Techstars Edmonton Startup Week 2021 Techstars Edmonton Startup Week 2021

Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Recruiting 101 - Attracting Top Talent with Jobs Alberta
Jason Byrne
Jason Byrne
Jobs Alberta, President

Win the war on talent. Insider tips on how to attract and retain great people.

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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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People and Pipelines: Building a Scalable Data Strategy with Showbie
Ella Wherritt
Ella Wherritt
Showbie, Senior Data Analyst

Showbie, a mid-stage startup, has seen tremendous organizational growth in the last year. But what do you do when more decision-makers join the team and the demand for data exceeds capacity? Is growing your data team enough? Or is building a scalable data pipeline the answer? 

Join us as we share our data journey from one analyst to a team of six, and how we modernized our data architecture to increase scalability.

Showbie is the hybrid learning platform empowering millions of educators to quickly and easily manage classroom workflow and deliver personalized feedback to students of all learning abilities on any device.

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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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Navigating the AI Resources in Your Ecosystem with Cybera
Byron Chu
Byron Chu
Cybera Inc., Program Manager, Data Science
Ahmad Bisher
Ahmad Bisher
WestGrid, Director, Strategy & Partnership Development

Over the last few years, the AI and cloud ecosystem in Alberta has grown rapidly. There are lots of organizations that are ready to support you in your tech journey, however, sometimes it is hard to tell if they are the right match. 

This panel discussion on local AI resources is aimed at innovators, entrepreneurs, and ecosystem support providers who are seeking the know-how, tools, and support to develop their artificial intelligence projects and DIY capacity. Following this panel, attendees can expect to have a better understanding of the fit of Alberta’s AI service providers/not-for-profits and how they can better leverage them.


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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