Summer Update from Startup Edmonton

Summer Update from Startup Edmonton

I hope you are having a fantastic summer filled with lots of time to relax with friends and family! The summer months at Startup Edmonton have been filled with exciting company updates, lots of students in the space working as interns or building their own projects, and tons of planning for the fall. 

Be sure to check out the exciting new role we're adding to our team - Strategic Program Manager. We're expanding programming in a big way in the fall and are looking for someone passionate about entrepreneurs, excited to lead a team, and devoted to building the startup community. 

The 2018/2019 season of DemoCamp returns, and we're recruiting companies, products and projects to join us on September 18. Apply today for our technical show-and-tell!

Hiring a new team member is a significant milestone for our member companies, and the Job Board is loaded with excellent opportunities. Congratulations to all of our growing teams!

See you soon!

Facebook Live: Tech Entrepreneurship & Parenthood

Facebook Live: Tech Entrepreneurship & Parenthood

This week, Kris Sabourin, Director of Product & Engineering at Betable, sits down for a chat all about the realities of being a parent while growing a tech company. Kris is a dedicated member of the startup community and has a track record of building and leading highly skilled, hard-working, and happy teams.

When is the right time for your startup to start automating tasks?

When is the right time for your startup to start automating tasks?

In this week's Facebook Live, Stephanie and Lauren sat down for a chat all about the power of automation. Sometimes moving towards automation feels like you're taking the human element out of your company. Lauren showcases how automation can help your team be more creative and improve relationships with your customers. 

New Opportunity: Strategic Program Manager @ Startup Edmonton

New Opportunity: Strategic Program Manager @ Startup Edmonton

We are looking for a passionate person who is excited about building the startup community and helping entrepreneurs find success.

The Strategic Program Manager is an important role in the expansion of Startup Edmonton programs. This role will report to and work directly with the CEO of Startup Edmonton to strategically expand and execute programs in order to increase the number of tech-enabled companies being created. Edmonton is at an exciting point in time to foster a swell of tech startups and Startup Edmonton programs play a key role in this.

Operating in a fast-past environment, this person will lead a team in the growth of programming through partnerships, new curriculum and increased program awareness. They will bring a strong ability to manage and coach team members; while being strategically focused on evolving and developing programming in order to maintain relevance and impact.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and developing programs, managing a budget, meeting sales targets and managing partner relationships. This leader will have at least 2 years of experience directly managing people. They will be passionate about the entrepreneurial community and making an impact on the innovation community.

Facebook Live: Top Three Tips for Doing Business Abroad

Facebook Live: Top Three Tips for Doing Business Abroad

Tiffany Linke-Boyko, Startup Edmonton CEO, shares her top three tips for how to do business around the world. Before her time at Startup Edmonton, Tiffany produced events for tens of thousands of attendees in Edmonton, across the country, Europe and Africa.

One of the best parts of working on a tech startup is that you can build your company for a global audience right from the start. Technology affords us a massive opportunity to sell to the world! Tune in to hear Tiffany's hands-on and practical advice about how to make the most of your time when working in new markets. 

Acquisition as a path to scale - Showbie's next step towards growth

Acquisition as a path to scale - Showbie's next step towards growth

One of the best parts of working with founders of technology companies is they are poised for scale right from the start. The potential to scale is rooted in creating products and businesses that can grow and manage increased demand. If a local tech company achieves high growth through scaling, there are jobs created, a more diversified economy, and greater connectedness between our community and other cities around the world. In short, when companies scale to the world from Edmonton, it benefits all of us!

Thinking about how your company can scale when you're just getting started will help you make informed business decisions around how to make your operations and product more stable and competitive - from your systems and product roadmap to how your team is structured. Building with this mindset means you will be ready to handle a massive influx of demand from customers and pressure from competitors. 

Companies grow to scale in different ways, companies can leverage technology to create partnerships with big industry players, or they can attract significant VC investment. Often CEOs and their teams of advisors are focused on building business growth through a mix of these strategies. 

Another pathway to growth is an acquisition. An acquisition is when one company purchases the technology or entire business operations in cooperation with the selling company. 

Read on to learn more about Showbie’s path to growth through acquisition!

Alumni Update: Customer Identity Leader LoginRadius Announces $17M Series A Funding from ForgePoint and Microsoft’s Venture Fund, M12

Alumni Update: Customer Identity Leader LoginRadius Announces $17M Series A Funding from ForgePoint and Microsoft’s Venture Fund, M12

In March of 2015, Rakesh Soni shared a blog post "How Edmonton's startup ecosystem helped us dramatically grow LoginRadius." He shared the progress of the company and how they interacted with so many of the supporters, organizations, and events our city has to offer as they began their journey to build a tech product. They have come a long way since working on their business idea from a mining camp site room 120km north of Fort McMurray! 

Today, LoginRadius announced a $17M in Series A funding from  ForgePoint and Microsoft’s Venture Fund, M12. This new injections of funds will be used to accelerate product innovation, customer acquisition, and global expansion.

Since its launch in 2012, LoginRadius has relentlessly focused on customer identity and has experienced triple-digit annual growth for the past two years. The company has grown to support global offices in Vancouver, London, San Francisco, Sydney, and Jaipur, with plans to more than double its workforce in the next 12 months. 

Here at Startup Edmonton, we had the pleasure of working with LoginRadius in their very early days!

Member Update: Snap and SAM Partner to Break News Even Faster!

Member Update: Snap and SAM Partner to Break News Even Faster!

Last week, SAM announced a new partnership with Snapchat to provide its users access to faster breaking news by leveraging the massive amounts of UGC (user generated content) from one of the world's most active social platforms. 

SAM is a real-time knowledge engine. Combining artificial intelligence with social media, SAM turns unstructured social media chatter into actionable insight and awareness regarding emergency and disruptive events, such as fire, shooting, power outage, or earthquakes. Every day, over 1 billion statuses, tweets, photos, and videos are uploaded to social media—creating the richest, raw dataset in the world. SAM's NLP and ML algorithms extract key descriptors, triangulate location data, and group substantiating social content to provide its customers with alerts and context surrounding developing events.

This announcement from SAM is an excellent reminder of the power and potential harnessed within the apps and technology products we use every day. While we're sharing fun snaps with friends and family, aiming for unbroken streaks with our BFF, the same platform is used around the world to capture breaking events, from national sporting celebrations to natural disasters. 

Read the full update from SAM founder James Neufeld below and learn more about how the incredibly bright technical team based in Edmonton is working with new media giants to improve performance for their customers around the world. 

We're on the search for a Community Program Manager

We're on the search for a Community Program Manager

We are looking for a passionate individual who is excited about building the startup community and helping entrepreneurs find success. The Community Program Manager is a key leader and driver of growth at Startup Edmonton, responsible for empowering and inspiring members, entrepreneurs and post-secondary students.  Helping these key community members understand the opportunity in Edmonton to build a tech-enabled company and connecting them to the startup community and programs to grow their understanding and skills.