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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

Design and Game Jam 2019

July 19-21, 2019

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 St NW
Time: 6 PM

The Design and Game Jam (DaGJ) game creation event is an opportunity to meet others in your community through a 48hr physical meetup. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The DaGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to game development and creativity.

Game Jams are known for helping foster new friendships, increase confidence and opportunities within the community. The jam is always an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.

The structure of this jam will be: Everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, introductions and then a secret theme is announced. The jammers are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon.

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The Cloud Landscape for Startups

July 23, 2019

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 Street NW
Time: 10 AM - 12 PM

Cloud computing has revolutionized the way businesses function. Without the need for onsite infrastructure, cloud technologies enable tech entrepreneurs to build, test, prototype, and commercialize their products and services to easily scale globally. In this session, attendees will learn about the latest developments and trends in the cloud landscape and will also learn how they can benefit from CANARIE’s DAIR Cloud program, a free, federally-supported program for Canadian startups. More than 1200 startups have already used the DAIR Cloud, saving themselves operating and capital expenses as they developed and tested their new ideas on the service. Attendees will also hear about the latest developments in the DAIR Program, including a service that allows them to benefit from the expertise of experienced Canadian startups in key emerging technologies to minimizes learning in a cost-free environment.

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Lunch Without Lunch @ Platform Calgary

July 24, 2019

Location: Hillier Block | 429-8th Ave SE
Time: 11:45am - 1:00pm

Curious what's happening in the tech industry in Calgary?

Join us at Lunch Without Lunch to hear about the players, events and news that are making our innovation ecosystem thrive. This weekly meeting is a regular check on the pulse of the community, open to people from any age, wage, or stage of company.

Rainforest Alberta is making space for the tech industry in the province through opening conversations around culture, leadership, and other focus areas. When someone asks "why bother building a tech industry in Alberta?" We ask "why not?"

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Discover

August 7-September 18, 2019

Location: Hillier Block | 429 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Time: 9AM-12PM

Understanding customer behaviour is essential to startup success! As the founder of your startup, you will learn how to engage customers and discover their motivations, preferences, and needs through this 6-week applied program. You will be expected to conduct multiple customer interviews, share the results of those interviews with peers/advisors, and mould your startup's business model on a weekly basis.

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The Accelerator Batch 6 Applications Are Open!

August 12, 2019

Location: Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

Are you a promising pre-seed or seed-stage tech startup? The Accelerator offers expert mentorship, resources, connections, and programs to take your tech startup to the next level.

Get your startup’s application in before midnight for a chance to join! Batch 6 runs from August 12th 2019 - January 15th 2020.

What happens in the program?

  • August-January: Bi-weekly founder dinners with investors, entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, and more.

  • August-January: Mentorship meetings.

  • August-January: Office hours with our staff.

  • September: Valhalla BaseCamp with Randy Thompson.

  • October: The Art of Sales (or, How to Get Paid for Your Stuff) + Sales Office Hours

  • November: PwC Office Hours + Dentons Office Hours

  • January: Private Investor Pitches + Pitch Party YYC.

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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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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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321 Growth Academy: Sales Kickstarter

September 24, 2019

Location: Platform Beta @ Hillier Block 429 8 Ave SE Main Floor Calgary, AB T2G 0L7
Time: 9AM-5PM

Sales Kickstarter is our one-day course on B2B sales for startups and scale-ups. We provide an overview of what a great “sales engine” looks like, walk you through an in-depth self-assessment of your company’s current sales capabilities, 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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321 Growth Academy: Marketing Kickstarter

October 1, 2019

Location: Alastair Ross Technology Centre 3553 31 St NW The Inc. - Programs Room Calgary, AB T2L 2K7
Time: 9AM-5PM

Marketing Kickstarter is a full-day crash course in growth marketing for business and technical founders in both scale-ups and startups. This course gives you an overview of how to build a marketing engine to support revenue growth. 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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321 Growth Academy: Lean Sales

October 2-December 5, 2019

Location: Alastair Ross Technology Centre 3553 31 St NW The Inc. - Programs Room Calgary, AB T2L 2K7
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

October 3-4, 2019

Location: Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, AB
Time: N/A

Banff Venture Forum, Canada’s premier company financing event, is designed to showcase the hottest high-tech companies from across North America, offer insight into key issues within the industry, provide a premium networking opportunity and give companies a chance to learn from world-class professionals in the investment community.

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321 Growth Academy: Growth Marketing

October 9-December 10, 2019

Location: Alastair Ross Technology Centre 3553 31 St NW The Inc. - Programs Room Calgary, AB T2L 2K7
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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Small Business Week Calgary #SBWYYC

October 21-25, 2019

Location: TBD
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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321 Growth Academy: Sales Kickstarter

November 22, 2019

Location: Alastair Ross Technology Centre 3553 31 Street NW The Inc. - Programs Room Calgary, AB T2L 2K7
Time: 9AM-5PM

Sales Kickstarter is our one-day course on B2B sales for startups and scale-ups. We provide an overview of what a great “sales engine” looks like, walk you through an in-depth self-assessment of your company’s current sales capabilities, 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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Food, Nutrition, Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA)

December 1, 2019

Location: Cairo
Time: N/A

FNSSA 2019 is an international scientific event which has been jointly launched and organized by the Agro-Food Industries Alliance (funded by Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in Egypt), World Food Program, the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) Alexandria University, IEREK – International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange in collaboration with Springer as publishing partner

The event will take place in Cairo from 1st to 3rd December 2019.

The main aim of the conference is to present and discuss the newest researches related to food, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture, and to shed light on relationships with the industry. The scientific committee welcomes contributions by academics, researchers, and experts from industry. In this context, the conference aims to provide researchers, practitioners, and educators with the most recent innovations, trends, concerns, practical challenges, and solutions in various fields of food and nutrition security, and sustainable agriculture.

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321 Growth Academy: Marketing Kickstarter

December 3, 2019

Location: Platform Beta @ Hillier Block 429 8 Ave SE Main Floor Calgary, AB T2G 0L7
Time: 9AM-5PM

Marketing Kickstarter is a full-day crash course in growth marketing for business and technical founders in both scale-ups and startups. This course gives you an overview of how to build a marketing engine to support revenue growth. 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

December 3, 2019

Location: Platform Beta @ Hillier Block 429 8 Ave SE Main Floor Calgary, AB T2G 0L7
Time: 9AM-5PM

Marketing Kickstarter is a full-day crash course in growth marketing for business and technical founders in both scale-ups and startups. This course gives you an overview of how to build a marketing engine to support revenue growth. 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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Food, Nutrition, Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA)

December 1, 2019

Location: Cairo
Time: N/A

FNSSA 2019 is an international scientific event which has been jointly launched and organized by the Agro-Food Industries Alliance (funded by Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in Egypt), World Food Program, the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) Alexandria University, IEREK – International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange in collaboration with Springer as publishing partner

The event will take place in Cairo from 1st to 3rd December 2019.

The main aim of the conference is to present and discuss the newest researches related to food, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture, and to shed light on relationships with the industry. The scientific committee welcomes contributions by academics, researchers, and experts from industry. In this context, the conference aims to provide researchers, practitioners, and educators with the most recent innovations, trends, concerns, practical challenges, and solutions in various fields of food and nutrition security, and sustainable agriculture.

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321 Growth Academy: Sales Kickstarter

November 22, 2019

Location: Alastair Ross Technology Centre 3553 31 Street NW The Inc. - Programs Room Calgary, AB T2L 2K7
Time: 9AM-5PM

Sales Kickstarter is our one-day course on B2B sales for startups and scale-ups. We provide an overview of what a great “sales engine” looks like, walk you through an in-depth self-assessment of your company’s current sales capabilities, 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

ARTC's Annual Stampede Breakfast

July 10, 2019

Location: West Parking Lot | 3553 31 ST NW, Calgary, AB T2K 2K7
Time: 8:00AM-11:00AM

Stampede Breakfast Invite 9

Join us for our annual (and delicious) Stampede Breakfast! Bring your family and friends, this event is open to all!

We are asking attendees to bring a non-perishable food item(s) for donation to the Calgary Food Bank, Thank you!

Startup Fest

July 9-12, 2019

Location: Montreal, QB
Time: N/A

An event built for founders.

Besides world class content across 8 stages, the event is designed to offer concrete investments and networking opportunities throughout the entirety of the Tent Village.

Up to $1,000,000 in prizes and investment available.

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Innovation Rodeo

July 8-12, 2019

Location: Bow Valley College | ATB Hall, South Campus, 2nd Floor 345 - 6 Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2G 4V1 CA
Time: N/A

innovation rodeoFive amazing days of content, collaboration, competition and over $30,000 in prize money!

The Innovation Rodeo is spearheaded by Bow Valley College and is four afternoons of keynote speakers or panels of successful entrepreneurs from the United States and Canada, with daily cash prizes of $2,000 for winners of the Innovation Challenges and daily cash prizes of $2,500 in the student pitch competitions.

Use code IR-CIC-20 for 20% off tickets! Register HERE

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