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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

Business Model Canvas 201

August 19, 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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Exploring Entrepreneurship Workshop

August 20, 2019

Location: 4700 17 Avenue SW Calgary, AB T3E 0E3
Time: 1-2PM

Have an idea and considering starting your own business?

Join Business link for an orientation into entrepreneurship. They will show you how to take your idea and turn it into a reality. In this workshop, you will assess whether your idea is viable, as well as be provided with the tools, resources, and guidance to help you along the way.

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World Entrepreneur Day!

August 21, 2019

Location:
Time: N/A

Business Model Canvas 301

August 26, 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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Alberta-Mexico International Technology Program Information Session

August 27, 2019

Location: Alberta Innovates | 3608-33rd St NW | Calgary, Alberta T2L 2A6
Time: 10AM-12PM

Alberta Innovates would like to invite you to an information session to gain valuable information and dates for our existing Jalisco program and our upcomming Nuevo Leon program.

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Business Model Canvas 101

September 9, 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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2019 Summer Innovation Showcase

September 10, 2019

Location: EEEL Building Atrium at the University of Calgary
Time: 5-8PM

The Showcase is a celebration of student entrepreneurship and innovation. Learn about exciting new business concepts developed by University of Calgary graduate students and other participants in the Platform Calgary Summer Incubator program (SIP), and in the University's Innovation Reactor program.

The 2019 Summer Innovation Showcase includes:

  • 2-3 minute presentations by SIP participants from the University of Calgary and other Calgary-area post-secondary institutions
  • Pitches from teams participating in the Innovation Reactor program run by the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking at the University of Calgary
  • Innovation mixer for guests to meet with presenters
  • Light snacks and refreshments

Register to Attend

Discover

September 11-18, 2019

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

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.

 

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Ladies Learning Code Meetup

September 12, 2019

Location: The Inc. | 3553 31 St NW Calgary, AB, T2L 2K7
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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Sask Startup Summit

September 12-13, 2019

Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Time: N/A

Sask Startup Summit brings together early-stage companies, mentors and investors to help you navigate the biggest challenges of being a startup. This summit is built around interactive sessions and lots of opportunities to connect, to give you the tools and takeaways you need to take your company to the next level.

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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.

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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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AB Female Founders, Funders and Fortifiers breakfast - Sep 2019 Edition

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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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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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)?

Learn More

321 Growth Academy: Sales Kickstarter

September 24, 2019

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 Street NW
Time: 9AM-12PM

Sales Kickstarter is a half-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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Rainforest Alberta Summit

September 26, 2019

Location: Calgary
Time: N/A

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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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321 Growth Academy: Marketing Kickstarter

October 1, 2019

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 Street NW
Time: 9AM-12PM

Marketing Kickstarter is a half-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: 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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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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Banff Venture Forum

October 3-4, 2019

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

The New Technology Economy Happens in Banff

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.

Since its inception in 1997, Banff Venture Forum has realized an order of magnitude scale of growth in all respects, with last year’s Forum hosting in excess of 40 venture capital firms, 50+ presenting companies and 350 delegates.

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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: 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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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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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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321 Growth Academy: Sales Kickstarter

November 22, 2019

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 Street NW
Time: 9AM-12PM

Sales Kickstarter is a half-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.

Learn More

321 Growth Academy: Marketing Kickstarter

December 3, 2019

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 Street NW
Time: 9AM-12PM

Marketing Kickstarter is a half-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.

Learn More

Upcoming Events

321 Growth Academy: Marketing Kickstarter

December 3, 2019

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 Street NW
Time: 9AM-12PM

Marketing Kickstarter is a half-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.

Learn More

321 Growth Academy: Sales Kickstarter

November 22, 2019

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 Street NW
Time: 9AM-12PM

Sales Kickstarter is a half-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.

Learn More

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). 

Learn More

Past Events

Community Now! 1 Year Celebration

August 15, 2019

Location: The Park Kitchen & Bar | 163 Quarry Park Boulevard #1200
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

COME AND CELEBRATE!

CN! Magazine is celebrating 1 year in business! A year full of amazing people, events, stories and much more...

Come down and meet the writers and advertisers, listen to the School of Rocks House band and Raise money for a great cause The Doorway! Enjoy great food, networking and amazing speeches! Auctions, Prizes and much more!

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Falling Walls Lab Info Session

August 14, 2019

Location: Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking | 402 Collegiate Boulevard Northwest Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Time: 11AM-1PM

The Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking is hosting the second annual UCalgary Falling Walls Lab this September 2019. Finalists will win a trip to Berlin to compete on an international stage at the Falling Walls Conference in November 2019. In addition to the pitch event, Falling Walls presents a unique opportunity for international networking, meeting potential investors and connecting with academics, entrepreneurs and game-changers from around the world.

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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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