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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

RainforestAB: Lunch Without Lunch (October)

October 1-31, 2019

Location: St. Louis 430 8 Ave SE Calgary, AB
Time: 11:45AM - 1:00PM

Curious what's happening in the tech industry in Calgary? Join RainforestAB at Lunch Without Lunch every Wednesday 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. 

Dates

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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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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VALIDATE

October 16-23, 2019

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

You know who your early adopters are. You have identified a problem worth solving for a market with limitless potential. Now you are about to invest thousands of dollars of your own savings to deliver the product of your customers’ dreams.

STOP!

The Validate program is designed to help you understand how to use low cost minimum viable products to test your riskiest assumptions, and create solutions that customers love and are willing to pay for.

 

PROGRAM DATES

-each session will take place from 6-9PM-

Session 1: October 16 - Building a Minimum Viable Product

Session 2: October 23 - Validate Workshop

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Product Calgary Meetup: Competition, Competitive Analysis and Strategy

October 17, 2019

Location: Shareworks by Morgan Stanley 600 3 Ave SW Suite 1500 · Calgary, AB
Time: 6-8PM

In this presentation, Jason Innes will outline a systematic approach to competitive analysis and how to translate findings into a sound product and market strategy, answering questions such as:

* Why analyze what competitors are doing?
* Who are your competitors?
* What factors should you consider when conducting a competitive analysis?
* Where you can look for information?
* How does this help me develop a sound product and market strategy?

Jason Innes is the Director of Product Management for Osprey Informatics, a Calgary-based intelligent visual monitoring software company working to improve the safety and efficiency of remote industrial sites.

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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: Ross Glen Hall 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB T3E 7N5, Canada
Time: 10AM-4PM

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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Cyber Summit '19: Mission Accessible

October 29-30, 2019

Location: Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Autograph Collection 1 Centennial Drive Kananaskis, AB T0L 2H0
Time: 8AM-3:30PM

Mission: Accessible

Accessibility is a broad term, with different meanings to different people. For a developer, it means having access to the code and API behind digital tools and services in order to create and innovate. For rural citizens, it’s about having the opportunity to participate in the modern digital economy. For students, it’s about having the digital literacy skills to take on the challenges of an AI and automated workforce. And for people with visual, hearing, motor, or cognitive challenges, it means having the ability to use the same tools and services as everyone else.

Cyber Summit 2019 will explore the different issues of modern “accessibility,” and what solutions exist to put all Canadians on a level playing field.

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Startup Drinks & Pitches

October 30, 2019

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

Join Startup Calgary and Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP for the Launch Party edition of Startup Drinks & Pitches! Listen to pitches from the founders of Calgary’s top 15 tech startups of the year, which will be showcased at Launch Party on Tuesday, November 12 at The Big Four, Stampede Park.

Launch Party companies will be given 60 seconds to pitch to the crowd, followed by 60 seconds of audience Q&A. Come on out to support these companies that are ready to take their startups to the next level!

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CRM Masterclass with 321 Growth Academy

October 30, 2019

Location: Platform Beta | 429 8 Ave SE
Time: 5:30-9PM

321 Growth Academy has partnered with Hubspot and Platform Calgary to bring you an evening “masterclass” session on CRMs. We’ve been involved in many (too many to count!) CRM implementations over the years: Hubspot, Salesforce.com, Pipedrive, and others. This session brings together everything we’ve learned from decades of experience using various CRM systems to fuel marketing and sales.

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2019 ASTech Awards

November 1, 2019

Location: SAIT Heritage Hall 1301 - 16th Avenue NW Calgary, AB T2M 0L4
Time: 5-9PM

Celebrating success inspires the next generation of innovation. Come meet the Finalists and the young innovators who are driving the Alberta economy forward.

This is a unique evening of must-see inspiration! 


Event Highlights
:

  • Reception-style format for networking and connecting.
  • Next Gen Innovators Showcase highlighting upcoming people and projects.
  • Affordable ticket pricing
  • Dress code: business attire.

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Business Model Canvas 101

November 4, 2019

Location: Terrace View Room - Global Business Centre 5th Floor - 120 8 Ave SE Calgary, AB T2G 0K6
Time: 5:30 – 9:00 PM

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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Pixels and Pints Meetup - 10th Anniversary

November 7, 2019

Location: Workhaus - Core 606 4 St SW Suite 1100 · Calgary, AB
Time: 5-9PM

This meetup is hosted by Pixels and Pints. For nine years, Calgary's best and brightest in tech and digital design have been meeting for drinks. Sometimes there's cake.

Agenda (give or take):

5pm - Mingle and be merry
7pm - Announcements
7:10pm - Beer O'clock!

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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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Startup Calgary's Launch Party Year 10

November 12, 2019

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

Watch Calgary’s top tech startups take off on Tuesday, November 12

This is a big year for Launch Party! Don’t miss your opportunity to meet the who’s who of Calgary’s tech community on Tuesday, November 12. Connect with over 800 members of Calgary’s startup community including startups, funders, community members and post secondaries.

This year, 15 of Calgary’s most innovative startups will be showcased and these companies will be announced the week of October 13.

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

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Innovation Week

November 12-16, 2019

Location: Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

Innovation+2019

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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Startup Community Builder's Summit

November 12-14, 2019

Location: Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

Startup Canada, Innovation Canada, Sovereign Insurance, Ceridian and BDC are coming together to support community builders across the country to learn about community building and to build a more entrepreneurial Canada from their own peers’ expertise.

Tuesday, November 12: Startup Calgary Launch Party – Starting at 7 PM
Wednesday, November 13th: Community Builder’s Summit – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursday, November 14th: Startup Community Ecosystem Tour – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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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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DISCOVER

November 13-20, 2019

Location: Platform Beta | 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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Startup Stories: Finding Your Headline

November 13, 2019

Location: Work Nicer Co-working | Red Mile 1550 5 Street SW
Time: 4-6PM

This Innovation Week event is hosted by Startup Calgary.

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.

Agenda:

  • 4:00 - 4:30pm - Registration and mingling
  • 4:30 - 5:15pm - Fireside chat with Douglas Soltys, Editor-in-Chief at BetaKit
  • 5:15 - 5:30pm - Audience Q&A
  • 5:30 - 6:30pm - Closing comments and networking

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"Ask Me Anything" with 321 Growth Academy

November 14, 2019

Location: Platform Beta | 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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Soul of the Next Economy Forum

November 14-15, 2019

Location: Ambrose University
Time: N/A

The Soul of the Next Economy Forum is where business, the non-profit sector, government, and educational institutions converge to change the way we do business and impact society.

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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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Pitch Party YYC

November 15, 2019

Location: Work Nicer Red Mile | 1550 5th Street SW Calgary, AB T2G 0W6
Time: 7-10:30PM

The new Pitch Party YYC is an immersive night, inviting you into the world of tech startups. The interactive experience will showcase The Accelerator's 15 tech startups from our 6th batch, allowing you to expand your mind with art, design, tech, and culture, all in one evening. If you're looking to grow your network and interact with some of Calgary's brightest minds, this is the place to be.

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Business Model Canvas 201

November 18, 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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Global Entrepreneurship Week

November 18-24, 2019

Location: Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is “the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.” A truly international event celebrating innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity, GEW brings together aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, designers and innovative thinkers in over 165 countries on campuses and in the communities they serve.

Each year, the University of Calgary celebrates GEW with events across campus.

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6th Annual CALGARY WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP ENERGY FORUM

November 21, 2019

Location: Calgary Marriott Downtown 110 9th Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2G 5A6
Time: 10AM-4:30PM

2019 Energy Forum will cover the following topics:
10am: Technology & Digitalization in Energy
11am: Future of Work in Energy
Noon: Luncheon – Global View of Energy
1:30: Diversity and Inclusion
2:30 Creativity & Innovation

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Business Model Canvas 301

November 25, 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)?

Learn More

Business Model Canvas 101

December 2, 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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Pixels and Pints Meetup

December 5, 2019

Location: Hudsons Canadian Tap House 601 12 Ave SW · Calgary, AB
Time: 5-9PM

This meetup is hosted by Pixels and Pints. For nine years, Calgary's best and brightest in tech and digital design have been meeting for drinks. Sometimes there's cake.

Agenda (give or take):

5pm - Mingle and be merry
7pm - Announcements
7:10pm - Beer O'clock!

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PROPEL Energy Tech Forum

February 19-20, 2020

Location: Fairmont Palliser | Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

PROPEL is the annual Energy Technology Venture Forum that brings together the best, boldest, most innovative emerging and established energy technology companies. Technology adoption is critical to the long-term viability and stewardship of global energy resources – now more than ever. The driving sources of energy are changing as we move from a hydrocarbon fuel focus toward renewables. Calgary is at the forefront of this revolution, standing as the key setting for fostering, commercializing, and integrating new energy technologies. PROPEL Energy Tech and its global industry partners are seizing this leadership opportunity, and have created the platform for building the energy industry of the future – and you won’t want to miss it.

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Upcoming Events

PROPEL Energy Tech Forum

February 19-20, 2020

Location: Fairmont Palliser | Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

PROPEL is the annual Energy Technology Venture Forum that brings together the best, boldest, most innovative emerging and established energy technology companies. Technology adoption is critical to the long-term viability and stewardship of global energy resources – now more than ever. The driving sources of energy are changing as we move from a hydrocarbon fuel focus toward renewables. Calgary is at the forefront of this revolution, standing as the key setting for fostering, commercializing, and integrating new energy technologies. PROPEL Energy Tech and its global industry partners are seizing this leadership opportunity, and have created the platform for building the energy industry of the future – and you won’t want to miss it.

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Pixels and Pints Meetup

December 5, 2019

Location: Hudsons Canadian Tap House 601 12 Ave SW · Calgary, AB
Time: 5-9PM

This meetup is hosted by Pixels and Pints. For nine years, Calgary's best and brightest in tech and digital design have been meeting for drinks. Sometimes there's cake.

Agenda (give or take):

5pm - Mingle and be merry
7pm - Announcements
7:10pm - Beer O'clock!

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Business Model Canvas 101

December 2, 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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Past Events

Busting Bottlenecks

October 15, 2019

Location: Infusion Co-working - #100 221 10 Avenue Southeast - Calgary, AB T2G 0V9 - Canada
Time: 11AM-12PM

Learn from the InSite Performance Coaching as they discuss the top bottlenecks that businesses face and how to tackle them head on. Focusing on the the best tips and tricks to help you change your path, and get one step close to the results you desire.

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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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Pixels and Pints Meetup

October 3, 2019

Location: Hudson's Canadian Tap House, 601 12 Avenue SW Calgary, AB
Time: 5-9PM

This meetup is hosted by Pixels and Pints. For nine years, Calgary's best and brightest in tech and digital design have been meeting for drinks. Sometimes there's cake.

Agenda (give or take):

5pm - Mingle and be merry
7pm - Announcements
7:10pm - Beer O'clock!

Learn More