January Update: Harness the energy of a new year with Startup Edmonton
I hope you had a wonderful holiday break and found time to relax, reflect, and reenergize. I'm grateful for the time spent with family over the past few weeks and feel more ready than ever to tackle the potential of 2019!
Our team was hard at work before the break to get you a full roster of events, workshops, and programs confirmed for the first quarter of the year. There is no better time than the start of a new year to learn a skill, meet more people from the start and tech community, or get to work on your idea.
Here are my top three picks for January!
Founders and Funders - January 14
Bringing together active investors and tech founders at all stages, Founders & Funders is a chance to connect with a growing community, create connections, and foster relationships before the ask for support is on the table. Produced in partnership with Alberta Enterprise Corporation.
Business Model 101 - Edmonton Public Library Riverbend Branch - January 24
We're taking our most popular workshop on the road! Join us in your neighbourhood for a three-hours to our favourite brainstorming and planning tool, the Lean Canvas. Explore your idea for a business, product or project from a new perspective that encourages you to make data-based decisions and move forward quickly.
DemoCamp 44 - January 29
Our more enduring community event returns in 2019! Join us for 7-minute technical demos from students, product teams, and fascinating personal projects. It's a chance to celebrate and learn more about work-in-progress from the tech community. The #1 rule of DemoCamp is no business model questions until drinks!
See you soon!
Need a change of scenery? Consider coworking!
Did you check out Tiffany's recommended list of business podcasts over the holiday? One of the recurring themes in some of her favourite episodes is the power your environment has to motivate, inspire, and challenge your work.
If you need a change of scenery or need to kick-start your work habits, coworking could be a great option. So much more than an affordable workspace, coworking can help hold you accountable to moving your idea forward more quickly, connects you with peers who know exactly what you're going through as an entrepreneur, and cuts down on the financial stress of variable costs (plus, there is all the coffee you can drink.)
We have 14,000 square feet of coworking and programming space in the historic Mercer Warehouse.
Founders and Funders | January 14 @ 4 PM
One of the most commonly asked questions we hear is "Can you introduce me to an investor?" Very rarely is finding investment for your startup like the Dragon's Den / Shark Tank experience - it's about building relationships, finding people with the right financial and network assets to support your growth, and taking investment at the right time.
Join Alberta Enterprise Corporation for an evening mixer dedicated to building your investor relationships!
Founders & Funders is open to all investors and tech founders with product at all stages. Join us for a casual mixer to learn more about the opportunities available in our region and how to best prepare to work together in the future.
Included in the ticket is a complimentary drink and appetizers.
Business Model 101 is on the move | January 24 @ 6 PM
Our most popular workshop is coming to a neighbourhood near you! On January 24, join us at the Edmonton Public Library - Riverbend Branch for a hands-on session dedicated to brainstorming, evaluating, and planning around your business, product, or project idea.
In this workshop, you'll spend three-hours alongside Keltie Gower, Strategic Program Manager, and your peers using our favourite tool - the Lean Canvas. By the end of the evening, you will have lots of new ideas to explore and a clear plan to keep moving forward.
We have lots of sessions coming up this quarter at Startup Edmonton, too:
Tuesday, January 15 at 5:30 PM
Thursday, January 24 at 6:00 PM
Saturday, February 2 at 9:00 AM
Monday, February 14 at 5:30 PM
Wednesday, February 20 at 6:00 PM
Saturday, March 2 at 9:00 AM
Monday, March 11 at 5:30 PM
DemoCamp 44 | Tuesday, January 29 @ 6:45 PM
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. Drinks and networking to follow
Cybera presents: The Nuts and Bolts of Data Science for Entrepreneurs | January 22 @ 12 PM
Data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are BIG buzzwords but what do they really mean to you and your business?
Experts from Cybera, Alberta’s not-for-profit technology accelerator, will teach Alberta businesses (both big and small) how to navigate this complex landscape of buzzwords, and translate it into practical knowledge to be better prepared to do more with their data.
In this session, Cybera will untangle the buzzwords and jargon, and show you how data science is impacting business through real-world examples. You will learn whether you’re ready to start using data science in your business and how to optimize your project’s chances for success.
This introductory session is geared toward the non-technical business audience (start-ups, entrepreneurs, social innovators or small-to-medium sized business) that is looking to understand the world of data science better and are considering implementing it in their organizations.
Recommended Reading | From Hacking to Habits
Between all the assignments, presentations and exam prep, it can be tough for students to squeeze in enough Zs.
Rather than groggily shuffle from class to class, a group of students from Harry Ainlay High School and Old Scona Academic created an app to help them get a solid eight hours.
Habit Creator is a game-enhanced habit tracker that helps users set, track and achieve personal goals. It was developed as part of HackED Beta — a 24-hour hackathon put on by the Computer Engineering Club of the University of Alberta.
Did you know that post-secondary students qualify for FREE student memberships at Startup Edmonton? Student members enjoy awesome perks like workshops, coworking space, and opportunities to meet teams at growing startup and scaling tech companies. Help us spread the word to the students in your life!