Startup Weekend Calgary

    Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Calgary

Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017

Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Global Business Centre
120 8 Ave SE
Calgary, Ab T2G 0K6

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Be a part of Calgary's Entrepreneurial Movement

Join Startup Calgary for 54 hours and experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that come with startup life.  

Bring your interest, creativity, skills and energy, we'll supply the rest. This includes the creative space, access to the best in mentors, investors, co-founders and sponsors in Calgary's business and developer community. Plus, we'll feed you 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners - so you and your team can focus and have fun!

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Friday September 22nd

6:30 pm
Registration & Dinner
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:20 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday September 23rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 24th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Rogelio Ferreira
Technology Strategy & Innovation Manager at TELUS

 I have over 15 years of experience in technology working for an array of different companies from telecom (wireless networks & software development), to consumer electronics (mobile devices & platforms) and the aerospace industry (telecommunications). Currently managing the TELUS Innovation Centre in Calgary, where I have the pleasure to work with intrapreneur individuals from multiple different teams within TELUS on technology exploration, idea incubation, proof of concepts and prototyping. One of the aspects that excite me the most in this role is to connect with the local technology/startup community and understand current and future opportunities of collaboration with TELUS.”    

Jenn Fitzgerald
Digital Specialist

Versatile and user-focused communications professional with 10+ years of experience in the digital and software industry. Background in product design and online community building, with experience in agile development and project management in fast-paced and changing environments.
Actively building a supportive and inclusive technology community in Calgary through volunteer work with organizations such as NerdLab YYC & The Chic Geek.

Ray DePaul
Director, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University

I am an executive, an entrepreneur and an educator with a unique track record of successes that includes leading RapidMind through venture capital funding, growth, and ultimately an acquisition by Intel. I was also a key member of the incredible team that brought BlackBerry to the world. 

My focus now is enabling the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Specialties: Entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, fundraising, high tech marketing, product management, product development, startups, mentoring, social enterprises

James Thangaraj
Director, Strategic Partnerships at Innovate Calgary

Director, Strategic Partnerships at Innovate Calgary.   On the buy side, James identifies and addresses the innovation needs of industry partners. On the sell side, he accelerates growth stage start-ups with technologies that buy-side partners can use, integrate or commercialize. Before joining Innovate Calgary in September 2015, James gained over two decades of business consulting and economic development experience across Africa, Europe, North America and South Asia. He has worked in strategic, operational, client facing and revenue generating roles at organizations like the World Bank and General Electric, and repeatedly created measurable value for diverse clients.  

Simon Baines

Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Coaches and Mentors

Andrew Browne
Business Development at Pump Interactive, Co-founder & CEO at TikTiks

Andrew is a passionately curious and relentlessly motivated business leader and community builder. He is co-founder and current CEO of TikTiks, a mobile ticket marketplace where sports and entertainment fans can buy, sell, and distribute, tickets to their favourite events from their phone. He previously held the Business Development Manager position at Pump Interactive where he worked with a boutique development team to build powerful, high impact web apps and software for SMBs. Before that, he worked as the VP Operations and Development Director for Startup Calgary, where he is now voluntarily serving on the Board of Directors. While completing his BBA at Mount Royal University with a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Andrew ran a successful student painting franchise and held the Entrepreneur in Residence Position at the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MRU.

Brian Reimer

Alex Putici
Entrepreneur, CEO & Volunteer

My current pride sees me as founder of Work Nicer, a boutique coworking space in Calgary’s beltline that provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with a professional, creative, shared workspace that cares about our community. Work Nicer also puts 10% of our profits back into our city. We believe it’s up to all of us to build the city that we want to see.

I've founded 3 startups and absolutely love the process. Nothing makes me smile more than negotiations & sales. Some of my best work is done at the beginning of projects, where I excel at strategy, execution and ideation.

I am also to co-founder of 100 Men Who Give A Damn in Calgary. The goal of 100 Men is to support the amazing work our local charities do, in funds, exposure and awareness. 

The plan is simple: gather 100+ men in a room with three local charities, listen to their messages, vote for one, then each member writes a $100 cheque to that charity. 

Repeat quarterly.

To date we have raised almost $100,000 for local charities. 

Craig Elias
Canada’s #1 B2B Sales Expert | Entrepreneur-in-Residence | 10,000+ Endorsements for Sales, Marketing & Entrepreneurship

Twice chosen by LinkedIn as Canada's #1 B2B Sales Expert (#15 globally), Craig Elias is an award-winning entrepreneur, author and a sought-after business advisor. Craig’s first business went from initial launch to being funded by a Tier 1 US-based Venture Capital firm in less than 12 months and was twice named by Dow Jones as one of the 50 most promising companies in North America. Craig is LinkedIn user 3,956 of 600 million users and has been a National Growth Advisor for Goldman Sachs’ and Babson College’s 10,000 Small Business Program in Boston, is on the advisory board for (an artificial intelligence company started by a founder of Eloqua, which was sold to Oracle for $957 Million US) in Toronto and is a mentor for the GrowthX Academy in San Francisco.

Scott McKay

Highly motivated and versatile IT Analyst with 10+ years of supporting small to large scale technology solutions

Dominique Fraser

Conceptualized, designed and developed TeamFund’s proprietary fundraising SaaS platform. Constantly looking for technological and process-driven ways to improve user experience and drive maximum profits for sellers and vendors.

Stuart Kinnear
CEO & Co-founder at Interface Fluidics

Stuart Kinnear is the CEO and co-founder of Interface Fluidics, a technology-enabled laboratory services company based in Calgary and Edmonton that leverages nano-technolgy to help the oil and gas industry produce oil and gas more sustainably.  Stuart was a part of the first cohort of companies that participated in Techstars Energy in 2018 in Oslo in partnership with Equinor and has successfully raised more than $8MM from Canadian and International investors over the past 3 years.  When not working on Interface, he is focused on being a great dad for his 1 year old son, and spending time in the outdoors, photography, and woodworking.In my admittedly small amount of free time I'm a photographer, maker and adventure seeker.

My passion is making. That means I'm equally happy building a company, taking photos, building furniture, or creating dashboards in Tableau. I spend my time wondering how I can change the way people think about, or appreciate the world around them.

Thomas Battle
Co-founder & COO at Nobal Technologies

My passion in life and work is helping organizations, people, groups and causes get to the next step. I help accomplish this by creating organization when there is none, delivering successful projects and by truly understanding how communication leads to more effective organizations. I especially love doing this with startups. I love the challenging work, sense of urgency and the amazing people.

I am always looking to meet new people and build my network – please reach out to me if you would like to meet for a coffee. I am best reached at

Irfaan Premji

David Bocking
Technology Development Advisor, Alberta Innovates

An accomplished growth leader who delivers insight, innovation and impact across multiple industries. Skilled at creating enterprise value from new market entry, product development, technology adoption and business model innovation. Exceptional communicator, who quickly develops empathy for customer problems, creates solutions, distills complex scenarios into a strategic vision coupled with a corresponding business model to create, deliver and capture value.

Riley Kearl
Digital Brand Manager at The Stephdokin Digital Brand Agency

James Karg
Creative Director

I am an innovative, creative designer, entrepreneur and connector with a proven track record.
I have worked on 5 shipped titles that reached #1 on 7 sites including AOL, Yahoo and MSN.
I also designed key parts of multiple PC games that have been downloaded more then 20 million times since 2007.

Adrian Camara
Articling Student at McCarthy Tétrault

Corrine Grigoriu

Associate at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Johnny Tran

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Calgary is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Kari
  • Jenn
  • Chad
  • Royal


Mitchell Cuevas
Product @ Techstars

I've spent the last 5 years working for Startup Weekend, then UP Global, and now Techstars, helping in one way or another to build and support the world's largest starting place for entrepreneurs. Programs like Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, the Techstars Accelerator, and others, provide entrepreneurs programs at every step of their journey and reach over 150 countries. Before joining Startup Weekend, I helped start a social media focused Marketing agency and studied Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington, among other side projects. Check out my list covering #MarTech or say hey on whichever network suits you best!

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