March Update: Student DevCon, DemoCamp #40, and more opportunities to connect!

March is always an exciting time for us because we're preparing for hundreds of students to join us at Student DevCon 2018! Bigger and better than ever this year, we have a dozen workshops and three keynote speakers to help prepare our brightest minds for life beyond the classroom.

If you're not a student, there is still loads to do at Startup Edmonton in March & April, from meetups to workshops, Preflight to member socials! 

We're celebrating a decade of demos with DemoCamp #40 on March 14 at CCIS. Scroll down to check out the throw-back lineup and all the great folks you can come out to meet this coming Thursday. 

See you soon! 

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Student DevCon 2018 | March 24, 2018

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Hands-on workshop sessions are one of the best parts of Student DevCon, and we have more options than ever before for students to choose from this year! 

From Data Visualization to Artificial Intelligence, Gaming to How To Hackathon, we're excited to have great leaders from startups, scaling companies, and research institutes connect with our students from across schools and programs. 

Your ticket is just $35 and includes meals, workshops, keynotes, swag, and a company mixer! 

Register today!


PREFLIGHT 3 | TELLING YOUR STORY 

Our next session of Preflight 3 - Telling Your Story starts on March 21st.

In this 5-week session, we focus on all the ways you can motivate customers and investors to buy into your product and company. 

  • Prepare to pitch, how to master the Q & A, and build great decks
  • Build campaigns to launch a product, announce new features, or increase growth 
  • Dive into social media, content marketing, media relations, and paid advertising 

Tiffany Linke-Boyko and Stephanie Enders join forces to deliver workshop sessions one evening a week. Plus, lots of practice week-over-week to get you ready to speak publicly and confidently about your product, company, and plans for growth. 

$349 Annual Membership includes one-on-one mentorship! 

Apply for Preflight 3 (March 19 deadline)


A DECADE OF DEMOS | MARCH 14 @ CCIS 

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Next week we celebrate ten years of DemoCamp, and we're excited to hit this exciting milestone. It's our most enduring community event for good reasons - awesome product, even better people, and time to connect over drinks. 

"40 DemoCamps! Not bad considering I was told “that will never work in Edmonton” when we started DemoCamp 1! It’s been amazing to see not only how much DemoCamp has grown but how the community has grown, embraced DemoCamp and the startup community overall. Many of the companies that showed off their first version at DemoCamp have gone on to do amazing things, and the best part to see is the connections, projects, and companies that have come out of the interactions that happened at the beers after!" Cam Linke  

DemoCamp 40 Lineup:

Read the full blog post and RSVP!


BUSINESS MODEL 101 | APPROACH YOUR IDEA IN A NEW WAY!

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usiness Model 101 returns on March 13 and April 9, 2018!

Why do we run this session so often? The Lean Canvas is the best way to focus your ideas, approach challenges from a new perspective, and keep moving forward. 

This three-hour workshop is excellent for tech ideas, community or personal projects, or even to tackle a challenge at work from an entirely new point-of-view. 

Register today - $25


NVENTURE$ | JUNE 6 - 8, 2018 | CALGARY, AB 

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INVENTURE$ brings venture capitalists, angel investors, startups, entrepreneurs, service providers and thought leaders together in one unified conference to discover and share the latest in innovation, research, capital access, deal-making and experiential learning.

INVENTURE$ is the place to be for networking, deal-making and relationship building, featuring high-profile keynotes, executive panel discussions, experiential learning and more.

With more than 150 speakers and panellists expected to participate, it's a chance to connect with experts and collaborators across fields.

Grab your tickets!


RECOMMENDED READING | ACCELERATE FUND II INVESTMENT

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A few weeks ago, our officemates Testfire Labs shared exciting funding news! They are the latest recipient of investment from the Accelerate Fund II. This investment will accelerate their go-to-market strategy and help move them forward into the U.S. market.

We're lucky to have Yaletown Partners, managers of the fund, with us as members of our Mercer Warehouse campus.  Both of the Accelerate Fund II investments in Edmonton, Testfire Labs and Visio Media, are Launch Party alumni companies and active members of our city's startup community. 

We have the pleasure of having a front-row seat to the successes of all of our member companies. As the Testfire team grows, it's wonderful to see them engage with the broader community, continue to build awesome side projects, and offer support to other founders and teams as they go through the same challenges. A huge congratulations on this milestone and we can't wait to see what happens next. 

Click to read the full announcement and to learn more about Testfire Labs and its artificial intelligence (AI) powered software platform that helps enterprises to make meetings more efficient. Meet Hendrix! 

Read the full post!