Member Profile: DrugBank

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.

Why We Love Community (And Why You Should, Too)

Why We Love Community (And Why You Should, Too)

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.): 

Member Profile: Nathan Doraty - The Value Of Building While You're A Student

Member Profile: Nathan Doraty - The Value Of Building While You're A Student

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. 

December Update: Best Wishes From Startup Edmonton, Loads of Meetups, Get A Jump Start on Your New Year's Resolutions

December Update: Best Wishes From Startup Edmonton, Loads of Meetups, Get A Jump Start on Your New Year's Resolutions

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

When is the best time for a startup to seek outside capital?

When is the best time for a startup to seek outside capital?

Often, one of the first questions new entrepreneurs ask Tiffany during programs and mentorship sessions is how they can secure funding for their startup idea. Tiffany is a firm believer that when is a much more important question than how. Once a founder has a firm understanding of when funding should come into play, they can start building out a timeline for product development to make sure their hitting some key milestones to prepare for funding. 

Member Profile: Cappsule

Member Profile: Cappsule

Sahr Saffa, co-founder and Chief Hustler at Cappsule, and his team think there is a better way to share memories, moments and reviews associated with your favourite spots. Their new app encourages everyone to leave video & photo time capsules to help your fellow citizens discover the best of their communities. 

Social Media Recep: DemoCamp 33

Social Media Recep: DemoCamp 33

Last night (November 22, 2016) was our 33rd edition of DemoCamp! It is the first place to check out new projects and products as they are in development. We love that it's a mix of super polished products and hacked together projects from internal hackdays, students & community members. 

Recommended Reading | Recap: DemoCamp Edmonton 33

Recommended Reading | Recap: DemoCamp Edmonton 33

"Tonight was Edmonton’s 33rd DemoCamp which took place at the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (CCIS) on the University of Alberta campus. Here is my recap of DemoCamp Edmonton 31 from back in May. I presented with Karen at the last one in September and didn’t actually post about it! More on that later. " - Mack Male. 

http://blog.mastermaq.ca/2016/11/22/recap-democamp-edmonton-33/