September Update

September is a great month at Startup Edmonton: community meetups are in full swing, students are back in class and program members are working towards lots of product launches and updates. 

This is the best time to register for Edmonton Startup Week! The first batch of events are live and you can start claiming your spot at the Startup Crawl, Member For A Day and more. Don't forget - the deadline to apply for Launch Party 7 is September 17. 

Getting started on your idea, product or company can be really hard and we'd like to help. Book a meeting with a Community Manager and they can recommend customized path of programs, community resources and first steps to get you going! 

- Team Startup Edmonton

DemoCamp 32 | September 22 

DemoCamp brings together developers, creatives, entrepreneurs and investors to share what they’ve been working on and to find others in the community interested in similar topics. For presenters, it’s a great way to get feedback on what you’re building from peers and the community, all in an informal setting. Started back in 2008, DemoCamp Edmonton has steadily grown into one of the largest in the country, with over 200 people attending each event.

The rules for DemoCamp are simple: 7 minutes to demo real, working products, followed by a few minutes for questions, and no slides allowed.

Time: 6:30 pm doors open, 6:45 pm program starts
Location: CCIS 1-160, University of Alberta
Drinks and networking to follow at RATT (Room At The Top) - 7th floor of the Students Union Building

Hashtag is #democampyeg

Preflight Fall 2016

Preflight is our 15 week, hands-on program for entrepreneurs working on tech-enabled products. Through a series of classes, assignments and year-round mentorship opportunities, we help you to map out and validate your startup idea.

  • Preflight 1: Customer Validation
    • September 27 - October 25
  • Preflight 2: Minimum Viable Product
    • November 1 - November 29
  • Preflight 3: Telling Your Story (Customers, Accelerators & Investors) 
    • September 28 - November 2

Apply today and remember to sign-up for Preflight Beta, our 3-hour pre-requisite primer on the Lean Canvas Model. 

Foundational Workshops

Preflight Beta

  • 3 hours dedicated to taking your idea to reality! 
  • Lean Canvas Model helps you explore your product idea 
  • Identify customers, channels and a path to revenue
  • $25 or use your Commons Membership code! 
  • October 11 | November 8

Design Thinking Workshop

  • 3 hour primer on design thinking
  • Learn to keep your customer at the centre of your product / solution 
  • Tools for ideation and prototyping
  • September 29 | October 27

Startup 101 Sessions

Startup 101 workshops are 80 min sessions focused on the basics of starting a business, from finance to legal and everything in between! Stay tuned for updates on October and November sessions in the September newsletter. 

Launch Party Alumni Update: Localize

Localize, a Launch Party 4 alumni company and Level Up program member, recency announced a partnership with Ocean Wise. 

"With Ocean Wise dedicated to sustainable practices and Localize committed to transparency and the promotion of local food options, it only made sense to join forces. We have partnered together in an effort to help consumers make the most informed decisions possible. Our goal is to draw attention to local vendors that live up to the high standards of sustainability laid out by Ocean Wise."

Stay tuned to our blog for updates from other Launch Party alumni as we get closer to Edmonton Startup Week and Launch Party 7! 

Partner Event: ICT Go West Tour 

ICT West is on a mission to take talented tech companies in Western Canada to three of the world’s top technology trade shows — Web Summit, CES and Mobile World Congress. 

Info Session: If your business has international aspirations, come to our info session to find out how being an ICT West delegate will help you reach them. Stay for the workshop and learn which steps you should take before you leave to maximize your potential for success once you hit the show floor.

Workshop: 80 % of the work happens before you hit the show floor.You can’t expect to show up unprepared and find the right advisors, investors or partners. Get the most out of Web Summit, CES, Mobile World Congress and any other tech conferences you might be attending in the future by signing up for our workshop. Over the course of two hours, we will help you define you objectives, prep for pitches, follow through with follow-ups and other tips, tricks and advice on how to get the most out of the trade shows you attend.

  • RSVP: 
  • Location: The Standard Life Building 3rd Floor
  • Date: September 22
  • Time: Info Session — 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. | Workshop — 10 a.m. to noon
  • Cost: Free!

Partner Event: ATB BoostR Stage

The ATB BoostR Stage returns to Edmonton on September 27. Get your ticket today!

BoostR, a program of ATB Financial, enables entrepreneurs to raise funds, test ideas and build community support around their business ideas. The community "boosts" businesses through a purchase of a reward, a consumer product or service - all along helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals through local support. ATB pairs each successful BoostR program applicant with an advisor who guides entrepreneurs through the process of crowdfunding. The BoostR Stage is a live pitch event that highlights some great companies and products people can find on the BoostR platform. 

Crowdfunding platforms (such as BoostR by ATB Financial, Kickstarter and Indigogo) are one way to test and validated your startup idea. You can learn more about customer validation and minimum viable product through Startup Edmonton'sPreflight program. Next sessions begin in September!

Community Meetups


3D Printing Meetup

CreativeMornings Edmonton

Monthly HackDay

Free Code Camp

Edmonton Data Science Meetup


Founders' Friday

Edmonton Python User Group

Agile Edmonton

Edmonton Sharepoint Users Group

Open Hardware Meetup

Ladies Learning Code

    Monthly Hack Day

    Free Code Camp

    Edmonton Python User Group

    Agile Edmonton

    Edmonton Sharepoint Users Group

    Ladies Learning Code

    WordPress Edmonton

    YEGRB - Ruby Meetup


    Ladies Learning Code
    National Learn Code Day

    Edmonton Go Meetup

    Agile Edmonton

    UX Edmonton Meetup

    Special thanks to our corporate partners and supporters