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Tiffany Linke-Boyko, CEO | Tiffany@startupedmonton.com
Tiffany leads a team that connects entrepreneurs and product builders with community, skills and space to support them as they take ideas to reality. Tiffany has helped develop a range of programs and events such as Edmonton Startup Week, DemoCamp and the Preflight workshop series. Tiffany has played a vital role in Startup Edmonton's growth into a campus and community hub that has welcomed more than 50,000 participants at events, helped launch 60 startups, and currently houses 120 members and 40 companies.
In addition to her work at Startup Edmonton, Tiffany currently serves on the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) Advisory Board, a network of regional innovation hubs across Canada, all focused on supporting Canada’s digital entrepreneurs; and on the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Dream Centre, a centre of excellence in addiction and recovery that provides hope and health to women in crisis through a long-term, holistic residential recovery program. Recently, Tiffany completed sitting on the Mayor's Task Force to Eliminate Poverty, an initiative of the City of Edmonton that brings together expertise from a wide-range of fields for conversations and solution-building around eliminating poverty.
For her many contributions to the betterment of business and community, Tiffany was named Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 in November 2014. NAIT recognized Tiffany’s contributions with the 2015 Spirit of NAIT Award.
Stephanie Enders, Manager | email@example.com
Steph manages marketing, communications, and foundational programming for Startup Edmonton. For more than a decade, her professional practice has focused on bridging the gap between creators and audiences, tech products and customers, and letting the creativity and passion of builders shine at the centre of marketing and communication efforts.
Past clients include Cirque du Soleil, Broadway Across Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, Compassion House Foundation, and the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Steph is dedicated to civic engagement and has a long record of volunteering in the community, supporting organizations like Edmonton's NextGen, Pecha Kucha, Metro Cinema, and the Kids with Cancer Society.
In addition to her work supporting technology founders, Steph teaches at MacEwan University in the Arts and Cultural Management Program and sits on the Global Advisory Board for the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event.
shay barker, program manager | Shay@startupedmonton.com
Shay is passionate about the messy work of entrepreneurship. She’s happiest in the trenches with founders and their teams working hard to get products and services into the hands of customers. In the coming months, you’ll meet Shay as she leads Preflight sessions, offers mentorship hours, and expands the reach of our programs.
In previous roles, Shay has worked with Thumbprint Craft Beer Market, Hayloft Restaurant, and supporting economic development in more than 35 rural communities and businesses across the province. Her past volunteer roles include supporting Camrose Open Door, Habitat for Humanity Camrose, and Rose City Roots Music Society.
When she isn’t busy cheering on the Oilers, she can be found serving up Alberta’s finest craft beer at various events or wandering through the River Valley. 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.
Lauren Briske, Community Manager | Lauren@stARTUPEDMONTON.COM
Lauren creates a sense of interconnectedness in the member community here at Startup Edmonton, both within the Mercer campus and in programs. In addition to liaising with our Preflight members to ensure they have the tools, resources and mentorship to succeed, Lauren also supports the operations of Startup Edmonton.
She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce. After starting as an intern with Startup Edmonton in 2014, she fell in love with the local startup community and hasn’t looked back since. When she’s not working to grow the startup community she’s probably skiing or biking down a mountain somewhere.
Warren Johnston, Community Manager | WARREN@STARTUPEDMONTON.COM
Warren is often the first person you’ll meet at Startup Edmonton, and can help introduce entrepreneurs to Edmonton’s vibrant startup community. He has experienced student life at three major post-secondary institutions in Edmonton (Science at MacEwan, Culinary Arts at NAIT, and Business School at the U of A) and works tirelessly to get more students connected with the local startup community early to discover some of the exciting companies and opportunities that make Edmonton a hub for technology and innovation.
When he’s not inspiring students, hosting community events, or helping early stage entrepreneurs to gain access to programs and workspace at Startup Edmonton, Warren also works for fast-growth tech company Drizly on expansion into Canadian markets.