Mentorship is an important part of the Junction program. For this Fall’s Junction cohort, the startup founders will be receiving invaluable mentorship from an expanded team of Community Advisors - a group of Calgary entrepreneurs and innovators who have the knowledge and experience to help guide our founders. This week’s feature is Scott Pickard!
Scott’s introduction to Calgary’s tech and innovation ecosystem happened around fifteen years ago, while working on one of his first startups. Scott was looking for collaboration and mentorship to help get his businesses started — a place to get answers to the many questions that come with first-time entrepreneurship. He came across Innovate Calgary, which Platform Calgary spun-off from, and benefited from the advisors and peer supports that were available.
Things have come full circle, and Scott is now a Community Advisor for Junction, as well as the Executive Advisor for Platform’s CEO Roundtable.
On top of that, Scott is the CEO of the software company Business Infusions, where he oversees all the moving parts involved in both the day to day running, and long term planning of the business.
As a mentor, Scott works with new founders to answer their questions, give advice and make connections — hoping to offer that same guidance he received when he was getting started. By sharing his experience, founders can learn from both his success and things he’s learned along the way.
“There’s a lot of the same issues that happen over and over again. If you can save [a founder] time, money and effort, that’s a huge win for everybody,” he says.
More so, he believes Calgary is well positioned to continue growing its tech and innovation ecosystem in the coming years.
“Calgary has a lot to offer. There’s a lot of opportunity here and we have a lot of great people wanting to help, which is going to set us up for the future.”
Scott says greater access to funding and financing, as well as guidance from people with mid to senior-level experience will elevate the ecosystem as a whole.
“There’s some phenomenal talent here in Calgary and you see more money coming into the market all the time,” he says. “There’s a unicorn or two waiting to be found.”
In his free time, Scott is likely to be found either outdoors hiking or skiing, or coaching one of his kids sports teams.
Scott’s advice for early stage companies: Know your path to revenue. Start with that and the business will come.Back