Building and fostering a startup community
In 2009, Ken Bautista and Cam Linke founded Startup Edmonton to bring together tech founders to share in the experience of building products. Since that time, we’re continually learning about how to best support Edmonton’s startup communities.
Drawing on the experiences and recommendations of leaders like Brad Feld and through our own trial-and-error approach, the most important lessons we’d like to pass along are that no two communities are the same and trust an entrepreneur-led approach. Each community has different needs and that’s ok. In fact, that’s better than ok, that’s awesome. The diversity in approaches means that rather than duplicate our efforts, startup communities can continue to learn from one another, foster connections and evolve.
When we began work on the Startup Alberta project in 2014, the original request of us was to create a unifying language and community approach to support founders across the province. As we began to tackle the project, we realized that building tools that help founders create the best communities for themselves was most likely a more beneficial result of the project.
Over the years we have used a lot of hacks, tools, apps and processes in our work building community. We’ve distilled the best of what’s working for us now for you here and we’re always available to answer questions or work through a challenge.
As part of the project we're thrilled to provide two guiding documents: Supporting Startup Communities Framework and Startup Communities Organizer Handbook; access to mentorship sessions with Stephanie Enders, Manager - Startup Edmonton; and we're building a community tool that Alberta-based startup communities will have access to free-of-charge as first customers.
Supporting Startup Communities Framework
What Is Community?
Where To Begin?
Startup Communities: Organizer Handbook
Templates & Resources
Startup Edmonton Code of Conduct | SAMPLE
Community Meetups | Leading by example