Preflight

June Updates: Loads of Member & Alumni Profiles, Fresh Job Postings, and Meet Ben - Our New Community Manager

June Updates: Loads of Member & Alumni Profiles, Fresh Job Postings, and Meet Ben - Our New Community Manager

Last month, I shared three ways you could help build our startup community. All I can say is - wow! In May, we saw our busiest Hack Day of the year; you shared the stories of incredible Edmonton startup companies and cheered them at Collision, North America's fastest growing tech conference; welcomed more than 20 new student entrepreneurs to the Student Summer Program; and helped us find a great new team member. 

Thank you for the vital role you play in building our startup community and encouraging even more people to connect.

Meet Stash | Jerry was tired of juggling passwords and he thinks you are, too.

Meet Stash | Jerry was tired of juggling passwords and he thinks you are, too.

Jerry Wolverton was tired of juggling passwords.

Between himself, his wife and their three children, the family of five found themselves managing some 200 accounts, their login information all stored in a rapidly-filling little black book.

“We ran out of pages!” Wolverton recalls. “We had to start a new [book]. Our kids are all in school, and they come home with new passwords every semester, with new accounts.”

Of course, your computer can encrypt and remember your passwords for you. But even the largest companies have data breaches exposing those passwords and the information and access they protect. So for Wolverton, the inspiration for Stash was ultimately pretty simple: “there’s got to be a better way of doing this.”

Meet Gabbi | Using artificial intelligence to help real estate agents focus on relationships

Meet Gabbi | Using artificial intelligence to help real estate agents focus on relationships

People imagine real estate agents as always on the job. Roberto Moreno wants to change that. A few years ago, when his wife Elisse wanted to return to the world of real estate, they wondered how they could use the latest developments in technology to make the job easier and let her spend more time with her family. And so Gabbi, the A.I. assistant they have been developing over the last two years, was born.

Touted as a central hub for all communications between an agent and a client, Gabbi aims to step in to help convert leads and move sales forward. “Statistics show that if realtor doesn’t respond to a potential customer within a few minutes, that customer has already gone elsewhere,” says Moreno. “The consumer wants information much quicker. It’s important for agents to be able to respond in a timely matter with accurate information, and that’s really where Gabbi can come in and help.”

Meet dealcloser | Amir tackled his own problem and built a solution for his peers in corporate law

Meet dealcloser | Amir tackled his own problem and built a solution for his peers in corporate law

dealcloser was founded in typical startup fashion: a personal problem sparked an idea, which led to a set of terrible user interface mockups on Power Point and an initial investment that just covered the cost of building a prototype.

Like most startups, it took a while to hammer out a minimum viable product, but a solid product market fit kept investors and customers interested. Now, dealcloser is being used in law firms in 9 cities in North America, in 5 states and provinces, in 2 countries around the world.

What can go wrong if you don't prioritize customer validation?

What can go wrong if you don't prioritize customer validation?

In this week’s Facebook Live chat, Tiffany shares all of the things that can go wrong if you don’t prioritize customer validation at the very early stages of your product development.

Sometimes it can feel like taking the time to prove that your customers experience the problem your gut is telling you that they do is postponing all the fun parts of entrepreneurship. We all want to dive into prototypes, product roadmaps and even marketing, but if you don’t understand your customers' pain points and how you can create the most value for them, it’s like building a house on quicksand.

If you want to lay a solid foundation for your product idea, join us for Preflight 1 - Customer Validation. You’ll spend five-weeks getting to know your customer inside and out, while you learn the fundamentals of lean startup strategy. Our next session starts on Saturday, March 16th!

Facebook Live: We're offering Preflight on Saturdays!

Facebook Live: We're offering Preflight on Saturdays!

Our home in the historic Mercer Warehouse is jam-packed with activity every night of the week with meetups, workshops, special events, plus all of our members working hard on their tech companies. There is no shortage of ways to connect and get involved in the community!

That's said, it’s tough to find time to explore and dig deep into your idea for a tech product. You’re juggling a lot of demands - kids soccer practices, grocery shopping, friends, professional development, work commitments…. The list can feel like it’s never ending!

In this archived Facebook Live, Shay introduces our new Saturday sessions of Preflight and how we can support your efforts with a couple of hours of dedicated time each weekend.

When is the right time for your startup to start automating tasks?

When is the right time for your startup to start automating tasks?

In this week's Facebook Live, Stephanie and Lauren sat down for a chat all about the power of automation. Sometimes moving towards automation feels like you're taking the human element out of your company. Lauren showcases how automation can help your team be more creative and improve relationships with your customers. 

Student Summer Program @ Startup Edmonton

Student Summer Program @ Startup Edmonton

Our Student Summer Program teams are hard at work on their projects and products. Each summer, we welcome students from across schools and programs to work on a tech-enabled product at Startup Edmonton over four months. This year, we had record-breaking application numbers, and we're thrilled with the more than 20 students that have committed to exploring tech entrepreneurship with us. 

Over the course of the summer, students have access to our coworking space, take part in the Preflight program, and embed themselves in the startup community. It's great seeing them make connections with founders and teams already! 

Sometimes, when you're a student, it's easy to get caught up in the campus bubble. We give these students massive credit for trying something new, getting outside of the classroom and tackling the exciting world of entrepreneurship. 

May Update: May Update: Edmonton Startup Week, Company Profiles, and Workshop Opportunities

May Update: May Update: Edmonton Startup Week, Company Profiles, and Workshop Opportunities

Before you head out for a great long weekend full of lots of fun with friends and family, take a few minutes to save our Edmonton Startup Week 2018 dates on your calendar. From October 15 - 19, you're not going to miss any of the action as we celebrate the very best our startup and innovation community has to offer. 

Interested in getting involved? We're currently looking for great people, companies, and organizations to partner with us. You can check out all the opportunities at EdmontonStartupWeek.com.

This month, we welcomed more than 20 students across a variety of programs and schools to our Student Summer Program. They spend the next four months with us immersed in the process of building a tech company. We're always impressed with the students' creativity and commitment and are grateful to the members for welcoming them with open arms. 

As always, we have exciting workshops and programs on deck this month and into June. If you're looking for marketing support, Stephanie has two Startup 101 sessions perfect to help you approach campaigns from a new perspective.

Preflight is accepting applications, with workshop series focused on product and company development, and telling your story slated to start in just a few weeks. 

Safe travels this weekend!

Three Reasons Why You Should Share Your Product Idea!

Three Reasons Why You Should Share Your Product Idea!

Putting your ideas into the world can be terrifying, especially if you're an entrepreneur and you want to build a product, team, and company! Sometimes it can feel like you need to have everything perfect before you tell anyone about your idea. 

If you have spent countless nights thinking about how you’re going to make your product, who your customers are, and how you will get the whole thing off the ground, we have one piece of advice for you... start talking about it!