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August Update | Making the Most of Summer 🍉🍺🌷🍦

August Update | Making the Most of Summer 🍉🍺🌷🍦

This past weekend many of our members and team are on the hill at Folk Fest and taking in the celebrations at the Cariwest Festival. Edmonton in the summer is a fantastic example of all the kinds of communities that rally together to build, create, and grow together. We're excited to continue on the festival excitement as we plan for Edmonton Startup Week and Launch Party 10 in October. 

Catch up on some of the ways you can make the most of your summer at Startup Edmonton!

From meetups to international conferences: Why events matter year-round

From meetups to international conferences: Why events matter year-round

This week, the Startup team is at Inventures, an unconference where creative minds connects entrepreneurs and start-ups with venture capitalists, angel investors, service providers, and thought leaders to discover and share the latest in innovation coming. While just a few weeks ago, the startup community was out in full force at Collision, North America’s fastest growing tech conference. We thought it would be a great time to look at how events (big and small) have an impact on Edmonton’s tech founders.

While there’s no doubt Collision was an amazing experience for the 10 Edmonton startups that participated, social events are equally as important to the success of the city’s ecosystem.

Here’s what Tiffany Linke-Boyo, our CEO, had to say.

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

Facebook Live: Why it's important to participate in extracurricular events as a student

Facebook Live: Why it's important to participate in extracurricular events as a student

In just a few weeks, we’ll welcome hundreds of students to our annual Student Developer Conference. It’s a day dedicated to preparing for life beyond the classroom. Students can build their skills in workshops from industry leaders like Amii, Darkhorse Analytics, Scope AR, and the UX experts from our friends at MacEwan University. It’s also a chance to hear from developers, CTOs, and designers at growing tech companies about their career experiences - from getting hired to joining high-performance teams, and everything in-between.

In this archived Facebook Live, Steph and Adam chat all about their very different university experiences and why extracurricular events matter when you’re a student.

January Update: Harness the energy of a new year with Startup Edmonton

January Update: Harness the energy of a new year with Startup Edmonton

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 picks for January! 

Three reasons to attend a meetup today!

Three reasons to attend a meetup today!

Getting out from behind your desk and into the community is one of the best ways to grow your network and create meaningful connections to advance your company, projects or skills. And one of the best ways of connecting with the community is by attending a meetup! 

You might be wondering though, what the heck is a meetup? A meetup is a gathering of people with a similar interest to network, learn from others, and share things about that common interest.

Why Meetups, Socials and Ski Trips Matter

Why Meetups, Socials and Ski Trips Matter

In just a few weeks, a busload of members (from students to founders) will take off for a weekend of skiing at Kicking Horse. Lauren, our resident ski expert and Community Manager, does a tonne of work in her free time coordinating all of the extra details that make a trip like this special. 

You might be asking yourself "how on earth does a ski weekend in the mountains remotely support tech entrepreneurship and innovation?" Fair point, it might seem that some of the extras seem unnecessary - the coffee sessions, socials, Summer BBQs, t-shirts for toddlers or onesies for new babies, Christmas parties and pizza (so much pizza). These activities are vital for our startup community to thrive and grow. It's so much more than just bringing people together for networking. 

Top Three Reasons DemoCamp Is Our Most Enduring Event

Top Three Reasons DemoCamp Is Our Most Enduring Event

Tomorrow night is DemoCamp 38! The rules for DemoCamp haven't changed since DemoCamp 1: 7 minutes to demo - all product, no slides - and business model questions must wait until we head out for drinks*. (But, seriously you don't need to get a beer. Soda is totally acceptable.) 

If you visited our Mercer Warehouse home this year, you may have noticed the archive photos in the program hall. The very first photo is from DemoCamp 1 hosted in 2008. DemoCamp was a gathering place for the tech and startup community long before Startup Edmonton and we're honoured to bring more people into the fold with each edition. 

Here are our top three reasons why DemoCamp is our most enduring event: 

Launch Party 8 Recap + #yegsw17 Highlights

Launch Party 8 Recap + #yegsw17 Highlights

Launch Party is a highlight of each Edmonton Startup Week. It's a chance for the entire community to come together, celebrate the efforts of 10 new tech companies, try out products that feature top technology trends, and catch up with the growing list of alumni founders & teams. This year we were thrilled to host the community in Ford Hall, Rogers Place. Especially neat for the team at Startup Edmonton is that we could see our home in the historic Mercer Warehouse in the background all night long. Enjoy some of the photos of our more than 700 guests from Michel Feist, Ampersand Grey, and highlights of #yegsw17 compiled by Shayne Woodsmith at EEDC. 

If This Then That | Edmonton Startup Week 2017

If This Then That | Edmonton Startup Week 2017

IFTTT (If This Then That) is one of our favourite introductory tools to encourage prototyping. A free web-based service, IFTTT creates applets that use conditional statements to get different services, like Gmail, Twitter or a weather app, to trigger actions. Think of it as creating a recipe that would text you to bring a sweater to work if it dips below -1 degrees, or to send your friends a weekly email of all your newly liked songs from a streaming app (especially if you're the one with the best recommendations!)

We're here to be your personal If This Then That guide for Edmonton Startup Week! If you enjoyed a session or experience at #yegsw17, there is sure to be something for you year-round in our city's growing startup community.