members, and investors that have made our space a home for the startup community since opening our doors on May 10, 2012. 

Check out some of our favourite memories! 

Soft Landing with Canadian Digital Media Network

Soft Landing with Canadian Digital Media Network

The CDMN Soft Landing program is now accepting applications for travel ocurring between June - August 2017. Deadline for applications is May 14. Successful candidates will receive up to $4,000CDN in reimbursable expenses to help offset transportation and accommodation costs. Companies landing at a co-working space, accelerator or incubator may also have the costs associated with their desk space covered by CDMN for up to three months.