Techstars Edmonton Startup Week 2021 Techstars Edmonton Startup Week 2021

Monday, October 18, 2021

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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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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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Motion Capture DIY with NAIT's Centre for Innovative Media & Edmonton Screen Industries Office
Steven Gilmour
Steven Gilmour
NAIT, Senior Technical Lead
Skylar Zerr
Skylar Zerr
NAIT, Studio Technologist & Animator
AJ Sharpe
AJ Sharpe
NAIT, Studio Technologist & Animator
Tom Viinikka
Tom Viinikka
Edmonton Screen Industries Office, CEO

This is an open panel for local game developers and filmmakers interested in discussing motion capture for digital media.

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✨ FEATURED✨ ML in the Wild with Amii
Adam Danyleyko
Adam Danyleyko
Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, Product Owner, Startups
James Bell
James Bell
Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, Machine Learning Scientist
XZ
Xiao Zheng
Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, Program Coordinator

You’ve seen artificial intelligence and machine learning portrayed in the movies, TV shows, and books for generations but what is machine learning really? What can machine learning do, what can it not do, what happens when it fails, and what is it being used for right here in Edmonton? Join experts from one of Canada's AI centres of excellence to learn what machine learning looks like in the wild!


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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What’s Your Big Idea? Getting it out of your head and onto paper with The Idea Napkin with Prospect Human Services
Kathryn Hotte
Kathryn Hotte
Prospect Human Services, Small Business Advisor

What’s your Big Idea? Have a great idea? Not sure it’s a good one? 

  • Get your idea out of your head and onto paper 
  • Draft your idea visually 
  • Critique it 
  • See if it’s feasible


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

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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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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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Deconstructing Data Rooms with Startup TNT and 4th Street Capital
Tim Lynn
Tim Lynn
Startup TNT, Co-Founder

Thinking about raising money for your startup in the next 6-12 months?  You need a Data Room!

A well-organized data room signals to investors that you are detail-oriented, serious, credible, and have thoroughly thought through how you plan to use the investment to grow your business.  

It is the best way to enable investors to easily peruse all the company documents that they need to make an investment decision about your deal.  

In this interactive seminar, we will walk you through the key components of a data room, practical tips on how to organize them, and share the same Data Room checklist that our investors use at the Startup TNT Investment Summit.  

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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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Finding The Perfect Space To Launch Your Business with Cushman & Wakefield Edmonton
Brandon Rosser
Brandon Rosser
Cushman & Wakefield Edmonton, Associate Partner

Does your business need physical space to fulfil its growth potential?

In this session, we will reveal:

  1. How to determine if it makes sense to expand your business into a commercial space.
  2. What to expect during the leasing and buying process, and how to effectively navigate through it.
  3. After the deal is done, what are the next steps to moving your business in.

Hope to see you there!

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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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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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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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. 


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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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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.

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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.