Collision 2019 | Startup Companies

Next Month, we’re part of an Edmonton delegation going to Collision - North America’s fastest growing tech conference. When it was announced last year that the conference was relocating to Canada, we knew it was a fantastic opportunity for our city’s tech companies to find early customers, build relationships with investors, and even recruit for talent.

Come Join Our Team!

Come Join Our Team!

Do you have a passion for entrepreneurship and seeing companies grow in Edmonton? Are you interested in being part of diversifying the Edmonton economy?

 The Startup Edmonton Community Coordinator will be the first point of contact for individuals looking to engage with Startup Edmonton and the broader tech/innovation community. This role will be passionate about connecting entrepreneurs with supports that best suit their tech-enabled companies' needs. This resourceful individual will actively reach out to the community to build awareness about Startup Edmonton, share what’s happening in the Edmonton tech community and identify access to supports.  

 At Startup Edmonton we connect entrepreneurs and product builders with skills, community and space to support them as they take ideas to reality. We create collisions – between developers, designers, makers, founders and mentors – and deliver programs that transform ideas into companies.  Startup Edmonton is 14,000 square feet of program, community and co-working space at the historic Mercer Warehouse.

 We are looking for a passionate individual who is enthusiastic about building the startup community and helping entrepreneurs find success.

April Update:

April Update:

Last month, Lauren and I had the chance to connect with our peers across the country from the Canadian Digital Media Network. It was a fantastic reminder about the supportive startup communities across the nation and the opportunities we have to bring founders together to share experiences.

Did you know that Startup Edmonton workspace and program members can access free workspace in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal through the CDMN Passport Program? Next time you're travelling for work, drop us a line, and we're happy to connect you.

In the last month, we've welcomed more than 20 founders to our Preflight program
Preflight 2 starts in just a few weeks, and it's a great mix of facilitated sessions and mentor roundtables with team members and founders from local startup and scaling companies. Read on for more details on what to expect and how to get involved. 

I want to thank all of the amazing meetup hosts for their continued contributions to our community. Almost every night of the week, volunteers are bringing people together over their shared appreciation of a tech or startup topic. If you have never attended a meetup before, I encourage you to make it out to one in April

What can go wrong if you don't prioritize customer validation?

What can go wrong if you don't prioritize customer validation?

In this week’s Facebook Live chat, Tiffany shares all of the things that can go wrong if you don’t prioritize customer validation at the very early stages of your product development.

Sometimes it can feel like taking the time to prove that your customers experience the problem your gut is telling you that they do is postponing all the fun parts of entrepreneurship. We all want to dive into prototypes, product roadmaps and even marketing, but if you don’t understand your customers' pain points and how you can create the most value for them, it’s like building a house on quicksand.

If you want to lay a solid foundation for your product idea, join us for Preflight 1 - Customer Validation. You’ll spend five-weeks getting to know your customer inside and out, while you learn the fundamentals of lean startup strategy. Our next session starts on Saturday, March 16th!

International Women's Day 2019 | Lauren shares ways you can celebrate and get involved!

International Women's Day 2019 | Lauren shares ways you can celebrate and get involved!

As Operations Manager at Startup Edmonton, I interact with founders and team members from dozens of tech startup companies. Every day, I’m reminded that our community is friendly, welcoming, and respectful. It’s a culture that members work hard to create, and I’m proud of what we’ve made together.

This week we’re celebrating International Women’s Day! It’s a perfect chance to reflect on why celebrating success matters, how we can all pitch in to break down even more barriers, and connect with more members of our startup, STEM, and entrepreneur communities.

The week is made even more amazing by the release of Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel is my favourite superhero in any universe. She’s Earth’s Mightiest Avenger, and that means she can provide strength, guidance, and leadership to all the other Avengers. That’s what I see so many of the female founders in our community do every day: they rise to the top and then bring along the next generation of women leaders with their advice and mentorship. I’m excited to see her in action on the big screen on Thursday night with so many of my lady friends from the startup community!

Did you know Alberta tech startups are twice as likely to have a female founder than the Canadian average?

March Updates: Opportunities for Startups at Collision, DemoCamp Alberta Applications, Preflight and more!

March Updates: Opportunities for Startups at Collision, DemoCamp Alberta Applications, Preflight and more!

Today is our March Hack Day, and I'm thrilled to see new folks sticking around after Business Model 101 for lunch with our regular attendees. A big shout out to Farrow for the great sandwiches! I also spy teams from Scope AR and Amii working on their plans for our fifth annual Student Developer Conference. 

This month, there are two incredible opportunities for you to apply to showcase your tech product to new customers, collaborators and investors - Collision and DemoCamp Alberta.

Collision is the fastest-growing tech conference in North America. Now in its fifth year, Collision has grown to more than 25,000 attendees. Following the lead of its European event Web Summit, Collision has become a crossroads for the world’s largest buyers and sellers of technology, alongside many of the world’s most disruptive emerging technology companies. We're bringing Edmonton companies with us to Toronto in May, but we need to hear from you before March 18! 

Read on for updates on DemoCamp Alberta, Preflight, profiles on member companies, and lots of new job postings from our members. 

Facebook Live: We're offering Preflight on Saturdays!

Facebook Live: We're offering Preflight on Saturdays!

Our home in the historic Mercer Warehouse is jam-packed with activity every night of the week with meetups, workshops, special events, plus all of our members working hard on their tech companies. There is no shortage of ways to connect and get involved in the community!

That's said, it’s tough to find time to explore and dig deep into your idea for a tech product. You’re juggling a lot of demands - kids soccer practices, grocery shopping, friends, professional development, work commitments…. The list can feel like it’s never ending!

In this archived Facebook Live, Shay introduces our new Saturday sessions of Preflight and how we can support your efforts with a couple of hours of dedicated time each weekend.

Facebook Live: Why it's important to participate in extracurricular events as a student

Facebook Live: Why it's important to participate in extracurricular events as a student

In just a few weeks, we’ll welcome hundreds of students to our annual Student Developer Conference. It’s a day dedicated to preparing for life beyond the classroom. Students can build their skills in workshops from industry leaders like Amii, Darkhorse Analytics, Scope AR, and the UX experts from our friends at MacEwan University. It’s also a chance to hear from developers, CTOs, and designers at growing tech companies about their career experiences - from getting hired to joining high-performance teams, and everything in-between.

In this archived Facebook Live, Steph and Adam chat all about their very different university experiences and why extracurricular events matter when you’re a student.

Join Our Team: Startup Edmonton Program Manager

Join Our Team: Startup Edmonton Program Manager

Do you have a passion for entrepreneurship and seeing companies grow in Edmonton? Are you interested in being part of diversifying the Edmonton economy?

The Program Manager will be a crucial leader and driver of growth at Startup Edmonton, responsible for supporting and coaching founders as they learn and go through the Startup Edmonton programs. Key areas of focus include helping build awareness about how Startup Edmonton supports entrepreneurs, facilitating workshops and providing additional resource options.

Member Profile: Zept makes finding the right school as easy as swiping left or right

Member Profile: Zept makes finding the right school as easy as swiping left or right

After selling his previous company in 2016, email newsletter service Mailout, Gregg Oldring was trying to figure out what to do with the empty downtown office space for which he still had a lease. Then he ran into Tony Williams, at that time merely an acquaintance, at a coffee shop.

“I didn’t really know him that well, at that point,” says Oldring. “We had that classic conversation, ‘What do you do for a living?’ And Tony’s response that day was, ‘What I do is stupid.’ Which got me thinking, ‘Okay, tell me more.’”