Meet Stash | Jerry was tired of juggling passwords and he thinks you are, too.

Meet Stash | Jerry was tired of juggling passwords and he thinks you are, too.

Jerry Wolverton was tired of juggling passwords.

Between himself, his wife and their three children, the family of five found themselves managing some 200 accounts, their login information all stored in a rapidly-filling little black book.

“We ran out of pages!” Wolverton recalls. “We had to start a new [book]. Our kids are all in school, and they come home with new passwords every semester, with new accounts.”

Of course, your computer can encrypt and remember your passwords for you. But even the largest companies have data breaches exposing those passwords and the information and access they protect. So for Wolverton, the inspiration for Stash was ultimately pretty simple: “there’s got to be a better way of doing this.”

Meet Gabbi | Using artificial intelligence to help real estate agents focus on relationships

Meet Gabbi | Using artificial intelligence to help real estate agents focus on relationships

People imagine real estate agents as always on the job. Roberto Moreno wants to change that. A few years ago, when his wife Elisse wanted to return to the world of real estate, they wondered how they could use the latest developments in technology to make the job easier and let her spend more time with her family. And so Gabbi, the A.I. assistant they have been developing over the last two years, was born.

Touted as a central hub for all communications between an agent and a client, Gabbi aims to step in to help convert leads and move sales forward. “Statistics show that if realtor doesn’t respond to a potential customer within a few minutes, that customer has already gone elsewhere,” says Moreno. “The consumer wants information much quicker. It’s important for agents to be able to respond in a timely matter with accurate information, and that’s really where Gabbi can come in and help.”

Meet dealcloser | Amir tackled his own problem and built a solution for his peers in corporate law

Meet dealcloser | Amir tackled his own problem and built a solution for his peers in corporate law

dealcloser was founded in typical startup fashion: a personal problem sparked an idea, which led to a set of terrible user interface mockups on Power Point and an initial investment that just covered the cost of building a prototype.

Like most startups, it took a while to hammer out a minimum viable product, but a solid product market fit kept investors and customers interested. Now, dealcloser is being used in law firms in 9 cities in North America, in 5 states and provinces, in 2 countries around the world.

Meet Undo | Getting divorced sucks. Undo makes the legal process simpler.

Meet Undo | Getting divorced sucks. Undo makes the legal process simpler.

In his work as a divorce lawyer, Tim Mallett often hears the same request from his clients.

“‘All I want is this done as quickly and cheaply as possible,’” he recalls. Which is, of course, easier said than done: the cost of a typical divorce in Canada can range into the thousands (or more) depending on the complexities of the situation. And that’s not factoring in all the time and energy spent on the runaround: finding a lawyer you trust, working around their schedule, standing in line-ups to file paperwork, and every other step involved can quickly add up.

So Mallett, alongside fellow lawyer Melanie d'Haene, founded Undo (undo.ca), a completely online resource to streamline the complexities of the divorce process.

Career Opportunity: Strategic Program Manager

Career Opportunity: Strategic 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?

Edmonton is at an exciting point in time to foster a swell of tech startups, and Startup Edmonton plays a key role in this endeavour.  The Strategic Program Manager will identify and develop strategies focused on the expansion of Startup Edmonton programs. This role will report to and work directly with the CEO of Startup Edmonton. 

Operating in a fast-past environment, this individual will lead the team in the growth of programming through partnerships, curriculum development and increased program awareness.  This capable professional will mentor and coach team members while being strategically focused on evolving and developing programming that maintains relevance and impact.

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?