The Local Good: Carsharing in Edmonton celebrates one year

Celebrating its first year of operation, naming Pogo Carshare’s biggest triumph is easy for co-founder and entrepreneur Kieran Ryan — simply, that it works.

Now with over 2,000 members to date, Pogo has received plenty of local support, with an average user age of 35 and the potential to transform (currently) downtown, Old Strathcona and the university area when it comes to options around car ownership.

I sat down with Kieran at Little Brick Cafe in Riverdale, and, properly caffeinated, chatted about Pogo’s first year in Edmonton — a city, by the way, where there was apparent skepticism about success for a carsharing model.
— Laura Beth Ward, The Local Good

Recap: DemoCamp Edmonton 29

Edmonton’s 29th DemoCamp took place tonight at the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (CCIS) on the University of Alberta campus. I wasn’t able to make it unfortunately, but I did follow along with each of the demos via Twitter (thanks to Karen Unland). In the spirit of continuing to document the startup scene in Edmonton, I wanted to do a quick write-up.
— Mack D. Male

Member Profile: Care Network

Member Profile: Care Network

Kyle Fox, Co-Founder of Care Network and is an active member of our startup community. Care Network, a team collaboration for hospital doctors, was recently featured at Launch Party 6, an event showcasing companies who are rapidly growing, attracting investor funding, and earning revenue. Kyle and his team, Dr. Noel Gibney and Emmet Gibney, are doing some great things for our community and we can’t wait to hear how they’re making an impact over the coming year. We sat down with Kyle to chat about Care Network and their Startup Edmonton experiences. 

Startup Week Recap Day #2

Edmonton Startup Week continues to crawl on (pun intended)! Yesterday we had two solid events that made our Tuesdays that much better: the Startup Communities Breakfast and the Startup City Crawl...Now you get the joke :)

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The day kicked off with the Startup Communities Breakfast, featuring Bala Kamallakharan and Haukur (Hauk) Gudjonsson from Iceland. Bala founded Startup Iceland and writes great content on the Startup Iceland blog. Hauk owns a company all about renting out cabins across Iceland and Eastern Canada called Bungalo. He also has a great blog called the Viking Entrepreneur.

They talked about how the economic collapse of Iceland in 2008 was the catalyst for a lot of startup opportunities and community building. What was great to hear was that they are facing similar challenges in Iceland as we face in Edmonton. The feeling of isolation, the challenge of breaking down the walls and talking to those in your community. Startup Iceland truly started around a book club and evolved from there. The first book in their book club, was none other than the Lean Canvas Model. Bala and Hauk also recommended The Startup Communities for anyone interested in learning about the ins and outs of the startup culture and community building.

Mo & Mazen Mahfouz

Mo & Mazen Mahfouz

During the breakfast, we also got a chance to see a creation bubbling in Startup Edmonton, filmed and produced by some of our close friends, Mo and Mazen Mafouz of MXM. The first episode of the Startup Cities mini series. Soon, you’ll all get a chance to see it too. Stay tuned on the Startup Edmonton channels for more information soon.

Startup Crawl saw five local startup offices host the community to learn more about their work culture, products and teams. A massive thanks to Localize, Unit B, Jobber, Granify and Mailout for having us!

Photos! Head over to Facebook to check out great photos of Mega Meetup Night.  

Startup Week Recap Day #1

Happy Startup Week everyone! If you missed some of the action of day 1 of Edmonton Startup Week, you can find all of the goods below.

We started Edmonton Startup Week with an open coffee & tour of Startup Edmonton this morning and it was just what everyone needed to kick off their weeks. Hauk, from Startup Iceland even joined along for the tour!

Lunchalytics was just what we needed for some lunch time brain power. Municipalities close to home and surrounding Edmonton came together for a panel discussion on how open data can be used to create some community shifting, thought-provoking information on what they’ve developed. Over 60 people attended to listen to what open data is doing for our citizens. Want to check out what they talked about? Take a peek at these open data platforms:

Mega Meetup Night featured 35 meetups who use the Startup Edmonton space as their homebase. People got a chance to mingle and check out what each meetup had to offer. From robots, to game developer enthusiasts, to social media and all things ‘code’, there was something a little different for everyone who stopped by last night. Did you sign up for a meetup after attending the event?

So many #yegsw15 events yet to come this week! See you at the Startup Communities Breakfast, Tuesday, Oct. 20 bright and early

Edmonton Startup Week Survival Guide

Edmonton Startup Week Survival Guide

With over 20+ events, it’s going to be hard to get to every event during Edmonton Startup Week while handling a job, family, recreational commitments, etc. We feel your pain and want to make it a bit easier to navigate Startup Week so you can maximize your time and experience, whatever events you choose to attend. Read about how you can optimize your Edmonton Startup Week 2015.  

Meet the Mega Meetups at Startup Week - Part II

Meet the Mega Meetups at Startup Week - Part II

Continuing from our last post, we have a few more meetups to introduce you to for Mega Meetup Night, part of Edmonton Startup Week.

Join us on Monday, Oct. 19 @ 6:30 pm for a good ol’ fashioned meet and greet with our local community builders and see how you can get involved in a meetup. This is the perfect time to pick their brains and find a meetup that fits with your interests. Here's a part 2 for Mega Meetup Night.