Startup Weekend – Solutions For Your City

    Friday, August 22 - 24, 2014

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend – Solutions For Your City

Friday, August 22 - 24, 2014

Friday, August 22 - 24, 2014
Event starts at 4:00 pm

The City of Calgary Municipal Building Atrium
800 Macleod Trail S.E.
Calgary, AB

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Startup Weekend – Solutions For Your City

Join us for the next edition of Startup Weekend where you will be creating innovative solutions using open data provided by The City of Calgary. Your goal is to identify opportunities to build tools or services that would improve service delivery and/or enhance the daily lives of Calgarians.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with more than 8,000 startups created in over 100 countries around the world. 

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation resulting in a minimum viable product (MVP). 

The weekend culminates with presentations in front of a mix of local entrepreneurial leaders and City of Calgary representatives where the top three teams are awarded prizes in addition to bragging rights and media coverage.

First Prize
  • All-inclusive management leadership retreat sponsored by The Banff Centre
  • Participation for two team members in Calgary NEXT (a 5-week pre-accelerator program developed by UP Global, TechStars, and Google for Entrepreneurs) sponsored by Startup Calgary and Innovate Calgary.
  • Two spots in the Innovator's Toolkit program sponsored by Innovate Calgary
Second Prize
  • One desk space at The Inc Co-working Space sponsored by Innovate Calgary
  • Two spots in the Innovator's Toolkit program sponsored by Innovate Calgary
Third Prize
Additionally, all teams will receive:
  • Free .CO domain name for 12 months.
  • Free cloud-based compute and storage resources for one year sponsored by CANARIE and Startup Calgary.
Whether you start a company, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, you're guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life! 

*Students: Use code "STUDENT" and pay just $49. You will be required to show your Student ID at the door.
**All participants are excepted to be over the age of 18
 ***The will be NO REFUNDS granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. 

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Friday August 22nd

4:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Get to know fellow participants

5:30 pm
Welcome, Dinner & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:10 pm
Half Baked

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Pitch your idea in 60 secs

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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 August 23rd

9:00 am
Breakfast & Learn
Arrive, enjoy breakfast and coffee, and learn all about customer validation from our keynote speaker.

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:00 am
Coach Meetings (11am to 2pm)
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help! Teams will be able to signup ahead of time.

12:00 pm

6:30 pm
Dinner & Learn
Enjoy dinner and learn all about perfecting your pitch from our keynote speaker.

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 August 24th

9:00 am
Arrive, enjoy breakfast and coffee.

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

11:00 am
Coach Meetings (11am to 2pm)
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS. Teams will be able to signup ahead of time.

12:00 pm

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!


Kevin Crowe
Founder, Give A Mile

Kevin Crowe is the founder of Give A Mile, a platform that enables people to visit terminally ill friends and family through crowdfunding of flights via micro-donations of travel points. Give A Mile was founded during Startup Weekend Calgary in 2013 and since then they have crowdsourced a million travel miles and made several flights happen.

Jason Innes
Partner, Uncommon Innovation

Uncommon Innovation provides advice and guidance on product marketing and product management for technology-focused organization. Jason has extensive experience in product management and will be walking participants through the Business Model Canvas, which provides the foundation for building a startup.

Sandor Kiss
Founder, TeamThink

Sandor has over 15 years experience executing traditional and digital marketing campaigns. With that comes a strong understanding of audience and customer validation. Sandor will walk participants through how to segment their market and then validate those segments in a hands-on workshop-style talk.

Christian MacLean
Co-founder and CEO, BeauCoo

Christian is a pitching guru. In 2013, he won first place in the Final Startup Smackdown at GROW Conference, where he competed against over 100 startups in a high-intensity 1-minute pitch. Christian has extensive experience pitching to investors, talking to media and telling stories and he’ll be sharing tips and advice with Startup Weekend participants.

Event Judges

Kevin Swan
Partner, iNovia Capital

iNovia Capital is a venture capital firm with $275 million under management across three seed and early-stage funds. As a partner, Kevin is a key part of the investment decision-making team. iNovia’s investment focus lies in Digital Media, SaaS and Communications. Prominent investments include: AppDirect, Basis Science, Beyond the Rack, CoolIT Systems, Lightspeed, Luxury Retreats and Top Hat.

Sandi Gilbert
Founder and CEO, SeedUps Canada

Sandi is a strategic, visionary entrepreneur with experience building companies with effective operating principles and proven marketing techniques. In 2013, she launched SeedUps Canada, a crowdfund investing platform that supports direct equity investments from ordinary investors into privately held companies seeking between $250,000 and $2 million in capital.

Coaches and Mentors

Shawn Wilson
Co-founder and CEO, Muzooka

Shawn has started and run multiple companies and his current brainchild, is Muzooka, a social music streaming app. Muzooka recently raised $3M in Series A financing to expand. If you’re looking for insight and advice from a guy who’s “been there and done that,” you need to talk to Shawn. He’ll provide first-hand experience on customer validation and viable business models.

Eric Kryski
Engineer, KISSmetrics & Co-founder, Pensio

Eric Kryski is a software engineer at Silicon Valley-based KISSmetrics, and co-founder of Pensio. He has been building things for the web since 2010 and in addition to starting his own companies and running YYCjs, has been involved with prominent Calgary startups such as Calgary Scientific and PetroFeed. Execution/prototype is 25% of the judging criteria and Eric can provide valuable guidance for the technical folks on your team.

Laurie Desautels
Director, Technology Advisory Group, PWC

Laurie is an experienced technology consultant who’s been rolling out enterprise technology strategies and solutions for over 30 years. She’s worked in a variety of industries, including: Energy, Transportation, Education, the Public Sector and Financial Services. Laurie’s background gives her keen insight to evaluate viable business models.

Walter Simbirski
Open Data Strategist, City of Calgary

As the Open Data Strategist at the City of Calgary, Walter knows the ins and outs of the city's datasets and how you can access that information. Previously, he was an intellectual property analyst, so if you have questions around IP, he’s your guy!

Tegan Watson
Product Strategist, Uncommon Innovation

As a product strategist at Uncommon Innovation, Tegan works very closely with early-stage startups, especially during the ideation stage. She specializes in customer validation and is highly experienced in developing interview questions, conducting phone interviews and analyzing results.

Carolyn Martin
Founder and President, Sponsor Energy

Carolyn started Sponsor Energy, a company that allows homes and businesses to use their power for good based on monthly energy usage. Carolyn is passionate about social entrepreneurship and when it comes to creating solutions that service our citizens, Carolyn understands first-hand what it takes to craft a story around that.

Anette Ceraficki
Founder, Confab

Anette was a previous participant at Startup Weekend and her pitch and startup, Confab, took first place. She went on to pitch at another tech conference and won $25,000. Anette understands what makes a compelling story and her strong experience with Startup Weekend means she knows what points you’ll need to hit.

Derek Rucki
Co-founder and CEO, TLink Golf

Derek's startup, TLink, is making big waves in the golf technology space generating over $2M in revenue in the first two years. Derek has first-hand experience crafting a winning pitch having previously won title of Canada’s top student entrepreneur and more than 5 other local pitch competitions. Not including placing second in a previous startup weekend where he learned what judging criteria to keep in mind. 

Derek is also a partner in a software development services company, Bridgewater Labs, where he helps operate a team of 35 developers building new products for North American startups. This gives him consistent experience at getting exposed to early ideas, learning how to best develop an MVP for the idea, solve critical problems in the business, and how to present it in an succinct fashion to investors. 

Kory Arsenault
Founder and CEO, eSchedule

Kory has been working on eSchedule for almost 10 years and in that time, he has not only developed the eSchedule platform himself, he’s also pitched hundreds of times to investors, clients and business partners. If you’re looking for insight from an experienced entrepreneur and tech exper, Kory is the guy to talk to.

Colin Holowaychuk
Founder, Merchee

A past participant and supporter of Startup Weekend, Colin has multiple startups under his belt. He has a strong understanding of the judging criteria and the main points that you need to hit to wow the judges.

Devesh Dwivedi
Founder, Idea2Inception

Devesh has been involved with Startup Weekend since it first came to Calgary and has multiple businesses under his belt. In addition to his consulting practice, Idea2Inception, he is also the founder of Sashfer, a Peer2Peer micro-money transfer app. Devesh specializes in small business strategy and will add keen insight to your business model canvas.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend – Solutions For Your City team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Signature Sponsors

Founded in 2010, Startup Calgary is an entrepreneur-led, volunteer-driven grassroots movement with the mission to activate startups, connect founders and grow the local startup ecosystem.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Kylie
  • Camille
  • Lloyed
  • Devesh


Kylie Woods
Founder, Chic Geek

Kylie is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and community building. She’s the founder of Chic Geek, a Calgary-based non-profit building community for women at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship. Through its mentorship program, technical workshops, speaker and networking events, Chic Geek helps women build their confidence learning new technology skills and profiles more women as leaders in the space. Ultimately, Chic Geek is working to increase diversity in technology.  Kylie was named Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine and has been profiled in Metro News as one of "Calgary Heroes." She has also been recognized as a "Need to Know" in Alberta Venture and profiled by the Mount Royal University Summit Magazine in their feature on Women in STEM. In 2016, Kylie represented Alberta in the prestigious International Visitors Leadership Program hosted by the US Department of State and was a voice for women in STEM on an international stage.

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