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#1 - Funding Your Startup
Not sure how to go about funding your startup? Long story short - community and capital go hand-in-hand. During this episode, we will share tips and tricks to help you understand the various funding sources, when/how to approach investors & which local resources you need to tap into. Featured Speaker: Andrea Drager is Principal at Azure Capital Partners, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with over $750 million under management. Andrea is based in the Calgary office and is responsible for evaluating all of Azure’s Canadian investments and select consumer investments in the US. View Andrea Drager's slide deck here to learn more about: Terms & definitionsStartup Commons frameworkLinks to local grants, vouchers, loans & tax creditsAngel & Seed fundersVenture Capital firmsExamples: Zoom, a profitable unicorn, files to go publicDealBook Briefing: Everything you need to know about the Pinterest IPODatabases to list your startup, connect with investors and amplify funding announcements: Start AlbertaBetaKitCrunchbaseTechCrunchJoin 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
#7 VEERUM
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
#3 Calgary Incubator and Accelerator Programs (Part 1)
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 17, 2019Featured Speakers:Alice Reimer, Site Lead at Creative Destruction Lab RockiesNadir Khan, Manager of Programming and Sponsorships at District Ventures and IBM Innovation SpaceSam Begelfor, Director of New Ventures at The AcceleratorProgram Information: Creative Destruction Lab Rockies:The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is a seed-stage program for massively scalable, science and technology-based companies. The program employs an objectives-based mentoring process with the goal of maximizing equity-value creation.Interested in applying? Check out an upcoming information session: July 31 from 1-2 pm ESTAugust 1 from 11am-12pm ESTDeadline to apply: Aug 12, 2019 (Available to startups around the world)Email: cdl-rockies@creativedestructionlab.comDistrict Ventures and IBM Innovation Space:The District Ventures and IBM Innovation Space is not simply an accelerator – it is a platform for a smarter, more efficient and more entrepreneurial environment in Canada by enabling entrepreneurs at various stages of their business development to excel through exposure to clients, mentors, collaboration, and the use of powerful technologies such as IBM Cloud and Watson.Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Available to Canadian startups and international startups with or looking to create a Canadian subsidiary. Cohort V to start mid-late September 2019. Email: nadir@districtventures.ca The Accelerator: The Accelerator is a not-for-profit that helps early-stage tech startups prepare for investment by providing mentors, investor connections, workshops and more. The Accelerator’s team is run by entrepreneurs and key startup employees, so we know what it takes to win, and who. The Accelerator is a lean time commitment so you can focus on what's most important, your business. At the end of the five-month program, each startup gets the chance to pitch in front of 25+ accredited investors and the public. Deadline to apply: July 28, 2019. Available to all Canadian startups.Email: sam@theaccelerator.tech 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 2019Startup Calgary’s 10th annual Launch Party on November 12, 2019 will showcase the city’s most innovative startups during the city’s largest celebration of technology and innovation. Connect with Calgary’s top tech startups, Launch Party alumni and community leaders.
#6 Goodlawyer
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
#8 How to Amplify Your Startup Story Featuring BetaKit
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
#5 Calgary Incubator and Accelerator Programs (Part 3)
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.
#2 - Startup Story: Deepwater Farms
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 15, 2019Featured Startup: Paul Shumlich is the Founder & CEO at Deepwater Farms, which began as a project to learn where our food comes from. It quickly turned into a study on how to increase Calgary's access to fresh food year round and ensure local food security. Deepwater Farms operates a large aquaponic farm in Calgary, providing leafy greens to the top Canadian restaurants in the region and is leading the way in aquaponic technology.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
#9 How to tap into the global Techstars network
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
#4 Calgary Incubator and Accelerator Programs (Part 2)
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, 20
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Podcast Details
Started
Apr 30th, 2019
Latest Episode
Dec 2nd, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
9
Avg. Episode Length
33 minutes
Explicit
No

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