Techstars Edmonton Startup Week 2021 Techstars Edmonton Startup Week 2021

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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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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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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Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Virtual Makerspace Tour with Edmonton Public Library
Holly Arnason
Holly Arnason
Edmonton Public Library, Associate Manager, Makerspace

Did you know that Edmonton Public Library offers free training and free/low cost access to creative equipment and software in its recently expanded Stanley A. Milner Makerspace? 

We'll be presenting a live virtual tour of this space - featuring recording studios, 3D printers, vinyl cutters, a garment press, and more. We help learners of all ages and skill levels get started and we can be a great resource for those developing an idea, taking the very first steps with prototyping, or working on low-cost, DIY digital promotional materials for their business.

This interactive session will include opportunities for Q&A.

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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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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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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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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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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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3D Printing 101: Workshop and Certification with Edmonton Public Library
Holly Arnason
Holly Arnason
Edmonton Public Library, Associate Manager, Makerspace

Attending and completing this free, online workshop gives you access to use Edmonton Public Library's 3D printers virtually or in-person at the Stanley A. Milner Makerspace! Hosted by friendly and knowledgeable EPL staff, this training will prepare you to run a 3D printer and covers: EPL's 3D printing service guidelines and hours of operation, safety, basic concepts and operation of the 3D printer, and an overview for selecting and setting up suitable digital models for the 3D printing process.

EPL's 3D printing service currently allows customer print jobs up to 12 hours in duration, uses a single nozzle 3D printer (one colour at a time), and charges 10 cents per gram for PLA plastic used in customer projects.

Participants require an Edmonton Public Library membership card or an eligible Edmonton-area library card so that we can record and update your 3D printing certification status. Edmonton Public Library cards are free for residents and can be created online.

3D printing service participants must be at least 12 years of age or accompanied by a caregiver.

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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).