Startup Weekend Calgary

    Friday, October 26 - 28, 2018

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Startup Weekend Calgary

Friday, October 26 - 28, 2018

Friday, October 26 - 28, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

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

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Learn how to launch a startup... over the course of a weekend!

Join us for a fun-filled, hands-on, educational experience that will enable you to build, validate and launch your tech startup idea over the course of a weekend. Whether you're a hacker (developer), hustler (business/sales) or hipster (designer), there is something for you!On the first evening, you'll either pitch or join a team around the top ideas. Throughout the course of the weekend, you'll work with your teams and coaches to validate and develop a prototype. You'll present your final product on Sunday evening for a panel of judges and fun startup awards.

Why attend? Here's what you'll get out of it:

  1. Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning by doing, whether you’re learning a new skill or a new way of thinking. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.
  2. Co-Founder Dating: The people who come to Startup Weekend are serious about learning how to build and launch startups. Create relationships that last long past the weekend.
  3. Have Fun: During the weekend you’ll be working alongside awesome people who share your ideas. Startup Weekend is meant to be fun and entertaining, so enjoy it.
  4. Solve Local Problems with your Ideas: Do you think that one of your ideas can change your town or have a positive impact in your group of people? Bring your idea notebook with you and start making a positive change in your local community.
  5. Build Your Network: Startup Weekend works hard to recruit high quality, driven entrepreneurs- like you!
  6. Learn New Skills: With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language or give marketing a try. With nothing to lose, there’s no reason not to step outside your comfort zone.
  7. Learn How to Launch a Business (and Actually Do It!): Startup Weekend is the epitome of Lean Startup Methodology. 
  8. Mentorship: Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends and give feedback to participants. Interact with the movers and shakers in your community.
  9. Get Access to Valuable Startup Resources: By participating in Startup Weekend, you are given instant access to great products and tools. No one leaves a Startup Weekend empty handed! 
  10. Save Money: Startup Weekends are affordable (typically $99, we charge $75 and $45 for students). Your ticket includes 7  meals, snacks, and beverages throughout the weekend!

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Friday October 26th

6:00 pm
Registration, Dinner & Networking
Check in, grab some food and meet fellow participants!

6:30 pm
Welcome & Keynote
Review the agenda for the weekend, play a couple ice breakers, and get ready to pitch.

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
If you have an idea, line up to give your pitch!

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

9:00 pm
Vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Form teams, discuss ideas, and setup workspaces. The venue closes at 11pm.

10:00 pm
Finish for the day. All teams must be out of the building by 11pm.

Saturday October 27th

9:00 am
Breakfast & Check-in
Arrive, grab coffee, and eat a continental breakfast. We will have a group check-in shortly after 9am.

9:45 am
Get to Work
Leverage tools such as the Business Model Canvas to help you get started.

12:00 pm
Lunch & Check-in
After lunch, do group check-ins, status reports, and calls for help.

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Three coaches are available to help teams until 4pm

4:00 pm
Happy Hour & Coach Meetings
Take a break! Grab a drink and have a snack before dinner. Two coaches are available to help teams until 7pm.

6:30 pm

10:00 pm
Finish for the day. All teams must be out of the building by 11pm.

Sunday October 28th

9:00 am
Breakfast & Group Check-in
Arrive, grab coffee, and eat a continental breakfast before you get to work. Review goals for the day, judging criteria and ask questions.

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
Pitch Coaching
You will be assigned to a 20 minute pitch coaching session sometime between 2-3:30pm. Please go to tech check immediately after you coaching session.

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation. Pitch coaches will be available to help you practice. A tech-check for final presentations takes place until 4pm.

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm
Wrap-Up & Group Photo

9:00 pm
Head Home or Join us for a Drink!
Venue will be announced after award presentation.

Event Judges

Erik Allan
ACE Program Director, Tundra Process Solutions

Erik has a degree from the University of Calgary in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development, and currently serving as Directory of the Tundra ACE Program - A technology accelerator that helps entrepreneurs with disruptive technologies gain access to market. The program provides entrepreneurs with equity financing, loads of resources, and a team of 35 full time sales professionals to help accelerate market penetration and create jobs in Alberta. Erik has been involved in over a dozen startups over the past 12 years, and firmly believes that entrepreneurs should just get out there and try their ideas! One of Erik's proudest entrepreneurial achievements is co-founding an eCommerce business that leverages his passion for martial arts. It's a Martial Arts Lifestyle Company called Budo Brothers that designs & manufactures training gear as well as unique apparel that's been coined "urban wear with a martial flare." The company was originally started three years ago out of his condo and has since gone onto sell product all over the world. Budo Brothers also donates 10% of their profits to a registered nonprofit that is run by Erik and his team called the Budo Youth Fund. The nonprofit provides martial art grant funding for underprivileged youth across North America. To date, the cause has provided grant funding to 44 kids that might otherwise get a chance to enroll in martial arts. Service, creativity, and inspiring others are the forces that drive Erik to continue pushing his limits on a daily basis.

Hannah Cree
Social Strategist & Community Connector

Hannah Cree is a connector; she is a sieve for information for all things Social Entrepreneurship & Social Impact. She is leading the social entrepreneurship strategy at ATB through providing workshops, online education & social entrepreneur strategy sessions.   Hannah is also the co-founder of CMNGD (COMMONGOOD), a social impact linen business tailored to the hospitality industry providing transitional employment to people facing poverty and homelessness.  Hannah is active in the entrepreneurial ecosystem by supporting community initiatives like ATB X Accelerator, Fuse 33 Makerspace, Work Nicer and Startup Calgary.    

Peter Fenwick
Corporate Development, Advisor & Board Director

Peter Fenwick is a known health system agitator in Alberta and across Canada. His innovative mind has helped create and build companies that challenge and improve upon Canada’s social safety net through business model redesign and decision support platforms. Health tech entrepreneur and intra-preneur Pete is an Alberta A100 member, Fellow of the Calgary Innovation Coalition, and on business school faculty at Ambrose University. Pete holds an MBA from Kellogg-Schulich program. Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s. He is trained by the Institute of Corporate Directors and a Certified Heath Executive from the Canadian College of Heath Leaders. 

Kirstie Boyle
Director, Market Development at Interface Fluidics

Kirstie Boyle is a technology executive focused on leveraging new technologies to solve significant problems in the global energy industry.  As the Director of Market Development for Interface Fluidics, a high-growth startup, she leads sales and marketing. Her background is in technology commercialization, having helped many companies successfully position their product offerings to meet the needs of their respective markets. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and an MBA in Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development from the University of Calgary. Kirstie is a leader in the community and is passionate about growing the innovation ecosystem.  She sits on several Boards, including the TELUS Spark, and mentors entrepreneurs.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Laurie Gloge
Project Manager - Web Developer

Laurie has been a consultant in process and strategy and has always encouraged entrepreneurs to find their mojo in their purpose and follow their dreams.    Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, with both kids now in the Silicon Valley/Silicon Beach ecosystem, she is a SWYYC keener and has participated in more than 4 events, locally or in the US while visiting her kids.    After working with many great developers, designers, and business leaders on applications, websites, games and cultural events, she put her consulting projects on hold to learn Ruby and Node.js and has built her own web applications from idea to production.   Have a question about Lean Canvas, what to expect this weekend, starting a business, finding a developer, exploring a business model, she is the go to.  

David Yiptong
Entrepreneur Advisor at Calgary Technologies Inc.

As an Advisor for the Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development team, David provides early stage entrepreneurs with coaching and mentoring, leveraging his technical and industry background to help them advance their opportunities.   David has over 10 years of combined experience in sales, product development and design. He has worked in industries ranging from air compressors, optical disc manufacturing, optical and wireless networking. 

James Sprenger
Lead Researcher at Mensch Customer Strategy

What does ice cream do? Consider this question. People buy ice cream for a reason. It is a comfort food. Ice cream can give happiness to a little girl, a guiltless pleasure after a runner’s long workout or the non-judgemental understanding for a jilted lover.   James is the lead researcher at his company Mensch. The Mensch framework provides businesses a clear understanding of why customers choose products and services. This framework takes an approach that customers don’t actually want to buy products, but rather solve their problem. Through a better understanding what customers are thinking and feeling at the moment they are making a choice, Mensch uncovers customer insights that create relevant value for new and existing products.   For the past 12 years James was a faculty member In SAIT’s school of business, active in building and teaching curriculum in new product development, digital marketing, go-to-market strategy and marketing research. His research work focuses on late adoption technology purchase behaviour, change behaviour and social network analysis and micro-learning tools. 

Roger Kingkade
Founder, Offcourse Golf

Offcourse Golf is a mobile application company serving the global golf industry. Whether it's a golfer looking for a convenient and free statistic and handicap tracking application or a golf club looking to enhance its customer experience and marketing capability, Offcourse Golf is the premier mobile solution. 

Organizing Team

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Jenn Delconte
Community Manager @ Startup Calgary

Kari Gordon
Executive Director Startup Calgary

Executive Director, Startup Calgary

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