August Update

Thank you to everyone that came out for August Hack Day. Warren worked on some culinary science experiments, Ross & Colin gave a great Intro to Raspberry Pi workshop, and Free Code Camp saw a bunch of first time participants. 

Our website is up-to-date with all of the Fall 2016 programming. Be sure to check out all of the opportunities to develop your startup ideas and learn new skills to start moving forward. 

We'd also like to take this moment to say goodbye to our amazing Front Desk Concierge and friend, David Ton-Lai. David joined the team just in time for Edmonton Startup Week 2015 and is leaving us to explore Japan for the next year! We wish him the very best & can't wait to hear about his adventures. 

A friendly reminder that Launch Party 7 applications are due by September 17! We're looking to support technology companies with new products in market in the past 12 months.

- Team Startup Edmonton


Startup Edmonton Update 2016

We had the pleasure of updating our Founders 50 on the progress of Startup Edmonton earlier this summer. The Founders 50 is a group of business leaders that supported Startup Edmonton and championed our growth into the Mercer Warehouse campus. Please take a moment and check out our Summer 2016 update, including a letter from Tiffany Linke-Boyko, CEO. 


DEMOCAMP 32 | September 22

DemoCamp brings together developers, creatives, entrepreneurs and investors to share what they’ve been working on and to find others in the community interested in similar topics. For presenters, it’s a great way to get feedback on what you’re building from peers and the community, all in an informal setting. Started back in 2008, DemoCamp Edmonton has steadily grown into one of the largest in the country, with over 200 people attending each event.

The rules for DemoCamp are simple: 7 minutes to demo real, working products, followed by a few minutes for questions, and no slides allowed.

Time: 6:30 pm doors open, 6:45 pm program starts
Location: CCIS 1-160, University of Alberta
Drinks and networking to follow at RATT (Room At The Top) - 7th floor of the Students Union Building

Hashtag is #democampyeg


Startup Programs

Design Thinking Workshop

  • 3 hour primer on design thinking
  • Learn to keep your customer at the centre of your product / solution 
  • Tools for ideation and prototyping
  • September 29 | October 27

Preflight Beta

  • 3 hours dedicated to taking your idea to reality! 
  • Lean Canvas Model helps you explore your product idea 
  • Identify customers, channels and a path to revenue
  • $25 or use your Commons Membership code! 
  • September 13

Startup 101 Sessions

Startup 101 workshops are 80 min sessions focused on the basics of starting a business, from finance to legal and everything in between. Stay tuned for updates on October and November sessions in the September newsletter.


Preflight Fall 2016

Preflight is our 15 week, hands-on program for entrepreneurs working on tech-enabled products. Through a series of classes, assignments and year-round mentorship opportunities, we help you to map out and validate your startup idea.

  • Preflight 1: Customer Validation
    • September 11 - October 13
  • Preflight 2: Minimum Viable Product
    • November 1 - November 29
  • Preflight 3: Telling Your Story (Customers, Accelerators & Investors) 
    • September 14 - October 12 

Apply today and remember to sign-up for Preflight Beta, our prerequisite primer on the Lean Canvas Model. 


Partner Event: ATB BoostR Stage

The ATB BoostR Stage returns to Edmonton on September 22. Entrepreneurs have the chance to pitch business ideas on stage to hundreds from the local community, with the opportunity to win funds for their business in real time! Application deadline is August 12, 2016.

BoostR, a program of ATB Financial, enables entrepreneurs to raise funds, test ideas and build community support around their business ideas. The community "boosts" businesses through a purchase of a reward, a consumer product or service - all along helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals through local support. ATB pairs each successful BoostR program applicant with an advisor who guides entrepreneurs through the process of crowdfunding. The BoostR Stage is a live pitch event that highlights some great companies and products people can find on the BoostR platform. 

Crowdfunding platforms (such as BoostR by ATB Financial, Kickstarter and Indigogo) are one way to test and validated your startup idea. You can learn more about customer validation and minimum viable product through Startup Edmonton's Preflight program. Next sessions begin in September! 


Partner Event: Banff Venture Forum

The New Technology Economy Happens in Banff!

Banff Venture Forum returns to Banff, Canada on September 22 & 23 for its 18th annual event that brings together North America’s best, boldest, most innovative emerging and established Information Technology, Sustainable Technology, and Health Technology companies. The Banff Venture Forum looks forward to opening its doors to the best line-up yet - including engaging, insightful presentations from entrepreneurs, panel sessions with investors from across Canada and the United States, and compelling Keynote Speakers.

#BVF2016 is an excellent platform to reach entrepreneurial and investment communities with premium networking opportunities with more than 45 investors from across North America. Reminder: August 15 is the last call for presenting companies. Apply today!


Community Meetups

Open Hardware Meetup

Monthly Hack Day

Free Code Camp

Edmonton Python User Group

Agile Edmonton

Edmonton Sharepoint Users Group

Ladies Learning Code

Agile Edmonton

YEG Stupid Hackathon

Edmonton Go Meetup

BetaCity YEG

Agile Edmonton

UX Edmonton

Founders' Friday

  • September 2 | 12:00 PM

Edmonton Data Science Meetup


Special thanks to our corporate partners and supporters