Founder Update: Visio Media

Founder Update: Visio Media

In celebration of our 5th anniversary at the Mercer Warehouse, we had the opportunity to chat with some of our alumni founders about how things have changed for their companies since our downtown community hub opened. We're thrilled that our milestones often coincide with exciting news from our alumni companies! Over the next six weeks, we'll be sharing updates from some of Edmonton's hardest working founders.

In this episode, we hear from Nicolette Leonardis, Vice President & Co-Founder at Visio Media.

Founder Update: Poppy Barley

Founder Update: Poppy Barley

In celebration of our 5th anniversary at the Mercer Warehouse, we had the opportunity to chat with some of our alumni founders about how things have changed for their companies since our downtown community hub opened. We're thrilled that our milestones often coincide with exciting news from our alumni companies! Over the next six weeks, we'll be sharing updates from some of Edmonton's hardest working founders. 

Supporting a diversified economy in Alberta | Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program

Supporting a diversified economy in Alberta | Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program

Day-in-and-day-out we see the impact our members and alumni companies have on our city's economy. They are hiring, renting larger office spaces as their teams grow, and bringing investment to the region. It's our pleasure to be of service to these founders, teams, and entrepreneurs each step of the way with programming, mentorship, flexible workspace, and access to a supportive community. 

Yesterday, we hosted the Government of Alberta for an exciting announcement regarding the Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program. Edmonton region business incubators TEC Edmonton, NAIT, Northern Alberta Business Incubator, and Startup Edmonton will receive $1.5 million funding over two years from the provincial government to provide increased services to entrepreneurs and startups looking to enter and navigate the innovation system. Funding will support entrepreneurs, recent graduates and innovators by providing mentorship, business advice and open access to testing space, and world class prototyping and light manufacturing equipment.

July Update

July Update

Summer is here! We're busy planning our fall Preflight schedule, gearing up for Edmonton Startup Week, and finding lots of new ways to connect with students when they're back in classes. This month, we have two workshops that will help you move your project idea forward: Business Model 101 and Startup 101: Build a website using Squarespace.

I encourage you to take a few hours this month to work on a side project or wild idea - there's no better time to start than now!

If you're looking for some quick summer reading, why not check out our blog? Last month, we had the chance to share our thoughts on biases in the VC community, make some article & podcast recommendations, highlight our alumni members, and reflect on how to make the most of our networking time. I'm always on the hunt for great startup reads - send them my way!

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Thanks for your tweet. We've thought about this a lot, too. I recently shared an article from Reid Hoffman on my social media accounts - The Human Rights of Women Entrepreneurs. It highlights behavior changes needed in the extremes but doesn't address the way day-to-day bias can affect women in all roles in tech.

Startup Edmonton Notes: Handcrafted - Masters of Scale

Startup Edmonton Notes: Handcrafted - Masters of Scale

Masters of Scale, the incredibly easy-to-listen-to podcast from LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman, is a great way to learn how some of your favourite tech-enabled companies grew at incredible rates. The episodes are chock-full of fun founder stories, but also lots of real lessons that you can put to work today. 

In Episode One - Handcrafted, Brian Chesky, Co-Founder & CEO of Airbnb, talks at length about how to build a platform that could scale, they had to spend time doing a bunch of small things that couldn't. This approach is still a big part of how they roll out new features and projects. 

Brian talks about his two stages of product development: Step 1: Build a perfect product. Step 2: Scale the experience. (Of course, here at Startup Edmonton, we would encourage you to do a ton of customer validation before jumping into product development!)

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.