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Entrepreneurship is lonely without support. On the podcast, hosted by Startup Calgary, we will chat with startup community leaders who will share the knowledge, tools and inspiration you need to launch and grow your startup right here in Calgary. Startup Calgary helps entrepreneurs turn their highly scalable ideas into reality by connecting them to what they need, when they need it. Learn more at www.startupcalgary.ca. Follow us on social media: https://linktr.ee/startupcalgary
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Episode Summary: On the Startup Calgary Podcast, we chat with Tyler Chisholm, CEO at clearmotive marketing and Host & Founder of both Collisions YYC and They Just Get it podcasts. During his time as a podcast host, Tyler has chatted with more than 100 interesting community-oriented, ecosystem builders, 85 of which were in 2020. Follow along as Tyler gives some meaningful perspective into Calgary’s innovative tech ecosystem and where he thinks it’s headed. Interview date: December 3, 2020Featured Guest: Tyler Chisholm, CEO at clearmotive marketing and Host & Founder of both Collisions YYC and They Just Get it podcastsFrom his days growing up in southern Quebec to his adventures as a pilot at the ripe old age of 26, Tyler’s curiosity and resourcefulness have driven him to search out an eclectic list of life experiences.Tyler’s pursuit of his career in aviation led him to Calgary in 2000 where he found endless opportunity, none of which was a job in aviation. His passion for business led him to develop his own online health and fitness software program, (back before you could download it for free on your phone) as well as a full-service active weight loss & personal training center. This was to be the beginning of his entrepreneurial journey.After exiting the fitness business Tyler took his new-found love of marketing and co-founded clearmotive marketing in 2007. With offices in Calgary and Toronto Tyler’s goal was to build a marketing-first agency focused on better connecting clients to their customers. As an entrepreneur, his experience told him that establishing better communication by gaining an understanding of clients’ business challenges would make the difference. With an appreciation of the impact digital transformation has on the way companies do business, Tyler’s focus has always ensured that clearmotive shapes the curve of how digital solutions can affect greater outcomes.As host of two podcasts, They Just Get It and Collisions YYC, Tyler brings a voice to advocates, challengers and thought leaders to inspire lively dialogue and bold actions towards creating a better Calgary. A strong advocate for helping those less fortunate, he also established Red Express in 2010, a project that puts Christmas toys in the hands of kids in need. In 2012, Tyler was recognized as one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40Be sure to check out both Tyler’s YYC-based, fun and informative podcasts:Collisions YYCThey Just Get It To learn more about Tyler, visit his website. Join Calgary's Startup Community: Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here. Follow Startup Calgary on social media
Episode Title: #21 So, You Want to Work for at a Startup? – Developer Making the decision to work at a startup means you must roll up your sleeves and embrace the attitude that no job, or no task is too small. During the series, “So, You Want to Work for at a Startup,” we feature a few of the key and growing roles at Calgary tech startups to help answer questions like, “how can you best prepare yourself to work at a startup?” and “what should you consider when evaluating an offer?”Interview date: August 19, 2020Featured Speakers: Katherine Connolly is a Software Engineer at Neo Financial, a financial services company based in Calgary. Prior to becoming a software developer, Kat attended a liberal arts college and had a career in politics. Kat only started to think about a career in tech about three years ago while she was living in Toronto. In 2018, Kat moved back to Calgary and completed the Lighthouse Labs web development bootcamp and now works at Neo Financial.  Pedro Restrepo is the VP of Engineering at Knowhow, a Calgary-based tech startup that is helping US-based Blue Collar service companies to improve project profitability, customer satisfaction, staff productivity, management capacity and improve overall company performance through an intuitive ‘how-to’ hub that lives at the core of the organization. Prior to working at KnowHow, Pedro held various engineering positions at local startups like TikTiks and Calgary Scientific. Perdo is passionate about building software that solves real world problems.Interested in working at KnowHow? Check out their current job openings. Join Calgary's Startup Community: Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.  Follow Startup Calgary on social media 
Making the decision to work at a startup means you must roll up your sleeves and embrace the attitude that no job or no task is too small. During the series, So, You Want to Work for at a Startup, we feature a few of the key and growing roles at Calgary tech startups to help answer questions like, “how can you best prepare yourself to work at a startup?” and “what should you consider when evaluating an offer?” Interview date: July 16, 2020Featured Speakers: Shubh Sidhu is an engineer by training with a career in technology. He is passionate about tech and its role in improving lives. As Vice President of Growth at ZayZoon, Shubh spreaheads lead generation strategies and is responsible for company growth. He is passionate about his role and deeply believes in both ZayZoon’s product and people.Prior to working at ZayZoon, Shubh spent eight years in progressive roles at Mentor Engineering (eventually acquired by Constellation Software), three years at Rogers in advanced solutions and three years building out sales and marketing for ConvergentIS (top 500 Growth company in Canada 2018). Shubh loves sports, people and meaningful conversation. Most importantly, he is invested in being the best partner, the best teammate and watching his kids become the best versions on themselves. Grant Lahring is proud to be the Growth Manager for Goodlawyer, a Calgary-based legal tech startup that is transforming Canada's legal industry by making legal services fast, affordable, and effortless.Before joining Goodlawyer, Grant held positions in sales, marketing, and growth within organizations like Uber, Habitat for Humanity, Deepwater Farms, and ActiveConversion. Grant’s carried a bag, built teams, managed budgets, and everything in between, but not a day goes by when he doesn't see something new and realize how much more there is to learn. His proudest moments at Goodlawyer (so far) include three successive month-on-month doublings in monthly bookings and a 5x increase in gross revenue over a six month period. Join Calgary's Startup Community: Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here. Follow Startup Calgary on social media 
Making the decision to work at a startup means you must roll up your sleeves and embrace the attitude that no job or no task is too small. During the series, So, You Want to Work for at a Startup, we feature some of the key and growing roles at Calgary tech startups to help answer questions like, “how can you best prepare yourself to work at a startup?” and “what should you consider when evaluating an offer?”Interview date: July 16, 2020Featured Speakers: Megan Kurcwal, Director of Sales and Marketing at StellarAlgo, drives the new customer acquisition and marketing strategy for StellarAlgo. She has over seven years of experience leveraging data to accelerate sales, marketing & fan experience programs in multiple industries including sports & entertainment and energy businesses. Megan has helped lead StellarAlgo from seven customers to over 50 in the sport & entertainment space with a 180% growth rate year over year.  Brandon Healey, Sales Director at SumoQuote, is responsible for leading the company’s sales growth, developing new sales & market entry strategies, supporting product development & leveraging partnerships to maintain growth. Brandon has helped lead SumoQuote to 5x growth in 2020, trending toward 900% revenue growth for the year. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs connect with their clients in a deeper, more honest way.Join Calgary's Startup Community: Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here. Follow Startup Calgary on social media 
Episode Description: Sean Cardiff, VP / Engagement Lead at Green Stone, is a user experience designer with more than 12 years of experience in the industry. On the Startup Calgary podcast, Sean dives deep into three areas:His background: Sean discusses his education, where he started, how he landed his first job, what clients he’s worked with, where his career taken him & more.User experience 101: UX as a four-step process, what product design is, where it comes into play & why it's so importantRapid-fire Q&A: From building user journeys to making UX design impactful & meaningful to protecting intellectual property & recommended software, Sean answers an array of burning questions. View session notes & Sean’s presentation here.Interview date: June 18, 2020Featured Speaker:Sean Cardiff brings an extensive resume in building human-centric strategies and digital products for brands like Charles Schwab, Volkswagen, American Express, Beats Electronics, and others. His work ranges from Macro-level research studies & data analysis to digital product development and executive leadership. Outside of Green Stone's consulting practice Sean is passionate about building a culture of innovation in western Canada. He's an active advisor to a number of educational institutions & local tech businesses and interested in helping any entrepreneurs who share his enthusiasm.Join Calgary's Startup Community:Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social media 
The best way to learn about the startup journey is to hear it first-hand from those who have experienced it. Listen to our “Startup Story” episodes to hear from local founders who are growing their companies right here in Calgary.Interview date: May 20, 2020Featured Startup: Pam Draper President & CEO of BitvoBitvo is a Canadian cryptocurrency exchange platform founded by a group of financial entrepreneurs with backgrounds in the banking and payment processing sectors. Bitvo makes it easy for its customers to buy, sell and trade cryptocurrency by setting up safe and secure accounts, offering same day processing of deposit and withdrawal requests and live customer support 24/7.  Check out more Calgary startup stories.Join Calgary's Startup Community:Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social media
Episode Description: Cassels is a leading Canadian law firm with one of the country’s most sophisticated teams dedicated to helping startups and emerging companies protect and grow their businesses. On the podcast, we chat with three legal experts and Cassels team members, Daniel Zuniga, Maria Constantine and Corinne Grigoriu who discuss corporate, employment and tax law in regards to COVID-19.Interview date: April 23, 2020Featured SpeakersDaniel Zuniga | dzuniga@cassels.com: Dan is a partner in the Business Law Group at Cassels and serves as Co-Chair of the Emerging Companies Group. Daniel has extensive experience in advising both start-up and emerging companies, private equity and venture capital firms with respect to the formation, organization, financing, sale, and acquisition of start-up and emerging companies, particularly in the technology sector. This expertise includes the organization of companies to venture-backed standards, non-dilutive financings, angel and seed investments, Series A and other preferred share financings, and exit transactions.Maria Constantine | mconstantine@cassels.com: Maria is an associate in the Litigation and Employment & Labour Groups at Cassels. Maria advises employer clients on all aspects of the employment relationship, including employee hiring, discipline and dismissal, statutory compliance, disability management and accommodation, workplace investigations, and human rights issues. She regularly represents employers in litigation matters and has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in Ontario and at a variety of administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and Ontario Labour Relations Board. Maria has particular expertise in written advocacy and extensive experience drafting complex employment contracts and workplace policies. She also provides strategic advice on employment issues arising in connection with corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions.Corinne Grigoriu | cgrigoriu@cassels.com: Corinne is an associate in the Taxation Group at Cassels. Corinne’s practice focuses on corporate and international tax planning, advising clients on a variety of domestic and international tax matters including inbound and outbound investment and financing, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, internal reorganizations and natural resource taxation. Her practice also includes the settlement of tax disputes and tax litigation. In addition, Corinne offers experience with charitable and not-for-profit tax matters and assists clients with general corporate and commercial matters.Join Calgary's Startup Community:Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social media
The best way to learn about the startup journey is to hear it first-hand from those who have experienced it. Listen to our “Startup Story” episodes to hear from local founders who are growing their companies right here in Calgary.Interview date: March 9, 2020Featured Startup: Stuart Kinnear, CEO & Co-founder at Interface FluidicsInterface Fluidics is a laboratory technology company that allows the oil and gas industry to make better decisions about how to maximize the amount of oil recovered from each well by providing unique fluid compatibility and property testing.  This allows their customers to make better decisions, extend the life cycle of wells, and reduce the emissions per produced barrel of oil.Interface Fluidics has been a part of Startup Calgary Launch Party, Creative Destruction Lab - Rockies and the Techstars Equinor Energy Accelerator. They raised a $6M Series A in 2019.   Check out more Calgary startup stories.Join Calgary's Startup Community:Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social media
 Carey Houston, Founder and Partner at 321 Growth Academy will discuss topics such as: The importance of taking care of yourself, so you have the resilience to lead through this crisis - and your team and customersHow to think through your options for how you might respond and adapt How to keep selling and marketing - but differently And how to shore up for what comes next.  Interview date: March 25, 2020Featured Speaker:Carey Houston, Founder & Partner at 321 Growth AcademyCarey Houston is a veteran of startup and scale-ups, with 30 years of executive experience in marketing, product management, sales and business development. She’s held executive positions in 6 high growth tech companies in both Toronto and Calgary and is a four-time VP Marketing, so she’s seen first hand not only how the practice of marketing has evolved, but also how it changes through economic ups and downs. Currently, Carey is focused on helping the next generation of tech entrepreneurs build and learn the skills needed to accelerate growth. She founded and runs a company called 321 Growth Academy, that help startups, scale-ups, and innovative businesses create and grow successful companies right here in Alberta. She’s also an active volunteer mentor with the Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta, and a member of The A100 - a group of experienced “been there, done that” tech executives focused on building a great tech community and helping startups and entrepreneurs thrive.About 321 Growth Academy: 321 Growth Academy delivers programs designed to ignite the growth of B2B startups and scaleups. Through hands-on learning, coaching and a community of growth experts, participants graduate with the skills they need to align their team and drive more revenue faster.Session notes from previous “Ask Me Anything” SessionsMarch 20, 2020: Ask Me Anything with Michael Lake: How will your startup navigate COVID-19?March 25, 2020: Ask Me Anything with Carey Houston: How will your sales team respond to COVID-19?Looking for more guidance and resources to help you navigate COVID-19? View this page on our website. Join Calgary's Startup Community: Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social media
Episode Title: #15 Startup Story: Virtual GurusThe best way to learn about the startup journey is to hear it first-hand from those who have experienced it. Listen to our “Startup Story” episodes to hear from local founders who are growing their companies right here in Calgary.Interview date: March 9, 2020Featured Startup: Bobbie Racette, Founder & CEO at Virtual GurusBobbie is the Founder and She-EO of Virtual Gurus, a Talent as a Service Solution platform that matches its users with the perfect North American Remote Assistants and Freelancers by using matchmaking algorithms.Recently named both Canada’s Indigenous Entrepreneur of the Year and Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Prairies Region by Startup Canada, Bobbie is an unstoppable force in the Canadian startup community. She is a Cree-Metis woman who prides herself on building an inclusivity-first company, championing for indigenous people and the LGBTQ+ community. She is a natural leader, sharing her passion by mentoring First Nations Youth who have demonstrated interest in Tech and Business.Forbes announced Virtual Gurus as being one of the top 19 Innovative Tech Startups to watch. Bobbie’s company works with clients who are Fortune 500 executives, startup entrepreneurs, and small business owners.About Virtual Gurus: Virtual Gurus is a two-sided marketplace that matches businesses and entrepreneurs with on-shore Virtual Assistants. Virtual Gurus is currently working to finish building the dashboard of the marketplace which will include it's new by-the-task app that will allow users all over the world to delegate simple tasks while on the go. Special offer for Calgary startups: Does your Calgary-based startup need back-office support? Virtual Gurus is offering free virtual assistant services. Visit startups.thevirtualgurus.com and enter code “Startup100” at checkout.Bobbie’s favourite podcasts: From Founder to CEOThe Talent EconomyScaleUpBobbie was also recently featured on The Pitch. Listen to the episode. Check out more Calgary startup stories.Join Calgary's Startup Community:Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social media
Carey Houston, Founder and Partner at 321 Growth Academy answers questions such as: At what stage of your startup should you start developing a marketing strategy, and what are some of the key components? How should you determine which metrics to track in the early days? What should you consider before making your first marketing hire, and what should you be looking for? Interview date: January 22, 2020Featured Speaker:Carey Houston, Founder & Partner at 321 Growth AcademyCarey Houston is a veteran of startup and scale-ups, with 30 years executive experience in marketing, product management, sales and business development. She’s held executive positions in 6 high growth tech companies in both Toronto and Calgary, and is a four-time VP Marketing, so she’s seen first hand not only how the practice of marketing has evolved, but also how it changes through economic ups and downs. Currently, Carey is focused on helping the next generation of tech entrepreneurs build and learn the skills needed to accelerate growth. She founded and runs a company called 321 Growth Academy, that help startups, scale-ups, and innovative businesses create and grow successful companies right here in Alberta. She’s also an active volunteer mentor with the Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta, and a member of The A100 - a group of experienced “been there, done that” tech executives focused on building a great tech community and helping startups and entrepreneurs thrive.About 321 Growth Academy: 321 Growth Academy delivers programs designed to ignite the growth of B2B startups and scaleups. Through hands-on learning, coaching and a community of growth experts, participants graduate with the skills they need to align their team and drive more revenue faster.Join Calgary's Startup Community: Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social media
The best way to learn about the startup journey is to hear it first-hand from those who have experienced it. Listen to our “Startup Story” episodes to hear from local founders who are growing their companies right here in Calgary.Interview date: December 17, 2019Featured Startup: Ivonne Gamboa, President & CEO at Goat GenerationIvonne Gamboa is originally from Ecuador and since she was little she was always challenging the "status quo" which is why she decided to study civil engineering a "not so popular" career for  a woman 19 years ago in Quito. She founded an engineering consulting firm in Ecuador in 2001 with her sister which has been operating for 18 years. Ivonne emigrated to Canada 13 years ago and fell in love with this great country.Ivonne and team recently developed an app called GOAT which aims to reduce food waste by enabling businesses and households to connect buyers with their surplus food. GOAT was started from a personal story, when Ivonne and her family didn't realize how much food they were wasting. When family members moved from South America and asked if they could take their extra food they realized some families weren't as lucky as them and may be struggling to find affordable meals. GOAT connects food businesses or households with surplus food for families looking for great meals at an affordable or free price point with the goal of helping communities and protecting the environment by reducing food waste.Follow GOAT on Instagram @goat_share and download the app for free in the Google Play or Apple APP store.Goat Generation website: https://www.goatgeneration.com/Check out more Calgary startup stories.Join Calgary's Startup Community:Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social media
Benny Giang, Founding Team Member at CryptoKitties, shares what’s next in product management & blockchain. CryptoKitties is one of Canada’s fastest growing blockchain companies co-launched out of the Axiom Zen venture studio November 2017.Interview date: December 20, 2019Featured Speaker:Benny Giang, Founding Team Member at CryptokittiesBenny Giang is a founding team member of CryptoKitties and a Growth Product Manager at Dapper Labs. He has a background in psychology, user experience design and product marketing. He has worked on a wide range of startups including Lightship Works (industrial IOT), Toby (knowledge management platform), and Upright AI (AI for sales reps). In 2017 he co-created Toby, a Chrome extension that received awards from Product Hunt and the Google Chrome store. Toby was accepted into Y Combinator's Startup School and was one of the top startups within the cohort.Benny has been fascinated by cryptocurrencies since early 2016 and was an early supporter of Ethereum. He formally transitioned from working on Upright AI to blockchain products because he saw first-hand how people didn't have control of their own personal data specifically in the sales lead generation business. Benny played a pivotal role in launching CryptoKitties during its infancy to its current global success. He is exploring the intersection of cryptography, games, and art; all of which extend the interactivity of digital assets using smart contracts.Currently, he is leading the charge in expanding the imagination of non fungible digital assets to the world.About CryptoKitties: In CryptoKitties, users collect and breed oh-so-adorable creatures that we call CryptoKitties! Each kitty has a unique genome that defines its appearance and traits. Players can breed their kitties to create new furry friends and unlock rare cattributes.CryptoKitties is one of the world’s first blockchain games. ‘Blockchain’ is the technology that makes things like Bitcoin possible. While CryptoKitties isn’t a digital currency, it does offer the same security: each CryptoKitty is one-of-a-kind and 100% owned by you. It cannot be replicated, taken away, or destroyed.Join Calgary's Startup Community: Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social media
The best way to learn about the startup journey is to hear it first-hand from those who have experienced it. Listen to our “Startup Story” episodes to hear from local founders who are growing their companies right here in Calgary.Interview date: December 17, 2019Featured Startup: Curtis Smith, Founding Team Member at FluroTechFluroTech is an aspiring leader in analytical cannabis and hemp testing technologies. The CompleTestTM device allows for fast, accurate, reliable and affordable in-house testing for potency and contaminates.FluroTech was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at Launch Party 2019. Check out more Calgary startup stories.Join Calgary's Startup Community:Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social media
Find out how you can tap into the global Techstars network from right here in Calgary. Did you know that Techstars Startup Weekend is run by local Organizers in over 700 cities and 150 countries worldwide? Join us for the next Startup Weekend Calgary from February 28 to March 1, 2020 and get connected to the global Techstars network. Register now!Interview date: November 12, 2019Featured Speaker:Jacqueline Ros, Regional Director, Americas at TechstarsAs the Regional Director for the Americas, Jacqueline is responsible for creating and executing the strategy for the region, managing a multi-cultural remote team that supports the Techstars network, and supporting governments building innovation ecosystems.About Techstars: Techstars is a Worldwide Network that helps entrepreneurs succeed by investing in, supporting, and educating some of the best entrepreneurs in the globe. With a portfolio of over 1,100 companies with a total market cap of $65B, Techstars operates in 150 countries with a massive network of mentors, investors, founders, and Community Leaders.Join Calgary's Startup Community: Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social media
BetaKit shares the ins and outs of talking to tech media. BetaKit is an online publication focused on covering Canadian startups and tech innovation. Whether your company has a big announcement to make, an innovative story to tell or you’re just curious about how tech media operates, you’ll walk away with a better understanding of how to engage with the media.Interview date: November 13, 2019Featured Speaker:Douglas Soltys, Editor-in-Chief at BetaKitDouglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. Previously of RIM, MobileSyrup, and a number of failed publications you might remember fondly. Douglas has spent the last 15 years writing about or working on tech in Canada.About BetaKit: BetaKit is Canada’s startup and tech innovation publication of record. We are the nation’s only publication dedicated to what’s new and next with Canadian startups and tech innovation. We speak to the people tracking, investing, and building the next generation of Canadian companies.Join Calgary's Startup Community: Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social media
The best way to learn about the startup journey is to hear it first-hand from those who have experienced it. Listen to our “Startup Story” episodes to hear from local founders who are growing their companies right here in Calgary.Interview date: September 4, 2019Featured Startup: Scott Benesh, VP Capital Projects at VEERUM.Capital projects and asset ownership is uncertain, reactive, and globally distributed; people do not have the information to make the right decision at the right time. Project teams and asset owners require a data centric approach to managing capital asset information to enable enterprise digital transformation.VEERUM integrates data from survey data capture, engineering design systems, original equipment manufacturers, and document management systems. By digitally matching the plan to reality and identifying the differences, VEERUM'S solution helps the project stay on track. Digitally verified information is available in near-real time for data driven decision making. Users access verified asset data from a secure cloud-based web solution, enabling data management across the entire asset lifecycle. Asset stakeholders can view aggregated asset data in the context of a 3D model. All information is available for total audit history of the asset.Now delivering its asset information visualization solution in Canada, the United States and Africa, VEERUM will be the company to watch this year. Check out more Calgary startup stories.Join Calgary's Startup Community:Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social media
The best way to learn about the startup journey is to hear it first-hand from those who have experienced it. Listen to our “Startup Story” episodes to hear from local founders who are growing their companies right here in Calgary.Interview date: September 4, 2019Featured Startup: Brett Colvin is the co-founder & CEO and Steven Bodi is the co-founder, President & COO at Goodlawyer, a legal services marketplace dedicated to fixed fees for common legal needs. Goodlawyer aims to solve one key problem, access to legal services, or access to the law. Accessing the law can be time consuming, confusing and expensive. Goodawyer provides a platform for connection between those in need of affordable and accessible legal services and the lawyers who can provide them.. Check out more Calgary startup stories.Join Calgary's Startup Community: Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social media
Incubators and accelerators play a valuable role in the startup journey, especially in the early stages. Learn more about some of the programs available to founders based in Calgary and beyond. Interview date: August 19, 2019Featured Speakers:Katie Findlay, Manager of Trade at Calgary Economic Development, host of the Trade Accelerator Program for Southern AlbertaKevin Franco, Entrepreneur in Residence at Platform Calgary and Program Guide for JunctionHannah Cree, Senior Manager, Entrepreneur Education at ATB Financial and Strategy Lead for ATB XProgram Information:Trade Accelerator Program:The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is a hands-on accelerator that connects small to medium-sized businesses with the network, tools and knowledge they need to scale up, develop and execute an export plan. This program was created by the Toronto World Trade Centre and Toronto Region Board of Trade and hosted by Calgary Economic Development for all companies in Southern Alberta. Applications for Cohort 7 are now open. Cohort 7 will be held Nov 7-8, 18 and Dec 18, 2019. Open to businesses across Southern Alberta. Cohort 7 will be focused on technology and services. Email: kfindlay@calgaryeconomicdevelopment.comJunction:Platform Calgary’s Junction program is a full-time residency program that helps you build a strong foundation as an entrepreneur and sets you apart from the competition, providing you with an unfair advantage when approaching investors, partners and customers. Ultimately, it will prepare you to take full advantage of seed accelerators after graduation so you can hit the ground running.Applications are ongoing and the next program is tentatively set for January of 2020. Open to first time founders world-wide (founders outside of Canada can look at the Startup Visa program as well).Email: kevin.franco@platformcalgary.com ATB X: ATB X is the first crowdsourced, growth-focused program delivered by businesses, for businesses, through experts, connections and community. You choose what you need to level up your business and we introduce you to the Xperts—entrepreneurs, business owners and community partners—who know from experience how to run a business. They’ll share their wins, failures, tips and tools so you can grow your business faster through mentorship and weekly working sessions.Applications are now open for the Winter 2020 cohort. Open to all Alberta-based companies. Email: atbx@atb.com Join Calgary's Startup Community: Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.
Incubators and accelerators play a valuable role in the startup journey, especially in the early stages. Learn more about some of the programs available to founders based in Calgary and beyond. Interview date: July 18, 2019Featured Speakers:James Thangaraj, Director of Industry Partnerships at Platform Calgary, home of the TELUS Innovation Platform (TELUS Technology Incubator & Accelerator) Erik Allan, Tundra A.C.E Program Director at Tundra Process SolutionsJoe Martini, Executive Director at Zone Startups Calgary Program Information: TELUS Innovation Platform:The TELUS Innovation Platform supports Canadian technology startups at all stages of growth. In the early stages, the incubator program helps startups develop a robust go to market strategy. For growth stage startups, the accelerator program offers a combination of advisory services that strengthen all aspects of their business, leading to increased growth, higher visibility with potential customers and investors, and potential enterprise opportunities with TELUS.Applications will open Fall 2019. Available to startups across Canada.Email: james.thangaraj@platformcalgary.com Tundra A.C.E Program:The Tundra A.C.E Program helps Alberta’s best and brightest fast-track the commercialization of their disruptive technology solutions and gain access to market, fast. Tundra A.C.E supports emerging technologies that reduce methane emissions, reduce carbon tax burdens, decrease operating costs, increase revenues, help companies with compliance and diversify the economy. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Available to Western Canadian startups.Email: erik@tundrasolutions.ca Zone Startups Calgary: Zone Startups Calgary Inc. is an Alberta based technology accelerator that has partnered with GE Canada, Baker Hughes General Electric and TELUS to commercialize innovative technology companies within the energy, agricultural, transportation as well as the industrial internet of things sectors. In conjunction with its growing list of corporate partners, community partner sponsors and mentors/advisors, Zone provides hands-on strategic and tactical guidance for companies looking to drive market validation and customer acquisition, as well as access to investors, corporate partners and advisors. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Available to Canadian and, via the Start-Up Visa program, to foreign companies.Email: joe@zonestartups.com Join Calgary's Startup Community: Startup Calgary’s free Community Membership will help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign up here.Follow Startup Calgary on social mediaSave the Date: Launch Party 2019Do you know an up-and-coming tech startup that should be showcased at Startup Calgary’s 10th annual Launch Party on November 12, 2019? Submit your nominations by Friday, September 27, 2019 at 4p
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