May Update

This week we celebrated our 5th anniversary in the Mercer Warehouse. Over the past five years, we’ve had the chance to connect with hundreds of entrepreneurs, see teams grow, and more students engage with local startups. It is our honour to support our city’s growing startup community.

This month we have a ton of opportunities for you to join in on the celebration! On May 30th, Kelly Hoey joins us for “Building Your Dream Network”. I met Kelly last month and was really impressed with her approach. We have limited availability; be sure to scoop up your ticket soon.

Thank you for your continued support of our work and the amazing efforts of our member companies.

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STARTUP EDMONTON WELCOMES KELLY HOEY

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If you think networking is about schmoozing at cocktail parties or sending a flurry of LinkedIn invites to people you don’t know, think again. Moderated by Tiffany Linke-Boyko, CEO - Startup Edmonton, this interactive session features investor and author, Kelly Hoey, as she provides innovative insights into strategies that will help you form genuine relationships and harness the power of your network to accomplish any goal, from advancing in your career or landing a coveted account to successfully attracting new clients.

The strength of Kelly’s connections and networks explain how this former attorney pivoted to become a much sought after speaker, seasoned investor, and published author. Her carefully crafted journey has led to appearances as a panelist on CNBC’s Power Pitch as well as the honour of being named one of the “25 Smartest Women On Twitter” by Fast Company and being listed as “1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship” by Forbes.

Join us at 7PM on Tuesday, May 30th. Your ticket includes a copy of Kelly's new book. Limited space available! 


WORK AT STARTUP EDMONTON

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We're here to support you as you build a tech-enabled product and company. As our member companies grow, workspace becomes available, and we're excited to welcome more founders & their teams to our Mercer Warehouse location. 

Why work at Startup Edmonton? 

  • Creative collisions happen all the time - over lunch in the kitchen, drinks after work or a quick coffee in the big comfy chairs - giving you the chance to learn from your peers and get real-time feedback when you need it the most. 
  • Surround yourself with other founders and their teams who understand what you're doing and some of the unique challenges that come with being an entrepreneur.
  • By working at a vibrant co-working space & community hub, you'll be more likely to take advantage of all the awesome benefits our startup community has to offer. Attend meetups right after the work-day; take advantage of even more Startup Edmonton programming; and meet a wide network of passionate, talented, and driven founders, developers, designers, and technology enthusiasts. 
  • Great workspace amenities including free coffee, member socials, mentorship hours, and lots of opportunities to profile your company and recruit team members.

Apply for workspace today!
 


EMBER PROFILE: NATHAN DORATY

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Our friend and student member, Nathan Doraty spoke at our 5th Anniversary Celebration this week and it was great to hear how his experiences with the startup community have shaped his future education and career plans. 

Catch up on all of Nathan's experiences at student hackathons, including at trip to Facebook, on our blog!


FOUNDATIONAL WORKSHOPS 

Our foundational workshops are a great place to learn about entrepreneurship and meet like-minded people.

  • Product Tool Kit: Design Thinking  - Thursday, May 25 at 5:00 PM in the program room. One of our most requested workshops, our Product Toolkit helps you build products and services your customers will love. We take a hands-on approach to learning human-centered design principles to move your ideas forward faster, with less wasted resources.
  • Business Model 101 - Tuesday, June 13 at 5:30 PM in the program room. Learn the ins & outs of building a business model. Move from great idea to actionable plan.

RECOMMENDED READING: Scope AR brings its enterprise augmented reality authoring platform to HoloLens via TechCrunch

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By Lucas Matney - May 11: Microsoft’s $3,000 HoloLens dev kit has gathered more attention over the past couple years than a lot of consumer products, but it’s important to remember that the augmented reality headset’s ambitions lie in building a new standard for spatial computing with enterprise customers.

Today, Alberta-based Scope AR announced that it will be launching a version of its WorkLink augmented reality content authoring platform on the HoloLens, giving customers the ability to help remote workers learn to repair or assemble complex machinery.

Read the full article over on TechCrunch.com


5 YEARS AT MERCER! 

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This month we're celebrating our 5th anniversary in the Mercer Warehouse. Over the past five years, we’ve had the chance to connect with hundreds of entrepreneurs, see teams grow, and more students engage with local startups. It is our honour to support our city’s growing startup community.

We'd like to thank our Co-Founders, Ken Bautista and Cam Linke; Kelly and Devin Pope of Gather Co. for making our home at the Mercer a possibility; Jane Bisbee and the Social Enterprise Fund; Mayor Stephen Mandel, Mayor Don Iveson, and City Council; Edmonton Economic Development; the Founders 50; and of course the incredible community of founders, developers, meetup organizers, team members, and investors that have made our space a home for the startup community since opening our doors on May 10, 2012. 

Check out some of our favourite memories up on the blog!


MEMBER UPDATE: POGO CAR SHARE

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Guest Blog - Start Me Up! By Shayne Woodsmith: I got my first car in 1996. I was 16. It was an ‘81, rust-coloured, hatchback Toyota Celica. It came out the same year The Rolling Stones dropped the single “Start Me Up”. If only that Celica was the Mick Jagger of cars and never stopped once it started up, but it was only a year younger than me at the time and 15 human years is like 93 car years. So it was old and wheezy and occasionally didn’t start up at all.

But I loved that car. It ushered me into a new era of freedom in my life—no more running to catch the bus, no more cycling ten kilometres to and from work, no more asking for rides.

I grew up in the suburbs where the only things within walking distance were other houses and a lone gas station where I bought candy as a kid and then gasoline and candy as a teenager. Owning a car was a significant life upgrade—I felt like Leo on the bow of the Titanic yelling, “I’m the king of the world!” In my ‘81 Celica, I was the king of the world, windows down, mixtape in the cassette player, “The World I Know” by Collective Soul blasting from blown speakers.

As I got older, I bought newer and newer cars—cassettes gave way to CDs, CDs to MP3s, MP3s to iPods. Then after owning cars for almost two decades, I again upgraded my life, but this time I felt more like Mel Gibson when he yells, “Freedom!” while being disembowelled at the end of Braveheart. As I exchanged my ‘07 Mini Cooper for a certified cheque and then watched my all-time favourite car drive away forever, I wondered why this upgrade felt like a downgrade.

I haven’t owned a car for two years now—no more car payments and insurance premiums, no more oil changes, breakdowns, or surprise $1,000 repairs, no more parking tickets, getting towed, or bananas in tailpipes. I replaced driving with walking, more bike riding, taking transit, hailing Ubers, and when I need a car, hopping in a Pogo.

Check out the rest of Shayne's article and three videos up on the blog!


FIWARE INFORMATION SESSION & WORKSHOP

Edmonton Research Park and FIWARE Foundation are joining together to deliver a full-day information session to define FIWARE and illustrate the many uses and benefits of the technology and the community it has developed.

FIWARE is an open source IT platform,and a community, at the same time. Its mission is to expand the innovation ecosystem around the use of public, royalty-free technologies for the development of smart applications in multiple vertical domains, easing the connection of IoT devices with other sources of information, together with big data analysis on the cloud.

Learn more and register for the June 5th session!


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