Last week, we were in Calgary to connect with the startup community at the Invest 2018 and Inventure$ conferences. It was also a chance to partner on the first DemoCamp Alberta! After running for more than a decade in Edmonton, it was thrilling to see people from across the province embrace the technical show-and-tell.
Even with summer just around the corner, we have lots of workshops, programs, and special events for you to check out.
On Thursday, June 14th, I'm thrilled to welcome the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises to our space for a conversation on Blitzscaling with Chris Yeh. Chris will present specific practices to ignite and manage hypergrowth. It's exciting to have more discussions around how Canada can best support promising growth-stage companies to be more competitive around the globe. Scroll down for more information and to confirm your spot.
The big news this week is that Launch Party 9 tickets are on-sale and applications to participate are open! A flagship event of Edmonton Startup Week, Launch Party is your chance to meet the founders and teams from our city's fastest growing startups.
LAUNCH PARTY 9 | SAVE THE DATE & GRAB YOUR TICKETS
Launch Party gives you the opportunity to meet our city's brightest entrepreneurs, try their products, and celebrate everything that our startup community has to offer. Launch Party is a flagship event of Edmonton Startup Week and showcases the hottest startups in town. Since 2010, more than 70 technology companies have launched products at the event, including rapidly growing teams like ZEPT, Jobber, Drivewyze, Poppy Barley, and Showbie.
Launch Party isn't your typical networking event or trade show. It's a party designed to celebrate and showcase the rockstar entrepreneurs in our community. Drinks, DJs, and great company all await you at Launch Party!
STARTUP CANADA AWARDS - PRAIRIES
On May 25th, Startup Canada celebrated the nominees and winners for the fifth annual Startup Canada Awards - Prairies in Winnipeg. It's a chance to come together and recognize the outstanding achievements of entrepreneurs and founders across the country.
This year was extra special for Edmonton as three companies with deep ties to the startup community and commitment to global expansion won in diverse categories. These founders and their teams work incredibly hard to deliver products that their customers love. A massive congratulations to all of them on receiving recognition of their contributions to our national innovation and entrepreneurial economy.
- Kendall and Justine Barber, Co-Founders of Poppy Barley, took home the Global Entrepreneurship Award presented by UPS for their approach to the global marketplace and the transparency with which they approach sustainability in all aspects of their business.
- Dave Damer and the team at Testfire Labs and Hendrix.ai won the Innovation Award presented by Intuit QuickBooks.
- Sam Pillar and Forrest Zeisler, Co-Founders of Jobber, received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award presented by Scotiabank.
MEET THE COMPANY | THIRTYTHREE GAMES
RunGunJumpGun started off as a fun parting gift to an old workplace.
“Originally it was going to be this super simple thing — just, you know, maybe stick our co-workers' faces on the characters so they can play as themselves. Just a totally tiny stupid game,” explains Logan Gilmour, co-founder of Edmonton-based game design studio, ThirtyThree Games.
But when they came up with an innovative twist on a classic Nintendo-style platformer, they realized they were on to something much bigger than a simple gag game.
HACK DAY WORKSHOPS | JULY 7
Our next Hack Day is Saturday, July 7th. 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.
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.
QUICK HITS | FACEBOOK LIVE SESSIONS
We're excited to join you on Facebook each week, and you can always catch the archive up on the blog. Bryan Schneck, our fantastic Front Desk Concierge, manages the broadcast each week. If you have an idea for a session, be sure to send a message our way on social media or email, firstname.lastname@example.org!
EDMONTON LAZARIDIS SCALE-UP TOUR
Thursday, June 14 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Startup Edmonton.
What is the secret to Amazon’s success? What do Facebook, Google and Airbnb have in common? Contrary to what you’ve read, it’s not superhuman founders, mythic “passion,” or spectacularly savvy venture capitalists. It’s Blitzscaling.
The Lazaridis Institute invites you to a presentation by Chris Yeh on specific practices to ignite and manage hypergrowth. Our goal is to collaborate with tech ecosystems across Canada to develop the strategies, tactics and expertise necessary to take startups to globally competitive scale. Join us after the presentation to eat, drink, and connect with the founders, CEOs, investors, policymakers and support organizations working to grow your local tech community.
Please note that Chris Yeh will be doing a LIVE, interactive webinar for this event.
DEADLINE: APPLY FOR PITCHFEST
Pitchfest Edmonton takes place on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 4 PM at the Shaw Conference Centre. Like a community-based Shark Tank or Dragon's Den, Pitchfest Edmonton is for startup founders to pitch their business and specific needs to an audience of public and private investors, service providers, business leaders and community members. Apply to pitch, and you could get a $100,000 investment if chosen as best pitch!