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Junction: Applications Open for Spring 2020!

Programs

What’s happening in the Calgary entrepreneurial startup scene

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Upcoming Events

Junction | Applications Open (Spring 2020)

November 15-January 26, 2020

Location: Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

Immerse yourself in a 9 week Founder Focused residency program! Junction gives you the tools to clearly articulate your business model, prioritize your company’s activities, and guide you when it comes to answering those tough investor like questions. 

Platform Calgary leverages experts from the Calgary community through workshops, office hours and 1:1 Advisor coaching, to formulate a roadmap for you to follow. 

Application deadline: January 26 | Program runs: March 2 - May 1, 2020

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Startup Drinks & Pitches

January 29, 2020

Location: 2nd Floor Trolley 5 Brewpub 728 17 Ave SW Calgary, AB T2T 4M2
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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 us for Startup Drinks & Pitches.

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Learning Through Challenges & Success

January 29, 2020

Location: Eighty-Eight Brewing Co. #1070 - 2600 Portland St SE Calgary, AB T2G 4M6
Time: 4-6PM

Interested in learning from the challenges and success of other entrepreneurs? Want to find out how they moved through their challenges to find success?

Join Business Link for an afternoon of learning and honest conversations with other entrepreneurs right here in our local community. Find out why you have to learn through the challenges to reach success in your business.

 

Guest Entrepreneurs:

  • Rachel Antony, Poolside Digital
  • Diana Frost, Colouring it Forward
  • Lucy Dunne, Dunnebells
  • Jones Onigbinde, Stargate Physical Therapy
  • Alex Putici, Work Nicer Coworking
  • Brendan Barnett, Eight-Eight Brewing

Moderator: Barbara Mckenzie, Executive Director, Business Link

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Fuck Up Nights

January 30, 2020

Location: 1206 20 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1M8
Time: 6PM

Join our YYC team for an enjoyable evening to listen to some of Calgary’s trailblazers from our cities top entrepreneurs and influencers as they discuss their failures and struggles during their personal pursuits for success.

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LinkedIn from Mystery to Mastery-Lunch Included

January 31, 2020

Location: Hotel Blackfoot 5940 Blackfoot Trail Southeast Calgary, AB T2H 2B5
Time: 8:00 AM

Is LinkedIn Still a Mystery to You?

This workshop will take you from "Mystery" to "Mastery"!

The professional world has finally realized the importance of LinkedIn as a business platform that serves multiple objectives. Besides being a central hub for professional branding, networking and career management, LinkedIn is now becoming a growing source of news, knowledge and opportunity for professionals worldwide. Businesses now call on employees to participate on LinkedIn, not only for social recruiting but also for social selling, social media marketing and employee advocacy.

However, most companies don't understand how to leverage LinkedIn as a phenomenal source of marketing and lead generation.

Early Bird Discount code - 25Off

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Machine Learning Technician Course

February 1-June 30, 2020

Location: Edmonton, AB & Online
Time: N/A

Developed and taught by machine learning experts from Amii and the University of Alberta, the ML Technician Certification program will teach you how to:

  • Recognize opportunities for applying ML
  • Implement appropriate models
  • Accurately evaluate progress
  • Experience all stages of an ML project

By the conclusion of the ML Technician Certificate, you will be able to construct a basic ML model, make informed decisions related to data, and articulate an ML framework to support business outcomes.

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Teleroo World Headquarters Opening

February 4, 2020

Location: 2520 Capitol Hill Cres NW Calgary
Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Grand opening of Teleroo World, which is a Calgary-based digital health tech company. We provide world-class digital collaboration tools for children and families with neurocognitive and complex needs across the world. We would like to have Mr. Mark Zumwalt (and/or other senior leaders with Platform Calgary) to attend our launch in February 4, 2020. We are expecting more than 100 people including political dignitaries and digital health leaders across Alberta and Canada to be in attendance.

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Leaders Lunch: RSM Canada’s The Real Economy Seminar

February 4, 2020

Location: Hudson 200 8 Avenue Southwest #6th floor Calgary, AB T2P 1B5
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Preparing for growing economic headwinds from a global slowdown.

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DISCOVER

February 5-26, 2020

Location: Platform Calgary | 429 8 Ave SE
Time: 9AM-12PM

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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NORTH51: OFF THE MAP

February 5-7, 2020

Location: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive Banff, AB T1L 1H5
Time: N/A

NORTH51 is the gathering place for the most innovative minds in geospatial technology. This exclusive two-day conference in the heart of the Rocky Mountains will lead informative sessions and discussions of game-changing technological breakthroughs in the areas of artificial intelligence, the internet of things, remote sensing and location analytics. Be prepared to reimagine the possibilities of geospatial.

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Pixels and Pints Meetup

February 6, 2020

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!

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UCalgary Tech Fest

February 6, 2020

Location: MacEwan Hall AB 402 Collegiate Boulevard NW Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4
Time: 11AM-4PM

This free, unique event is a career fair unlike any other! Over 40 companies will be onsite at Mac Hall on February 6, with booths showcasing their areas of work and what they are looking for from potential employees. In addition, there will be onsite coding challenges, designed to be solved through the collaborative efforts of students teaming up with company representatives.

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ATB Open Finance Hackathon

February 8-9, 2020

Location: Ross Glen Hall 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW Calgary, AB, T3E 7N5
Time: N/A

Join ATB for a weekend of collaboration, connection, and creative brainstorming as we embark on a journey to educate and elevate the conversation about open finance and demonstrate to Canadians the power and possibilities of APIs and open data within the banking industry.

Collaborating across borders and representing a broad cross section of partners, the 2019 Open Data Hackathon brings together Canada’s finest minds in software development, fintech, design and other disciplines to foster innovation and adoption of open data.

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Business Model Canvas 101

February 10, 2020

Location: Work Nicer - Red Mile (2nd Floor) 1550 5 St SW Calgary, AB T2R 1K3
Time: 5:30-9PM

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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Galentine's Day for Entrepreneur Women

February 13, 2020

Location: Work Nicer Coworking | Red Mile 1550 5 Street SW #200- Second Floor Calgary, AB T2R 1K3
Time: 3:30-6:30PM

Join Futurpreneur Canada for a Canadian style High-Tea celebrating women empowering women in entrepreneurship. Come hear stories of young entrepreneurs who transitioned from followers to leaders, planners to executors and dreamers to doers.

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Canada-Florida Smart Cities Roadshow 2020

February 17-20, 2020

Location: Florida
Time: N/A

The Consulate General of Canada in Miami is pleased to invite you to a dynamic Canada-Florida Smart Cities Roadshow. This three-day programme in Tampa, Miami, and Orlando will showcase Canadian smart cities technologies in four key areas: Water, Energy, Transportation/Infrastructure, and Data Analytics/Public Safety.

Selected applicants will gain the opportunity to both:

  • Present their company/technology to the Floridian state, county and city government officials, as well as private organisations such as: water and power utilities, utility wholesalers and retailers, engineering firms, and industry related consultants.
  • Network and meet with organisations and governments through events, B2B meetings.

Contact Margaret Cullen for more information.

Breaking into Data Science - The How's and Why's

February 18, 2020

Location: Work Nicer Red Mile (2nd Floor) 1550 5 Street SW Calgary, AB, T2R 1K3
Time: 12-1PM

In this session, the data science team at Cybera will provide you with an introductory overview into data science, talk about how you can apply it in your area of expertise, share resources that you can leverage, and discuss what you may need to start your own data science project. We’ll also share success stories from Alberta organizations currently using data science.

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Business Model Canvas 201

February 19, 2020

Location: Work Nicer - Red Mile (2nd Floor) 1550 5 St SW Calgary, AB T2R 1K3
Time: 5:30-9PM

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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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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AB Female Founders, Funders and Fortifiers Breakfast

February 19, 2020

Location: MobSquad Office - Edison Building 21st floor - 150 – 9th Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2P 1B4
Time: 8-9:30AM

Thanks to the generous support from Rogers, McRock, Azure Capital and BDC are pleased to celebrate 2020 with our first breakfast of the year that connects Alberta Female Founders, Funders and Fortifiers.

Our February breakfast will feature a panel discussion on the fundraising journeys of an amazing group of female founders in our community.

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Business Model Canvas 301

February 24, 2020

Location: Work Nicer - Red Mile (2nd Floor) 1550 5 St SW Calgary, AB T2R 1K3
Time: 5:30-9PM

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 you'll leverage your Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas and walk away with an 8-12 week roadmap to help you validate your market and build/test your MVP.

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Techstars Startup Weekend Calgary

February 28-March 1, 2020

Location: Work Nicer Red Mile (2nd Floor) 1550 5 Street SW Calgary, AB, T2R 1K3
Time: N/A

Learn how to launch a startup... over the course of a weekend!
Join Startup Calgary for a fun-filled, hands-on, educational experience that will enable you to build, validate and launch your tech startup idea over the course of a weekend. Whether you're a hacker (developer), hustler (business/sales) or hipster (designer), there is something for you!

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Pixels and Pints Meetup

March 5, 2020

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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Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards

March 5, 2020

Location: Hyatt Regency Calgary, Imperial Ballroom 700 Centre Street South Calgary, AB T2G 5P6
Time: 5-8:30PM

The inaugural Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards will recognize seven outstanding female business leaders and one male champion for women in Calgary and celebrate their accomplishments.

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321 Growth Academy: Growth Marketing

March 6, 2020

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

Growth Marketing is our in-depth course for founders and their team members. Over 45+ hours, you’ll learn everything you need to know about revenue-focused Marketing – from the fundamentals to marketing campaigns – all while applying what you learn in your business in real-time.

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321 Growth Academy: Lean Sales

March 12, 2020

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

Lean Sales is our in-depth course for founders and their team members. Over 45+ hours, you’ll learn everything you need to know about B2B sales – from prospecting through closing – all while applying what you learn in your business in real-time.

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Utilities Telecom & Technology Council Latin America (UTCLA)

March 30-April 3, 2020

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Time: N/A

The UTCLA gathers telecom and technology specialists working in energy, gas and water utilities. It enables the exchange of knowledge, keeping members updated in an area where technology is constantly changing. 
The Canada Trade Commissioners Service (TCS)  will be leading a delegation to the event. The TCS will be planing: 
  • a visit of two of the largest power utilities
  • business-to-business matchmaking for Canadian companies to potential buyers
  • a network reception hosted by the Consulate General of Canada with key local contacts

For information on how to register, contact Laura Netto

321 Growth Academy: Talent Masterclass

April 15, 2020

Location: ARTC | 3553 31 St NW
Time: 9AM-5PM

Talent Masterclass is our interactive recruiting and orientation workshop for founders and team leads. In one day, you’ll learn the key ideas and tools – from developing roles, recruiting unicorns and building belonging – to kickstart building your team for growth. This interactive talent workshop will unpack a better way to attract and onboard the talent you need to grow.

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Global Congress and Expo on Medical Imaging and Case Reports

April 20, 2020

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Scientific Federation will be hosting Global Congress and Expo on Medical Imaging and Case Reports in 2020. This exciting event is scheduled during April 20-21, 2020 at Vancouver, Canada, strives to bring many Prominent Speakers, Professors, Deans, Physicians, Medical and Industrial Professionals, Young Researchers, Student Delegates and Business Delegates, along with information-packed Workshops, will fill the agenda.

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AccelerateAB

April 20-21, 2020

Location: Edmonton, AB
Time: N/A

The annual conference brings together leaders, investors, influencers and supporters of Alberta’s technology ecosystem, with the goal of leveraging the success of the next generation of technology entrepreneurs across the province.

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Uniting the Prairies

May 7, 2020

Location: Saskatoon, SK
Time: N/A

An annual movement that unites the prairie tech communities.

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True North Festival

June 1-7, 2020

Location: Waterloo
Time: N/A

Join us at the True North Festival June 1-7, 2020 to examine what it means to be human—and humane—in our tech-driven world.

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Inventures 2020

June 3-5, 2020

Location: Telus Convention Centre Calgary, AB, Canada
Time: N/A

Inventures is where startups, scaleups, investors and thought leaders come together to discover and share the latest in innovation, research, capital access, deal-making and experiential learning.

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SocialWest

June 3-5, 2020

Location: Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

Western Canada's Largest Digital Marketing Conference! The conference that keeps Canadian digital marketers and communications professionals ahead of the trends and at the top of their game.

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321 Growth Academy: Sales Kickstarter

June 10, 2020

Location: 429 8 Ave SE
Time: 5-9PM

Sales Kickstarter is our introductory course for founders and their team members that want to better understand sales – and how they can best support their company’s sales efforts. In a rapid-fire 4 hours, you’ll learn what sales is and where it fits in your organization, and what your company must do to drive sales growth.

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321 Growth Academy: Marketing Kickstarter

June 17, 2020

Location: 429 8 Ave SE
Time: 5-9PM

Marketing Kickstarter is our introductory course for founders and team members that want to better understand marketing – and how they can best support their company’s revenue goals. In a half-day (or evening), you’ll learn what marketing is and where it fits in your organization, and what your company can do to undertake marketing that drives revenue.

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Collision

June 22-25, 2020

Location: Toronto, ON
Time: N/A

Collision is the fastest-growing tech conference in North America. Now in its seventh year, Collision has grown to over 30,000 attendees. Following the lead of our European event Web Summit, Collision has become a crossroads for the world’s most influential buyers, sellers, emerging companies, and policymakers.

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2020 East Village Street Fair

July 1, 2020

Location: 6th St SE between river and 9th Ave SE
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

EV Street Fair: Shaping Technology for Our Future
Join the East Village Neighbourhood Association (EVNA) as we host the 9th Annual
‘East Village Street Fair’. Our visitors will enjoy a huge variety of festivities, strolling
between events at the New Public Library, National Music Centre and Fort Calgary. The East Village

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StartupFest

July 14-18, 2020

Location: Montreal, QB
Time: N/A

Small enough to meet who you need to meet, big enough that everybody’s there!
More than just world-class content and a global attendee base, Startupfest is known for rethinking the standard event format. Crowned “a music festival for startups” by Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian, you’ll have tangible opportunities to make the connections you need, in one of the world’s most iconic festival cities.

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Upcoming Events

StartupFest

July 14-18, 2020

Location: Montreal, QB
Time: N/A

Small enough to meet who you need to meet, big enough that everybody’s there!
More than just world-class content and a global attendee base, Startupfest is known for rethinking the standard event format. Crowned “a music festival for startups” by Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian, you’ll have tangible opportunities to make the connections you need, in one of the world’s most iconic festival cities.

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2020 East Village Street Fair

July 1, 2020

Location: 6th St SE between river and 9th Ave SE
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

EV Street Fair: Shaping Technology for Our Future
Join the East Village Neighbourhood Association (EVNA) as we host the 9th Annual
‘East Village Street Fair’. Our visitors will enjoy a huge variety of festivities, strolling
between events at the New Public Library, National Music Centre and Fort Calgary. The East Village

Learn More

Collision

June 22-25, 2020

Location: Toronto, ON
Time: N/A

Collision is the fastest-growing tech conference in North America. Now in its seventh year, Collision has grown to over 30,000 attendees. Following the lead of our European event Web Summit, Collision has become a crossroads for the world’s most influential buyers, sellers, emerging companies, and policymakers.

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Past Events

Maximize Non-Dilutive Financing and Government Funding Lunch n' Learn

January 22, 2020

Location: ARTC 3553 31 Street NW Boardroom 2/3 Calgary, AB T2L 2K7
Time: 12-1:30PM

Grab a bite while our partners Old Kent Road Financial and Novellum Global educate and answer questions about non-dilutive financing and government funding programs.

Takeaways:

  • Navigate Government funding for your company.
  • How to utilize venture debt for tech entrepreneurs.
  • How does Government funding differ from loans and equity.

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Power Hour - Rainforest YYC

January 21, 2020

Location: Platform Beta (Main Level) 429 8 Avenue SE Calgary, AB, T2G 0L7
Time: 5-6PM

Power Hour is Rainforest's ambitious goal to connect people with solutions to their problems. Working in small groups with other innovative individuals from the ecosystem you'll be able to both get and give free help in this connected and safe environment.

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Canada's Agriculture Summit

January 16, 2020

Location: Big Four, Stampede Park
Time: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Agriculture and agri-foods contribute over $100 Billion to the Canadian economy every year. Broader understanding of the competitiveness, innovation and GDP contribution of agriculture is critical to ensuring the industry remains top tier in the global market.Canada can nourish the world and become a global leader in sustainable agricultural practices. Join us as we work towards creating a framework for a national vision for our agricultural natural resources.

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