Techstars Edmonton Startup Week 2021 Techstars Edmonton Startup Week 2021

Monday, October 18, 2021

- MDT
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. 

J7lWx96b4aemQl5mRUaBT728CquZrWGHf8AGNpX6.jpg

- MDT
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.

zjSQCzdn6fHpbbh2LolUplBoDwYI7A2UU78GGuij.png Y5Q2tVCIUtISvZWGzR69n3108Oq4qNwBTTghnYe2.png

- MDT
TikTok was a clock's sound. Unlocking social media for your startup/brand/or passion without followers with Startup Edmonton
Nevin deMilliano
Nevin deMilliano
Innovate Edmonton, Content Strategist



The conversations around your brand/product/passion are happening right now, live, around the world. In this session, we’re diving into social media and how you (or your team/brand) can cut through the noise and create real value without a massive following.

📲No prior social media experience is required. 

👉We’ll discuss strategies, tactics and tools you can use right now to harness the powerful conversations and insights on social. 

💫 If you’re wondering "would anyone want to buy my idea/solution/product…" here’s how to find those conversations.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

- MDT
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.

U2Npk4AqW8pciA3ETpZrUnBXvnplCb5T5N613MM2.png



- MDT
Growing by Finding and Reaching Your Go-to Community with Lift Interactive

You've probably heard of a "go-to-market strategy", but more and more, marketing experts are talking about the importance of understanding your "go-to Community" to succeed. We're bombarded by unprecedented numbers of channels competing for our attention—finding and reaching communities that share values, interests, and ideals could be the key to your growth.

- MDT
Market Research and Competitive Analysis with the Mawji Centre at NAIT
Garrett Fleck
Garrett Fleck
Reputed Marketing Inc., Founder

Register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/market-research-and-competitive-analysis-tickets-159034411205 

Market Research is the way to gather information about customer needs and market drivers. If you want to gather information from actual customers or potential customers to make a decision, then you need to understand and use market research. Competitive analysis is a subset of market research. When you investigate your competition or potential competition, you use market research techniques and concepts to understand what your competition is doing today and gain insights into their plans for tomorrow. 

Garrett Fleck is one of the Mawji Centre’s valued Entrepreneurs-in-Residence. He is the founder of Reputed Digital Marketing Inc. At Reputed, their vision is to help businesses realize the full potential of the internet, to drive a new evolution of development, growth, and productivity.


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

HT6cvRluHwu3J8ynmOOZj6ktwF14qS7njEBWjyON.png

- MDT
Weekly Chat for Dev Edmontonians
Chris C
Chris C
Saturday Morning Productions, Software Consultant

A casual virtual weekly chat that is open to everyone and anyone. A place to ask questions, hear different viewpoints, and, most importantly, get to know your fellow Dev Edmontonians and developers from around the world.

Every week there is a new initial software development topic to get the conversation started.  For startup week the initial topic communities, both online and in-person.  What do you think makes a good community?  A bad community?  If you have built a community what lessons did you learn?

Speaking of communities you can find the Weekly Chat community online at the #meetup-weekly-chat channel on the Dev Edmonton Slack:

https://devedmonton.com/

And also on Meetup:

https://www.meetup.com/startupedmonton/events/281405872

Weekly Chat is every Tuesday at 12pm MDT.  Hope to see you for the Startup Week chat and also future chats.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

- MDT
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.

- MDT
How to Grow a Startup Using Partnerships with Senkow Ventures Inc
Clinton Senkow
Clinton Senkow
Senkow Ventures, Managing Director

This session will touch on how you can, as an early-stage company, leverage someone else's audience or customers to promote and grow your business. Partnerships aren't just for the well-funded startups or billion-dollar unicorns, they are for all businesses. You will leave this session with a game plan and hit-list of possible partners you can collaborate with to grow your business faster and stronger, together.


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

Fv67VvzFwu4CFunVkFDULnvXBEDYv6Izne7GJohw.png

- MDT
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

qPGiih5pMZ0yHEsQtGasfYehQgAbhko498vEXClX.png


- MDT
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.

nUzuulu4FfJDnmbG3cXCOO1qKiWOtYk4XeUIrssS.png

- MDT
Why Inclusion Matters and How You Can be an Active Participant in Change - a practical guide to owning your own equity, diversity, and inclusion journey in a time of heightened social consciousness with Erin Davis Co.
Erin Davis
Erin Davis
Erin Davis Co., Founder & Lead Inclusion Strategist

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) have become part of our mainstream dialogue, whether you are hearing the topic come up at the boardroom table, or over coffee with a fellow entrepreneur -- we’ve moved into a time when understanding how you can help build a more inclusive world matters. 

Erin can help you on your journey to understand why EDI matters in your business, how you can be an active participant in forming more inclusive solutions and showcase why inclusive workplaces matter.

- MDT
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.

ZeP4maJFSbpE8I2fySo6c7WvxtL13zVoWE8SHXen.png

Thursday, October 21, 2021

- MDT
A Deep Dive into Local Neurotechnology Development with NeurAlbertaTech
Eden Redman
Eden Redman
NeurAlbertaTech, Executive Director

We will start with a quick introduction to the NPO, NeurAlbertaTech, with a recap of projects we have supported since our founding in February of 2019. 

Then we will dive deep into the specifics of one of our current projects, "Koalacademy" (submission to the Russian Neurotech Cup 2021), and how we are scientifically validating a Brain Computer Interface-accelerated language learning platform through traditional academic research avenues at the University of Alberta.


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

jlit6wIBpEAlQqHjICe3ZaupHpTbI4FjdeV6LWFp.jpg 

- MDT
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

- MDT
How to start a VC fund/Angel Network to invest in startups with StartupFuel Inc.

Attendees who are aspiring VC fund managers will learn how to set up a fund/network to invest in startups. Startup founders will learn what investors look for when making early stage investments.

- MDT
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.

rgkW2KzRwHgK6eLmyQsYjs2SoGOOo7MCVotlRWIH.png