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Junction: Applications Open for Spring 2020!

All Programs & Events

What’s happening in the Calgary entrepreneurial startup scene

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Upcoming Events

Foresight x Platform Cleantech Program | Applications Open

November 15-January 2, 2020

Location: Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

If you are a cleantech, energy, agtech or industrial innovation technology entrepreneurs starting a company, working on a minimum viable product and wanting to validate the potential of their business, the Foresight X Platform Calgary Cleantech Program is for you! The program comes in two phases:

The first phase “Launch” is designed to help you define the problem you are solving through validation and customer discovery.

The second phase “Deliver” helps your company determine the optimal path forward to deliver real products.

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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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Coffee Hours at Hunter Hub

December 3-31, 2019

Location: MSC 171 | 2500 University Drive NW
Time: 11AM-2PM

Coffee Hours at the Hunter Hub are short advising meetings designed to support startup ideas. Speak with industry experts and entrepreneurs who have experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem within Calgary. Each session comprises a 20 minute one-on-one with an advisor geared towards a specific area of interest. These sessions take place every Tuesday through December, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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The Accelerator | Applications Open (Batch 7)

December 12-January 10, 2020

Location: Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

The Accelerator is a Canadian seed accelerator. The Accelerator provides curriculum, services, seed money, mentors, and connections at two five-month programs per year.

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Business Model Canvas 301

December 16, 2019

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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Pixels and Pints Meetup

January 2, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

LEARN MORE

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.

LEARN MORE

Past Events

Business Model Canvas 201

December 9, 2019

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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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!

Learn More

Business Model Canvas 101

December 2, 2019

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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