Techstars Edmonton Startup Week 2021 Techstars Edmonton Startup Week 2021

Monday, October 18, 2021

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Got ethics? Applied ethics for AI with Ethically Aligned AI
Katrina Ingram
Katrina Ingram
Ethically Aligned AI, Founder and CEO

As a technology start-up, you play a key role in designing our digital future.

But what happens when our design choices go sideways? When we thought we were making the world a better place, but we made it worse for some people? How do we make sure that our technologies don’t cause harm and ideally, promote well-being?

Investors, employees, customers, and society at large expect technology that works for everyone. Making good choices from the start is not only easier, but it sets your business up for long term success.

In this workshop, we’ll explore some of the core ethical issues encountered in developing AI/ML enabled systems. We’ll unpack the reasons why building ethics into your technology design choices is a smart business decision and touch on practical steps you can take in your business to apply ethical principles.


Thank you to the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) for sponsoring the AI/ML track as part of Edmonton Startup Week. 

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Startup Week Kickoff 🎉 Sponsored by the Downtown Business Association and Communauto
Startup Edmonton
Startup Edmonton
Startup Edmonton

Monday. Noon. It's kick off time. 🎉

Edmonton Startup Week kicks off Monday, October 18th from noon-2pm,  and we’re planning something extra special. Trust us, you won't want to miss it!

Here's a handy list of your Startup Week kickoff essentials: 

✅ Follow us on social media @startupedmonton on Instagram and Twitter #yegsw21 so you can be the first to discover where your Startup Week freebies are located, and what you're getting. 👀 In case you missed it, check out these clues we shared on Friday and keep your eyes peeled for more hints around noon on Monday!

✅ Be in downtown Edmonton just before noon so you’ll be nearby your favorite coffee, lunch, and bar spots, ready to grab your free sips and snacks, and swag bag worth over $75! Freebies and swag bag quantities are limited, so get yours before they’re gone!

✅ Use the special password 'STARTUP WEEK' once you get to each kickoff location. You’ll need to share the password with staff to get your freebie.

✅ Don't be a stranger! At each kickoff location, Innovate Edmonton and Startup Edmonton staff will be on-site with smiling (and masked!) faces to greet you and provide your swag bag, while quantities last. We can't wait to meet you!

✅ Wear a mask and bring your proof of vaccination. Please keep in mind that many of the kickoff locations have adopted the Government of Alberta’s Restrictions Exemption Program (REP), which means proof of vaccination may be required upon entry.

✅ Get social! There are plenty of social sharing options on our platform, so be sure to share your Edmonton Startup Week experience on Twitter and Instagram using #yegsw21, and let everyone know you're attending

We can't wait to see you tomorrow to ring in #yegsw21!

Startup Week's Kick Off is made possible thanks to the support of Edmonton's Downtown Business Association and Communauto.

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Business Model 101 with Startup Edmonton
Startup Edmonton
Startup Edmonton
Startup Edmonton

Popularity: 🔥

Come in with an idea for a business/product/project and leave with clear next steps to move your idea forward.

In our most popular workshop, we'll introduce you to the Lean Canvas—a tool used by entrepreneurs around the world. Spots will fill fast!

Startup Edmonton's fantastic facilitators will cover: How to use the Lean Canvas, who your customer is, different sales models and pricing, and how to define your unique value.  


Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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7 Misconceptions when marketing a startup and how to avoid them with Harvest Academy
Kailey Belsher
Kailey Belsher
Harvest Builders, Head of Marketing

Join Kailey Belsher, Head of Marketing at Harvest Builders, as she shares the seven most common misconceptions startups have when marketing their business, and learn the steps you can take to ensure you don't make the same mistakes.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Global Morning Keynote with Kelechi Nwokocha
Kelechi Nwokocha
Kelechi Nwokocha
Bongalow, CEO
Skye Kihara
Skye Kihara
Black Business Ventures Association, Operations & Community Manager

Roll out of bed, grab your coffee, and start your morning with an inspiring chat with a global entrepreneurial leader highlighting their unique journey and disruptive startup. 

We all need a good pick-me-up in the morning and listening to those who have been through the process, know the struggles, and can remind us that there is a light at the end of the 16 hour days… well that’s a good morning!

This morning will feature Kelechi Nwokocha who is the CEO of Bongalow in Nigeria. 


Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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Good but Now Great! Startup Founders Panel with Startup Edmonton
Allan Waine
Allan Waine
Startup Edmonton, Program Facilitator
Tristan Ham
Tristan Ham
Startup Edmonton, Program Facilitator
Allie Knull
Allie Knull
ResumeFree™, Founder & CEO
Kate Popiel
Kate Popiel
What's the Deal?, CEO
Jeffrey Franc
Jeffrey Franc
Stat59, CEO

Talking to Startup founders who are bringing innovation to industries that have seen little to no change. How can we make __________ "way" better? Lessons learned on the journey that will apply to every industry. 

Featuring innovation in recruitment, research and hospitality.

Panelists include:

  • Jeffrey Franc, CEO & Founder of Stat59
  • Allie Knull, CEO & Founder of ResumeFree
  • Kate Popiel, CEO & Co-President of What's the Deal?

Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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Pitch Foundations Bootcamp with Volition
Paul Brassard
Paul Brassard
Volition, Co-Founder, Managing Partner, and Lead Advisor

A lecture-style “bootcamp” that brings together the science of storytelling with Volition's proven investor pitch building methodology.

By the end of the Bootcamp, participants will:

  • Know the key elements of investor pitch structure and narrative storytelling. 
  • Understand how to apply Volition’s pitch-building methodology to capture their value proposition and incorporate all necessary components. 
  • Be able to effectively design, build, and present a clear, concise, and compelling pitch and presentation.

Additional resources: 

  • Pitch Building Workbook (Self-assessment tool)
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Fireside chat with Arden Tse: Insights into how VCs strategically think about product-market fit for early-stage startups with Hassar Consulting Group Inc.
Sam Hassar
Sam Hassar
Hassar Consulting Group Inc., Founder & CEO
Arden Tse
Arden Tse
Yaletown Partners, Investment Manager

Early-stage startups put in the time and sweat to find and demonstrate product-market fit. Demonstrating it is crucial, especially when you are seeking investment money. And yes, you might say, I need to hit this MRR number, or % monthly growth, etc. Investors know well, that early-stage startups don’t have enough data to make a strong case, but what does that mean for you? 

  • What does product-market fit mean for an early-stage startup? 
  • How do you demonstrate that your product solves a worthy problem for which enough customers want to pay? 
  • What evidence do you provide to make the case, data and beyond, especially when the numbers are not quite there? 

In this fireside chat with Arden Tse, we get insights into how VCs think about and assess product-market fit in early-stage startups. We’ll go beyond metrics. 

Three key takeaways from this session include: 

  1. Learn practical insights to help you make your case for product-market fit 
  2. Discover actionable strategies to incorporate in your next conversation with a VC 
  3. Uncover top mistakes to avoid when you want to demonstrate product-market fit to a VC

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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Global Morning Keynote with Omi Iyamu
Skye Kihara
Skye Kihara
Black Business Ventures Association, Operations & Community Manager
Omi Iyamu
Omi Iyamu
ACE, CEO

Roll out of bed, grab your coffee, and start your morning with an inspiring chat with a global entrepreneurial leader highlighting their unique journey and disruptive startup. 

We all need a good pick-me-up in the morning and listening to those who have been through the process, know the struggles, and can remind us that there is a light at the end of the 16 hour days… well that’s a good morning!

This morning will feature Omi Iyamu who is the Co-Found of ACE in the USA. 


Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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Avenge Your Startup - Strategies to Build a "Thought-full" Community with Unbounded Thinking
Ali Wilson
Ali Wilson
Unbounded Thinking, Director
Shannon Phillips
Shannon Phillips
Unbounded Thinking, Director

Learn from Tony Stark. 

You don’t get as far in your quest for success without having the right team and network of Avengers to save the world from destruction. Learn how to build a team and network of people for your startup to help you think through ideas, solve problems, and make decisions in a holistic manner. 

We will explain the psychology of how we think and acknowledge biases, and how to make them work for you so you can build a community of cognitively diverse people to support you on your quest.

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Job Mixer + Company Meet and Greet Sponsored by Jobber

Log on and check out the local startup scene! Edmonton startups are growing and need great teams to help build innovative products that solve problems worldwide. Learn more about job opportunities available now and get to know what kind of skills they will be looking for in the future.

This job mixer is open to anyone curious about opportunities at growing tech-enabled companies - students from all programs of study and schools, recent grads, people on the job search and more.

Join at any time during the two-hour event, and stay as long or short as you'd like.

Companies include:

  • Neo Financial
  • Jobber
  • Edmonton Screen Industries Office (ESIO)
  • Harvest Builders
  • Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii)
  • Bitcoin Well Inc.
  • Drugbank
  • AltaML
  • PainWorth
  • samdesk
  • Betable
  • QuoteToMe
  • DevFacto Technologies
  • Parlee McLaws LLP
  • Jobs Alberta
  • Drivewyze
  • Intuit
  • Fly & Fetch

The Job Mixer is made possible thanks to the generous support of Jobber

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How to get the attention of a VC with Panache Ventures

Join us for the chance to learn how to get the attention of a venture capitalist! 


Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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Find your pricing sweet spot with Harvest Academy
Jack Cristall
Jack Cristall
Harvest Builders, Finance Venture Lead

Join Jack Cristall, Finance Venture Lead at Harvest Builders, as he breaks down the different approaches you can use to determine the optimal pricing for your startup's product or service.


Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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Lessons Learned as First-Time Founders with FLIK

Michelle & Ravina, Co-Founders of FLIK, sit down to reminisce over their journey together as co-founders and first-time founders. We'll talk about all the lessons we've learned in building this community of 10,000+ women from 70+ countries worldwide, the ups and downs, and how we got through it all together.


Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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Business Model 101 with Startup Edmonton
Startup Edmonton
Startup Edmonton
Startup Edmonton

Popularity: 🔥

Come in with an idea for a business/product/project and leave with clear next steps to move your idea forward.

In our most popular workshop, we'll introduce you to the Lean Canvas—a tool used by entrepreneurs around the world. Spots will fill fast!

Startup Edmonton's fantastic facilitators will cover: How to use the Lean Canvas, who your customer is, different sales models and pricing, and how to define your unique value.  


Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Global Morning Keynote with Odun Eweniyi
Skye Kihara
Skye Kihara
Black Business Ventures Association, Operations & Community Manager
Odun Eweniyi
Odun Eweniyi
PiggyVest, COO & Co-Founder

Roll out of bed, grab your coffee, and start your morning with an inspiring chat with a global entrepreneurial leader highlighting their unique journey and disruptive startup. 

We all need a good pick-me-up in the morning and listening to those who have been through the process, know the struggles, and can remind us that there is a light at the end of the 16 hour days…well that’s a good morning!

This morning will feature Odun Eweniyi who is the Co-Founder of PiggyVest in West Africa. 


Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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How can we make innovation more inclusive with Startup Edmonton
Skye Kihara
Skye Kihara
Black Business Ventures Association, Operations & Community Manager

How can we ensure underrepresented potential founders pursue entrepreneurship? The question of what prevents these potential founders from succeeding as entrepreneurs is of vital importance to not only the innovation ecosystem but our economy and society as a whole.  

What are the barriers and what are the crucial next steps?

Join us for a discussion on inclusive innovation.


This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Parlee McLaws.

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Avoid needless failure in entrepreneurship with Hubble Incubator
Cameron Smithers
Cameron Smithers
Hubble Incubator, Founder
Colin Christensen
Colin Christensen
Fuse42 SDG Accelerator, pot stirrer

In entrepreneurship, there are a few big ideas that if you get right, will massively increase your ability to succeed. They are not easy, but when understood they will save you a ton of time, energy, and resources. You will walk away with three tools you can immediately implement in your life and business that will make a difference. While designed for the early-stage entrepreneurs, it’s surprising how they are not well defined in established businesses.

This session kicks off Hubble's 4 part series on Hiring, Cash-flow & Budgeting, and Product-market fit. Colin has been in and around business for decades and had his share of big wins and big losses. Navigating the minefield was a disaster at first but it got easier over time. He serves as MacEwan University's Entrepreneur In Residence, has ownership roles in 6 companies in Renewable energy, Building materials, Apps, Social enterprise, and Acceleration. He spends most of his time helping entrepreneurs avoid needless failure. 

Join us for fun and a ton of energy around entrepreneurship.


Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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Strategies to Support Mental Health in the Workplace with Startup Edmonton
Tiana Field-Ridley
Tiana Field-Ridley
Mental Health Commission of Canada, Implementation Specialist, Workplace Mental Health

Become a wellness ninja! Learn about strategies that can support mental health in your workplace and how you can build a culture of wellness in your startup or organization. 

Topics include: 

  • What is Mental Health? 
  • Difference between Mental Health and Mental Illness 
  • Building Mental Health into Daily Operations 
  • Why being proactive is necessary 
  • How to maintain teams as your company expands 
  • Tools and Resources available for individuals and organizations
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Launch Party 12 🚀🚀🚀 Sponsored by Parlee McLaws

Join us online for the twelfth annual edition of Launch Party! 🚀🚀🚀

Launch Party is Startup Week’s flagship event that celebrates and showcases the hottest startups in town on Thursday, October 21, 2021. 

Launch Party showcases our city's brightest entrepreneurs, their tech-enabled products and celebrates everything that our startup community has to offer. Since 2010, more than 100 technology, Edmonton-based, companies have launched products at the event, including rapidly growing teams like Jobber, Drivewyze, Vertical City, Medo.ai, and Showbie.

Thank You To Our Selection Committee 👏

  • NATHAN IP – STARTUP EDMONTON
  • ALLIE KNULL – RESUMEFREE
  • TIM KWOK – PANACHE VENTURES


If Remo is full at any point in the night, you can head to our Youtube broadcast of the formal program. Once the program is done, try again to get into Remo (through the "Join Stream" button at the top of this event) as we expect there will be additional room following the event. 


Launch Party 12 is made possible thanks to the generous support of Parlee McLaws.OUjFLonyLvKrdRb9OBmuYMpU4vwAWF0dHiM37sVX.png

Friday, October 22, 2021

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Global Morning Keynote with Jonah Chininga
Skye Kihara
Skye Kihara
Black Business Ventures Association, Operations & Community Manager
Jonah Chininga
Jonah Chininga
MICC, CEO

Roll out of bed, grab your coffee, and start your morning with an inspiring chat with a global entrepreneurial leader highlighting their unique journey and disruptive startup. 

We all need a good pick-me-up in the morning and listening to those who have been through the process, know the struggles, and can remind us that there is a light at the end of the 16 hour days…well that’s a good morning!

This morning will feature Jonah Chininga who is the CEO of MICC in PEI. 


Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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Raising Series A with Innovate Edmonton Sponsored by Williams Engineering
Catherine Warren
Catherine Warren
Innovate Edmonton, CEO
Andrew Chau
Andrew Chau
Neo Financial, CEO
Colin Bramm
Colin Bramm
Showbie, CEO and Co-Founder
James Neufeld
James Neufeld
samdesk, CEO

Let’s talk about Money! For startups, raising capital is a beast of a task. It’s daunting. It’s endless hours of work. But you aren’t alone.

Hear about raising Series A funding from those who have successfully been through the process! Learn about the ins and outs of raising big money.

Joining the panel to share their stories are: 

This top-notch panel will be moderated by Catherine Warren, CEO of Innovate Edmonton. Don’t miss out!


Startup Week's Series A Panel is made possible thanks to the support of Williams Engineering.

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✨ FEATURED✨ AI Seminar with Amii & UAlberta
Jacob Jaremko
Jacob Jaremko
Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), Fellow and Canada CIFAR AI Chair

The AI Seminar is a weekly meeting at the University of Alberta where researchers interested in artificial intelligence (AI) can share their research. Presenters include both local speakers from the University of Alberta and visitors from other institutions. Topics can be related in any way to artificial intelligence, from foundational theoretical work to innovative applications of AI techniques to new fields and problems.


Thank you to the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) for sponsoring the AI/ML track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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Forward, Faster, Free- how the ERIN Coach Program can help founders flourish with Innovate Edmonton

Do you have a project or startup that needs expert help to move forward? Hear from founders and advisors in the ERIN Coach program to learn how to move your project forward, faster, for free.


Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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Open House and Networking with Health and Life Science Companies at the Hub

Discover the Health Hub & Accelerator and learn about the diverse group of startups and scaleups in our community. Meet and network with the health and life-science companies, dynamic group of founders, and employees who have called us their second home. And, find out how you can take advantage of the whole gamut of resources that we provide at no cost—from a spacious office and lab space, to cutting-edge equipment for product development, to customized support and services from a dedicated team of subject matter experts—by becoming a member of our Hub! Come and meet our team of business professionals and let us walk you through a virtual tour of our HUGE space in Enterprise Square (literally on top of Bay Enterprise Square LRT Station).