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April Update: DemoCamp Alberta, Business Model 101, and new sessions of Preflight

April Update: DemoCamp Alberta, Business Model 101, and new sessions of Preflight

April is jam-packed with incredible opportunities for you to get to work on your project idea at a workshop, connect with new people at meetups, attend special events like AccelerateAB, and prepare to showcase your progress at DemoCamp Alberta. 

We had a blast last month at DevCon 2018 spending the day with more than 250 technical students. Student programs don't wrap-up at the end of the semester - we have Work @ Startup Wednesdays all year-round. Be sure to check out our free Student Membership for yourself or the students in your life. 

If you're looking for support as you start and grow your tech company, we're open for business. We have programs, mentorship options, and flexible space options and the entire team is available to chat more with you. Reach out anytime! 

Take care & wishing for warm weather! 

Let's Talk About Grants!

Let's Talk About Grants!

I sat down with Amir Reshef, CEO and Co-Founder of dealcloser, to chat about his experience with applying for funding through government programs at the provincial and federal level.

Amir and his team have a healthy perspective on how to make the most of this type of funding. Three big lessons he shares: 

  1. You need to have a plan to move forward with and without the funding. Being able to show your funding representatives how much more you can do with funding vs. without funding is one of the best ways to build your case. 
  2. Relationships are still key to securing government funding and grants, but they are a lot different than your relationships with investors. With a government program, you can't influence the timing cycle and you're often not dealing directly with the decision maker. 
  3. Government funding of any stripe is a massive responsibility and that's why it's a labour intensive process to apply and report on what you're doing with it. Amir does a great job reminding everyone that your startup is being trusted with taxpayer funds because your efforts will benefit the larger economy. 

Check out Stephanie & Amir's full conversation below. Scroll to the bottom for some interesting insight to how it feels to hire talent and pay them more than what you earn as founder!