Professional Development

So, how do we start being braver when it comes to ideas?

So, how do we start being braver when it comes to ideas?

"What's the biggest lesson 2017 taught you?" Steph, our Program Manager, asked as we started our planning for the year. 

Without hesitation, the biggest lesson  from a year full of highs and lows is that our members, companies, students, and team need to be more creative, ambitious, even reckless in the types of problems they're tackling and the scale of solutions they're building. 

2017 was full of travel and conversations with my colleagues across the country and around the world. The most significant takeaway from my experiences last year in cities like San Franciso, Waterloo, and New York is that early-stage teams are unapologetic when it came to how daring and unexpected their products are. 

Recommended Reading: Darling Magazine - An Email is a Tool to Accomplish Something, Not a Work of Art

Recommended Reading: Darling Magazine - An Email is a Tool to Accomplish Something, Not a Work of Art

Welcome back! We'll be sharing our biggest lessons from 2017, loads of highlights from the year, and our January 2018 updates later this week.

To kick off our 2018 blog posts, I'm throwing it back to a fundamental skill shared by Jess Trinca, Senior Vice-President and General Manager at Darling Media, how to send a great email. Here at Startup Edmonton, I'm constantly shifting between communications channels: email, an obscene number of Slack channels and teams, social media accounts up to my eyeballs, Skype Business Chat, Microsoft Teams, plus, the occasional face-to-face conversation with another real-life human. 

My favourite piece of advice from Jess is to be clear about what you want and ask for it.

Answers to our most asked question | How do I find a technical co-founder?

Answers to our most asked question | How do I find a technical co-founder?

Here at Startup Edmonton, we're in the unique position of working with all kinds of founders - technical, non-technical, serial entrepreneurs, first-timers, students, side hustles. It makes our days dynamic & challenging, but we wouldn't change it for the world. Founders of all stripes are driven by the same unrelenting desire to solve a problem with a solution they can see on the horizon. 

We hear a pair of questions more than any others: 

How do a find a technical co-founder? | Don't I need someone with an MBA before I start? 

We're going to tackle how do a find a technical co-founder? today and circle back next week to help answer don't I need someone with an MBA before I start working on my idea? 

September Update: Action packed month of meetups, more support for entrepreneurs, DemoCamp 37 & early-bird Launch Party tickets!

September Update: Action packed month of meetups, more support for entrepreneurs, DemoCamp 37 & early-bird Launch Party tickets!

The first week of September has gone by in a flash! It's great to see many familiar faces back at Mercer Warehouse for meetups and programs (plus, lots of first-day-of-school pictures making the rounds.) 

September is packed to the brim! If you're working on a new project idea, we just added a second evening of Preflight 1 starting on Thursday, September 21. Join us for two-hours once a week and spend some dedicated time moving your idea forward. 

We're also ramping up for Edmonton Startup Week! Early-bird tickets for Launch Party 8 are just $15 and only available until September 15th. This year, we're on the move to Ford Hall in Rogers Place and can't wait to celebrate our city's newest technology companies with you.  

May Update

May Update

This week we celebrated our 5th anniversary in the Mercer Warehouse. Over the past five years, we’ve had the chance to connect with hundreds of entrepreneurs, see teams grow, and more students engage with local startups. It is our honour to support our city’s growing startup community.

This month we have a ton of opportunities for you to join in on the celebration! On May 30th, Kelly Hoey joins us for “Building Your Dream Network”. I met Kelly last month and was really impressed with her approach. We have limited availability; be sure to scoop up your ticket soon.

Thank you for your continued support of our work and the amazing efforts of our member companies.

March Update: Student Developer Conference, Accelerate AB and Work at Startup Edmonton

March Update: Student Developer Conference, Accelerate AB and Work at Startup Edmonton

As we get ready to shift into spring (and for many of the members, grudgingly move our clocks forward), this March the Startup Edmonton team is focused on connecting our city's talented technical students with hiring startups and scaling companies. Over the past three months, we've had dozens of activities on campuses and at our space where students can hear from people working in companies, get to know friendly faces, and start making concrete plans for their education and post-graduation life. 

When is the best time for a startup to seek outside capital?

When is the best time for a startup to seek outside capital?

Often, one of the first questions new entrepreneurs ask Tiffany during programs and mentorship sessions is how they can secure funding for their startup idea. Tiffany is a firm believer that when is a much more important question than how. Once a founder has a firm understanding of when funding should come into play, they can start building out a timeline for product development to make sure their hitting some key milestones to prepare for funding. 

June Update

June Update

June is shaping up to be a great month! 10 students are joining us to work on their tech-enabled products, Warren - Community Manager - is speaking at Pecha Kucha Night 25 (he did an amazing job - stay tuned for the video coming soon), four workshops, and a new intake of Preflight 1 participants. 

Hope to see you at Startup Edmonton soon! 

- Team Startup Edmonton

Why Tech Startups Should Look At Go

Why Tech Startups Should Look At Go

This week we welcome a guest post from William Kennedy of GoingGo.net, a co-author of Go in Action.

The Edmonton Go User Group is one of the most active meetup groups at Startup Edmonton, meeting monthly to collaborate, discuss and learn Go. 

On January 24, 2015, they welcome William Kennedy for a full day workshop on Go that will provide a jump start in learning and working with the language.