Entrepreneurship

How to start building your web or mobile app if you don't have any technical skills!

How to start building your web or mobile app if you don't have any technical skills!

Getting started on a tech-enabled product, like a web or mobile app, can seem impossible if you don't have any technical skills. You might be asking yourself, why bother even starting with your idea if you have no clue how actually to make it!

Don't cut yourself short! There are lots of tools and tricks you can use to build a prototype that will help you gather more information about your customers, figure out what part of your product you should focus on making first, and even help recruit a technical co-founder or team members. 

Stephanie sat down on Facebook Live and went through ways in which non-technical founders can get started on building their product even if they have no technical experience. Take a look!

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. 

Thank You + Stay Connected All Year Round

Thank You + Stay Connected All Year Round

Edmonton Startup Week 2017 was a massive celebration of our city's startup community! With more than fifty events and our largest Launch Party yet, we know that there is an incredible network of passionate, engaged, and hard-working people committed to building and growing tech companies in Edmonton. I look forward to sharing lots of updates, photos, and more ways for you to connect with community in the coming weeks. 

"One of the best parts of the week is seeing new people find their place in the community. There are dozens of meetups left in 2017, foundational workshops to get your product idea off the ground, and collaborative workspace that can grow as you do." 
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Supporting a diversified economy in Alberta | Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program

Supporting a diversified economy in Alberta | Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program

Day-in-and-day-out we see the impact our members and alumni companies have on our city's economy. They are hiring, renting larger office spaces as their teams grow, and bringing investment to the region. It's our pleasure to be of service to these founders, teams, and entrepreneurs each step of the way with programming, mentorship, flexible workspace, and access to a supportive community. 

Yesterday, we hosted the Government of Alberta for an exciting announcement regarding the Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator Program. Edmonton region business incubators TEC Edmonton, NAIT, Northern Alberta Business Incubator, and Startup Edmonton will receive $1.5 million funding over two years from the provincial government to provide increased services to entrepreneurs and startups looking to enter and navigate the innovation system. Funding will support entrepreneurs, recent graduates and innovators by providing mentorship, business advice and open access to testing space, and world class prototyping and light manufacturing equipment.

Startup Edmonton Notes: Handcrafted - Masters of Scale

Startup Edmonton Notes: Handcrafted - Masters of Scale

Masters of Scale, the incredibly easy-to-listen-to podcast from LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman, is a great way to learn how some of your favourite tech-enabled companies grew at incredible rates. The episodes are chock-full of fun founder stories, but also lots of real lessons that you can put to work today. 

In Episode One - Handcrafted, Brian Chesky, Co-Founder & CEO of Airbnb, talks at length about how to build a platform that could scale, they had to spend time doing a bunch of small things that couldn't. This approach is still a big part of how they roll out new features and projects. 

Brian talks about his two stages of product development: Step 1: Build a perfect product. Step 2: Scale the experience. (Of course, here at Startup Edmonton, we would encourage you to do a ton of customer validation before jumping into product development!)

Why We Love Community (And Why You Should, Too)

Why We Love Community (And Why You Should, Too)

We Really Do Love Community!

From the amazing volunteer leaders that make the meetup scene possible to the first-time attendees at DemoCamp that are ready to cheer on new products and projects, community members are at the heart of everything that we do. 

Here are our top four reasons why we love community (and you should, too.):