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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

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

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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)?

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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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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 201

December 9, 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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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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Business Model Canvas 201

December 9, 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.

Learn More

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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Past Events

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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Trade Accelerator Program | Applications Open

November 7, 2019

Location: Calgary, AB
Time: N/A

Grow your business with Canada's export program: NOVEMBER 7-8, 18 & DECEMBER 18, 2019

  • Give you customized, face-to-face coaching and advice
  • Help you navigate the complex global trade ecosystem
  • Give you access to a network of experts and thought leaders
  • Get you familiar with international best practices
  • Help you develop and set up an export plan

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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.

Learn More