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Taproot Edmonton Presents

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Taproot Edmonton presents a series of audio stories that help Edmontonians understand their community better.
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Igniting Innovation is Taproot Edmonton Presents' first podcast series. The six-episode run explores how startups and investors are coming together in Edmonton's tech innovation sector. It tells the stories of entrepreneurs, new and experienced tech investors, and those working to grow the community. Listen to new episodes weekly from Edmonton Startup Week through to the Startup TNT Investment Summit.
In the first episode of Igniting Innovation, we meet Zack Storms, founder and chief organizer of Startup TNT, and his wife, Keren Tang, an angel investor with the Startup TNT Investment Summit. They share stories about building and fostering relationships with entrepreneurs and investors in Edmonton's tech innovation sector, plus discuss diversity and the challenges the community is facing.
In the second episode of Igniting Innovation, we talk to Ashlyn Bernier, chief operation officer of Samdesk, and Chris LaBossiere, founder and CEO of Altitude Investments. These two industry veterans weigh in on the larger tech innovation landscape in Edmonton — the challenges, standout contributors, benefits of innovating in this city, attracting new talent, and more.
In the third episode of Igniting Innovation, we're joined by two of the co-founders of Future Fields, Jalene Anderson-Baron and Lejjy Gafour. The Edmonton entrepreneurs talk about their work in the cellular agriculture space, how they've grown their startup since its success at the Startup TNT investment summit in early 2020, and the work that still needs to be done to build diversity in the sector.
The fourth episode of Igniting Innovation dives into investing with Ronda Nedelec and John Pinsent. The two local entrepreneurs talk about how they each got started angel investing, why they've reinvested in the Edmonton ecosystem, and the benefits of getting new people involved.
Allie Knull, CEO of Resume Free, and Emily Craven, CEO of Story City, join us for the fifth episode of Igniting Innovation. Both are part of the top five Edmonton companies pitching at the Startup TNT Investment Summit on Nov. 19, 2020. The entrepreneurs share about finding their niche in the Edmonton tech space, pitching and preparing for pitches, and their experiences in the startup ecosystem as women entrepreneurs.
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