Startup Community

Mayor Iveson and Greg Burlet chat about building a startup in Edmonton

Mayor Iveson and Greg Burlet chat about building a startup in Edmonton

Launch Party 9 was a great night! Throughout the night, 800 community builders, business leaders, community champions, and supporters connected with our ten companies showing off their new tech products. It’s our favourite night of the year because so many Edmontonians come out to celebrate these companies, try their products, and act as their champions.

Late in the program, Mayor Don Iveson and Greg Burlet, Founder of Frettable, snuck outside for a chat all about the process of building a tech company in Edmonton. From Chief Feline Officers to the role of startup communities, the challenges of finding early-stage capital to setting up employee benefits - Greg and Don cover a lot of ground!

Facebook Live: Tech Entrepreneurship & Parenthood

Facebook Live: Tech Entrepreneurship & Parenthood

This week, Kris Sabourin, Director of Product & Engineering at Betable, sits down for a chat all about the realities of being a parent while growing a tech company. Kris is a dedicated member of the startup community and has a track record of building and leading highly skilled, hard-working, and happy teams.

Member Profile: Jolene Poulin

Member Profile: Jolene Poulin

Last week, I had the chance to chat with Jolene Poulin one of our student members. I'm excited for her to share a little bit more about her studies. Jo was in our 2017 Summer Student Program that includes our Preflight program. In this program, we deep-dive into topics like customer validation, minimum viable product and how to tell your story to customers & investors. 

Jo really jumped into the startup community and takes advantage of opportunities to connect with members and startup teams at all kinds of events, not ones just for students. It's great having her at our Member Coffee, Speaker Series, and Hack Days to show other students the ropes and welcome even more new faces into the fold. 

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." 
 

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.):