May Update: May Update: Edmonton Startup Week, Company Profiles, and Workshop Opportunities

Before you head out for a great long weekend full of lots of fun with friends and family, take a few minutes to save our Edmonton Startup Week 2018 dates on your calendar. From October 15 - 19, you're not going to miss any of the action as we celebrate the very best our startup and innovation community has to offer. 

Interested in getting involved? We're currently looking for great people, companies, and organizations to partner with us. You can check out all the opportunities at

This month, we welcomed more than 20 students across a variety of programs and schools to our Student Summer Program. They spend the next four months with us immersed in the process of building a tech company. We're always impressed with the students' creativity and commitment and are grateful to the members for welcoming them with open arms. 

As always, we have exciting workshops and programs on deck this month and into June. If you're looking for marketing support, Stephanie has two Startup 101 sessions perfect to help you approach campaigns from a new perspective.

Preflight is accepting applications, with workshop series focused on product and company development, and telling your story slated to start in just a few weeks. 

Safe travels this weekend!




We heard you loud and clear! You wanted more hands-on opportunities to tackle your most pressing marketing and sales challenges. 

Stephanie has two Startup 101 sessions on deck. 

Thursday, May 31 | Social Media Strategies

90 minutes dedicated to social media strategies for founders and startups. A strong social media plan can help you promote your product, better understand your customer, and foster a community of supporters. 

Wednesday, June 13 | Content Marketing - NEW COURSE!

Content marketing provides customers insight into your business, product, and culture. It inspires potential customers to get to know you, benefit from your expertise, and experience your mission in action before they ever purchase. Content marketing includes blogs, video content, social media, live social and more! Don't miss out on this opportunity to get everything working in harmony.


The View from San Francisco and New Orleans

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Last month, Tiffany travelled to New Orleans participating in the Collision 2018 Ecosystem Summit and the Startup Genome Member meetings learning more about the results of the 2018 report. She then hopped over to San Francisco to meet the more than 100 Edmontonians celebrating the new daily, direct Air Canada flight connecting our cities. 

Check out the blog for her thoughts on connecting our startups with more opportunities around the world and how your company can take advantage of free workspace in Silicon Valley. 

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If you want to reach a global market, harness your ambition, and structure your business to scale right from the start, Preflight is for you. 

Our flagship program, Preflight has launched some of Edmonton’s most successful startup and scaling companies. We’ve worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, and we know:

You can’t do this on your own. You need a recipe for success.

Our next session of Preflight 3: Telling your story to investors & customers starts on May 30th. In this 5-week workshop series, you will: 

  • Build a 12-week product launch plan
  • Create your first social media, media relations, and content marketing assets
  • Design and refine your investor pitch deck
  • Write, deliver and practice your elevator pitch

Learn more and apply today!

FRETTABLE | Note-worthy app brings AI to the masses 

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Like so many inventions, Frettable was born out of necessity.

Greg Burlet dreamt up the artificial intelligence-driven music transcription service after his bandmate moved to B.C.

Still wanting to write music together, the duo started emailing audio files back and forth. The lack of visuals made collaborating difficult, so they tried pointing webcams at their fretboards instead. This too was unsuccessful.

“There was so much lag and the audio quality wasn’t great,” Burlet says.

A University of Alberta undergrad at the time, Burlet had recently taken an introductory class on machine learning and thought: what if a program could recognize the notes played and automatically transcribe them into sheet music or tabulations? It would work like speech recognition, but for music. 

Hear the whole story from Gregg & download the app!



Mark your calendars! Edmonton Startup Week returns, October 15 - 19, 2018.

Join in for five days of workshops, socials, and events building momentum and opportunity around our city’s unique entrepreneurial identity, startup community, and culture of innovation. 

Edmonton Startup Week features more than 50 events, lots of opportunities to network and collaborate, and check out today’s top technology trends in actions. 

Get involved as an event host, speaker, or supporter! Don't worry; we haven't forgotten about Launch Party. Application update is coming soon! 

Visit for all the details!


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Our next Hack Day is Saturday, June 2nd. In addition to unstructured time for you to try co-working and get to work on your product, company or project, our upcoming hack day features two workshops. 

Business Model 101 | 9:00 AM - 12 PM

Having a great idea is just the first step to building a fantastic product or service, there are lots of other factors to consider - like your customers, how to reach them, and what they are willing to pay. In this hands-on session with Shay, you'll create a one-page business model and tackle your idea from a new point of view.

Introduction to Prototyping | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

In this 90-minute session, you will start work on your web or mobile app prototype. A great fit for non-technical founders, Stephanie will walk you through how to structure your ideas, access free and easy to use tools to build a working prototype, and make plans for user tests and how to incorporate feedback. 

Limited availability - register today!


Our Facebook Live sessions continue to be a big hit. Thanks for tuning in by the thousands. 

We're excited to join you on Facebook each week, and you can always catch the archive up on the blog. 

INVENTURE$ | June 6 - 8 in Calgary, AB


INVENTURE$ 2018 is a must-attend ‘unconference’ for creative minds. Over three days we will bring venture capitalists, angel investors, startups, entrepreneurs, service providers and thought leaders together in Calgary to discover and share the latest in innovation, research, capital access and deal-making.

  • 150 High profile speakers
  • 80 Sessions
  • 16 Tracks of programming, allowing you to choose from up to 6 sessions running at any point in time
  • 32 Startup finalists pitching their ideas to celebrity judges
  • 6 Connect events designed for creative collisions and deal making

Learn more & register today!