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All Programs & Events

What’s happening on the Calgary entrepreneurial startup scene

Platform Calgary programs are offered throughout the year and require an application or registration to participate. Read about our programs and find one to support where you are in your entrepreneurial journey.

We are also proud to promote and offer events we feel benefit the startup community. Some are hosted by Platform Calgary and many are offered through our friends in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. If you have an event you would like to see posted here, SUBMIT YOUR EVENT!

Note: All submitted events are subject to approval, please allow 1-2 business days.

Upcoming Events

Nominations are open for Launch Party 2019

August 19-September 27, 2019

Location: Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

Startup Calgary’s 10th annual Launch Party will showcase the city’s most innovative startups on Tuesday, November 12 at The Big Four, Stampede Park.

Community is key. Calgary’s tech startups need your support to get the exposure they need to take their companies to the next level.   

Nominate a company by Fri, Sept 27 at 4pm MST. Join the community to be notified when tickets go on sale!

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BEAKERHEAD

September 18-21, 2019

Location: Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

Beakerhead’s workshops and shows will be hosted throughout Calgary from September 18-20, culminating in one night of immersive, interactive, delightful madness on September 21 at Prince’s Island Park!

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Introduction to Business Continuity with Datto and Claritech

September 20, 2019

Location: ARTC - Boardroom 2/3 | 3553 31 Street, NW
Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am

These days, it’s not a matter of if your business will experience downtime, but when.

Imagine your servers crashing during the busiest season of the year. Do you have a plan to get back up and running in minutes? Your safest bet is to plan for the worst by having a business continuity and disaster recovery plan in place.

Attend our free breakfast presentation.

Learn how Claritech Solutions uses Datto to keep our clients' businesses up and running.

Hosted by Anduro Marketing.

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Falling Walls Lab UCalgary Semi-Finals Pitch Event

September 21, 2019

Location: Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking | 402 Collegiate Boulevard Northwest Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Time: 10AM-4:30PM

Falling Walls Lab is an international forum to showcase the next generation of outstanding innovators and creative thinkers.

The finalists will present their idea in 3 minutes to a distinguished jury of experts from academia, industry, research organizations, government and the media. The judges will select finalists to represent the University of Calgary at the Falling Walls Lab in Berlin, Germany on November 8th and 9th, 2019.

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Business Model Canvas 301

September 23, 2019

Location: Terrace View Room - Global Business Centre 5th Floor - 120 8 Ave SE Calgary, AB T2G 0K6
Time: 5:30-9PM

BMC301

Learn how to validate your assumptions to land your first paying customer

During this 3.5 hour deep-dive workshop, you’ll further your understanding of the customer discovery process and answer tough questions such as:

  • Is the problem worth solving?
  • Does the solution create real value for potential customers?
  • What to include and how to test, your Minimum Viable Product (MVP)?

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Startup Drinks & Pitches

September 25, 2019

Location: Last Best Brewing & Distilling | 607 11 Avenue Southwest Calgary, AB T2R 0E1
Time: 6-9PM

Come and practice your pitch to a group of fellow entrepreneurs, innovators and community members in a casual, no pressure setting. Whether you are looking for a technical co-founder or just want to share your idea, join Startup Calgary for Startup Drinks & Pitches.

This is a casual environment for entrepreneurs at all stages to practice talking about their ideas and seek support from the community.

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Rainforest Alberta Summit

September 26, 2019

Location: Calgary
Time: 9am - 5pm

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Summit #6 will be taking a look at the new scorecard results, with regional context presented in partnership with the Calgary Innovation Coalition. Together, we will build community-led activations from its data.

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LIVE Mount Royal Presents: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

September 27-28, 2019

Location: Mount Royal University | Riddell Library, Ideas Lounge
Time: N/A

The Mount Royal AI + ML workshop is dedicated to advancing the understanding and implementation of AI + Machine Learning by bringing together leading experts from academia and industry.

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321 Growth Academy: Lean Sales

October 2-December 5, 2019

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 Street NW
Time: 9AM-1PM

Lean Sales is our hands-on, deep-dive course for B2B founders (and their team members). In 9 half-day sessions, you’ll learn everything you need to know – from prospecting through closing – all while applying what you learn in your business in real-time. If now is the time for your company to dive deeper into sales, build a winning process, get the team aligned to execute, and drive to results, then Lean Sales is the program for you.

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Banff Venture Forum Entrepreneur Bootcamp

October 2, 2019

Location: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Time: 1-8PM

The FREE BVF Entrepreneur Bootcamp includes a half-day of immersive training and interactive sessions, with delegates getting the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the start-up community. The program focuses on:

  • The Fundamentals of Raising Capital
  • Attracting Cash from Investors
  • Leveraging Federal Funding
  • Forecasting the Latest Investment Trends
  • Learning What It Takes to be Fundable

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Natural Resources Summit

October 2, 2019

Location: The Westin Calgary | 4 Ave, SW
Time: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

A half-day event discussing all aspects of Canada’s natural resource sector, predictions for the future, and environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. We can meet the United Nations Sustainable Development goals and lead the world in both natural resources development AND reducing global emissions.

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DISCOVER

October 2, 2019

Location: 429 8 Ave SE
Time: 6-9PM

Build something people want!

Discover is designed to help you, as an entrepreneur, validate the problem you are trying to solve through customer discovery. Customer discovery is an essential component at the early stages of a startup; understanding your customer's pain will help you deliver a solution that customers actually want.

This course will teach you who an early adopter is, what they look and behave like, evaluate if the problem is big enough to solve, and how to talk to potential customers without talking about your solution.

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Banff Venture Forum

October 3-4, 2019

Location: Fairmont Banff Springs
Time: 8AM-5PM

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The New Technology Economy Happens in Banff

As Canada's leading premier company financing event, the Banff Venture Forum will showcase over 40 of North America's hottest hi-tech companies across three streams: Information Technology, Sustainable Technology, & Health Technology. Reserve your spot today and don't miss the opportunity to network with over 325 key players in the Tech Entrepreneur, VC & Corporate Investment communities.

Register Here!

Business Model Canvas 101

October 7, 2019

Location: Terrace View Room - Global Business Centre 5th Floor - 120 8 Ave SE Calgary, AB T2G 0K6
Time: 5:30-9PM

BMC101

Have a scalable business idea but don't know where to start?

Join us for this introductory workshop that provides a general overview of the Business Model Canvas (BMC), originally proposed by Alexander Osterwalder. Our facilitators will guide you through each section of the BMC and will provide relevant examples as well as answer questions along the way. You'll walk away with a further understanding of how to use the BMC as well as a draft copy for your own idea.

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321 Growth Academy: Growth Marketing

October 9-December 10, 2019

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 Street NW
Time: 9AM-1PM

Growth Marketing is a deep dive into the key concepts of marketing and the application of this knowledge to help grow your business. Growth Marketing is an intensive, 9-session program, that guides you in building and implementing the marketing fundamentals (brand, messaging, positioning) so you can quickly and cost-effectively execute. You’ll also learn how to plan and execute winning campaigns of all types, and how to create effective marketing collateral. And then you’ll put that knowledge to work in planning a campaign.

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Ladies Learning Code: Meetup

October 10, 2019

Location: The Inc | 3553 31 St NW
Time: 7-9PM

Join Ladies Learning Code for this Meet-up!

These Meet-Ups are informal events to get together and code in a fun, social and collaborative environment. If you love Ladies Learning Code workshops you'll enjoy connecting with others from the Ladies Learning Code community of learners and mentors. Similarly to these workshops, mentors will be available to help you with your projects but the real benefit of these meet-ups is to connect with other learners and work through solving problems together!

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2020 Economic Outlook

October 16, 2019

Location: Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, 120 9 Avenue SE
Time: 10:15AM-1:30PM

Calgary Economic Development's annual signature event is your opportunity to meet with local leaders and to hear experts discuss current and future economic trends and forecasts for Calgary, Alberta and the nation.

Agenda

10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Networking
11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Program

Early bird registration is now open until August 16, 2019 at 11:30 p.m.

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Small Business Week Calgary #SBWYYC

October 21-25, 2019

Location: Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

Happening in the third week of October (October 21 – 25), Small Business Week Calgary is the largest celebration of small businesses across Canada. This week encompasses city wide events, workshops, and keynote speakers with the flagship event of the week being the Calgary Small Business Week Expo.

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Business Model Canvas 201

October 21, 2019

Location: Terrace View Room - Global Business Centre - 5th Floor - 120 8 Ave SE - Calgary, AB T2G 0K6
Time: 5:30-9PM

BMC201

Learn how to create value for your customer

Join us for an introductory workshop that builds on the value proposition section of the Business Model Canvas by exploring the Value Proposition Canvas (VPC). Our facilitators will guide you through each section of the VPC and will provide relevant examples as well as answer questions along the way. You'll walk away with a further understanding of how to use the VPC to further develop your business idea and create value for your customers.

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Geeky Summit 2019

October 22, 2019

Location: Calgary
Time: N/A

Geeky Summit is the largest celebration of the tech community in Alberta. We are where tech-enabled folks, companies, and the community collide. We aim to educate and retain talent in the industry by spotlighting inspirational journeys and focusing on opportunities for professional and personal growth. Geeky Summit is a culmination of real-world stories, skill based workshops, and career defining networking opportunities.

Every year Geeky Summit takes on a different theme to curate content and conversations. The theme for 2019 is Thrive Together.

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Evening with the Entrepreneurs

October 22, 2019

Location: Studio Bell National Music Centre 850 - 4 St SE Calgary, AB T2G 0L8
Time: 5:30-8:30PM

Small Business Week Calgary ~ Celebrating Entrepreneurs

Small Business Week Calgary kicks off on October 21st, 2019, celebrating the contributions small and mid size businesses make to Calgary’s local economy.

McLeod Law is pleased to host this year’s ‘Evening with the Entrepreneurs,’ a marquee event of Small Business Week Calgary, highlighting local success story Scott Gravelle, CEO/CTO and co-founder of ATTAbotics INC.

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2019 Small Business Calgary Expo

October 24, 2019

Location: BMO Centre - Hall A
Time: 10AM-4PM

Amazing things happen when entrepreneurs get together, and that's what Small Business Week is all about. The crown jewel of the entire week is the Small Business Calgary Expo.

Featuring a dazzling exhibition of local businesses, phenomenal keynote speakers, and business information sessions, this event is Alberta’s biggest B2B expo.

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Small Business Calgary Awards Gala

October 25, 2019

Location: Westin Calgary
Time: 5-9PM

As the sun sets, Calgary Chamber is rolling out the red carpet for the Small Business Calgary Awards Gala. This night is Canada’s biggest celebration of small business. It’s also where you find out who’s taking home the hardware for the 2019 SBWYYC Awards!

The evening will kick off with a reception (cash bar available) where you can network with the finalists and local business leaders, followed by a four-course plated dinner, entertainment, and the Awards presentation itself. 

Bring your team, get dressed up, and get ready to celebrate the entrepreneurs of Calgary and all the amazing work they do.

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Business Model Canvas 301

October 28, 2019

Location: Terrace View Room - Global Business Centre 5th Floor - 120 8 Ave SE Calgary, AB T2G 0K6
Time: 5:30-9PM

BMC301

Learn how to validate your assumptions to land your first paying customer

During this 3.5 hour deep-dive workshop, you’ll further your understanding of the customer discovery process and answer tough questions such as:

  • Is the problem worth solving?
  • Does the solution create real value for potential customers?
  • What to include and how to test, your Minimum Viable Product (MVP)?

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SFF x SWITCH 2019 - Alberta Trade and Investment Attraction Mission to Signapore

November 11-15, 2019

Location: Signapore
Time: N/A

The government of Alberta is focused on attracting investment to the province, building international partnerships, showcasing our talents around the globe, and helping Alberta companies access international markets.  To that end, the Asia Pacific branch organizes and leads trade missions aimed at facilitating export development and investment attraction from targeted international markets. 

Join us in Singapore the week of November 11-15, 2019 to participate in SFF x SWITCH  – the Singapore FinTech Festival  (SFF) and the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH). 

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Save the Date: Startup Calgary's Launch Party Year 10

November 12, 2019

Location: The Big Four, Stampede Park
Time: 6-9PM

Showcasing Calgary’s most innovative startups!

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Innovation Week

November 12-16, 2019

Location: Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

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What is Innovation Week?

Experience Calgary’s thriving innovation community! Innovation Week will showcase those who are bridging the gap between ideas and impact. Get an inside look into the individuals, community groups, and companies that are shaping and transforming our city.

Join Startup Calgary for their 2nd annual Innovation Week to connect with and learn from those who are thinking big and diversifying Calgary’s economy.

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321 Growth Academy: Sales Kickstarter

November 13, 2019

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 Street NW
Time: 9AM-1PM

Sales Kickstarter is a half-day course on B2B sales for startups and scale-ups and lead you through development of an action plan to move you forward.

If you’re early stage (pre-revenue), have limited time right now, or aren’t yet convinced sales is priority #1, our Sales Kickstarter is a knowledge-packed day to jump start your sales.

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"Ask Me Anything" with 321 Growth Academy

November 14, 2019

Location: 429 8 AVE SE
Time: 5-7PM

Everybody has to grow. Find the right path for you!

  • Want to accelerate sales and need revenue to extend your runway? Have to ramp up sales to attract investors?
  • Want better results from your marketing efforts and spend? Need to improve how your marketing helps drive revenue?
  • How do you find and recruit top talent? How do you create a culture where people work together to meet your moonshot?

Join Carey Houston and Jana Taylor, with 321 Growth Academy, and get answers to your burning questions regarding Sales, Marketing and People.

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321 Growth Academy: Marketing Kickstarter

November 15, 2019

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 Street NW
Time: 9AM-1PM

Marketing Kickstarter is a half-day crash course in growth marketing for business and technical founders in both scale-ups and startups. You’ll assess where you’re at, identify your key gaps, and develop a high-level action plan of how to move forward.

If you’re early stage (pre-revenue), have limited time right now, or aren’t yet convinced marketing is priority #1, our Marketing Kickstarter is a knowledge-packed day to jump start your marketing ROI.

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Upcoming Events

321 Growth Academy: Marketing Kickstarter

November 15, 2019

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 Street NW
Time: 9AM-1PM

Marketing Kickstarter is a half-day crash course in growth marketing for business and technical founders in both scale-ups and startups. You’ll assess where you’re at, identify your key gaps, and develop a high-level action plan of how to move forward.

If you’re early stage (pre-revenue), have limited time right now, or aren’t yet convinced marketing is priority #1, our Marketing Kickstarter is a knowledge-packed day to jump start your marketing ROI.

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"Ask Me Anything" with 321 Growth Academy

November 14, 2019

Location: 429 8 AVE SE
Time: 5-7PM

Everybody has to grow. Find the right path for you!

  • Want to accelerate sales and need revenue to extend your runway? Have to ramp up sales to attract investors?
  • Want better results from your marketing efforts and spend? Need to improve how your marketing helps drive revenue?
  • How do you find and recruit top talent? How do you create a culture where people work together to meet your moonshot?

Join Carey Houston and Jana Taylor, with 321 Growth Academy, and get answers to your burning questions regarding Sales, Marketing and People.

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321 Growth Academy: Sales Kickstarter

November 13, 2019

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 Street NW
Time: 9AM-1PM

Sales Kickstarter is a half-day course on B2B sales for startups and scale-ups and lead you through development of an action plan to move you forward.

If you’re early stage (pre-revenue), have limited time right now, or aren’t yet convinced sales is priority #1, our Sales Kickstarter is a knowledge-packed day to jump start your sales.

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Past Events

Energy Disruptors Unite 2019

September 17-18, 2019

Location: THE BIG FOUR, 1801 Big Four Trail Southeast, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1, Canada
Time: 9AM-5PM

The UNITE summit provides insight into our global energy future and boldly addresses the opportunities and challenges presented by game-changing technologies, global trends, disruptive innovations, and cross-industry collaborations. The inspirational content is uniquely presented in the form of: 

  • Talks - Succinct and entertaining presentations by global thought leaders 
  • Interviews - Fireside discussions with top executives and industry leaders 
  • Panels - Honest and open panel discussions on pressing issues and compelling topics 
  • The Hive - Gather for relaxed and informal discussions while enjoying food, drink and the delights of our Partners' innovation 
  • VIP lounge - Network  with VIPs, sponsors, and speakers in the Maverick Lounge then dive deeper into main stage content by participating in intimate break out sessions with our world-class headliners
  • VIP dinners - Enjoy informal discussions over dinner with VIPs, sponsors, prominent Calgarians, and summit speakers

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AB Female Founders, Funders and Fortifiers Breakfast

September 17, 2019

Location: MobSquad Office - Edison Building 21st floor - 150 – 9th Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2P 1B4
Time: 8-10AM

The ABF4 Breakfast is back!

Connect with Alberta Female Founders, Funders and Fortifiers.

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Business Model Canvas 201

September 16, 2019

Location: Terrace View Room - Global Business Centre - 5th Floor - 120 8 Ave SE - Calgary, AB T2G 0K6
Time: 5:30-9PM

BMC201

Learn how to create value for your customer

Join us for an introductory workshop that builds on the value proposition section of the Business Model Canvas by exploring the Value Proposition Canvas (VPC). Our facilitators will guide you through each section of the VPC and will provide relevant examples as well as answer questions along the way. You'll walk away with a further understanding of how to use the VPC to further develop your business idea and create value for your customers.

Learn More