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BizConnections YYC: Small Business Week | Funders for Founders

  • Bow Valley College (North Campus, Main Floor, Theatre N124) 345 6 Avenue Southeast Calgary, AB, T2G Canada (map)

Hosted by Business Link


In partnership with Futurpreneur Canada, our event sponsor BDC, and our venue sponsor Bow Valley College we would like to invite you to join us for Small Business Week. We are bringing together some of Alberta's funding partners who will be able to share the financial options available to you to assist with your startup idea.

We will start with a facilitated panel discussion, networking reception with light appetizers and refreshments and the opportunity to connect in a smaller group with the funder that is the best fit for you and your business.

Please select ONE BONUS session you would like to attend when you register, these sessions will be occuring at the same timeframe.

Panel Facilitator:

Harlene Mann, Futurpreneur

Futurpreneur Canada makes it easier for aspiring young business owners to secure financing. And we’ve partnered with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) to extend our support to you even further.

We offer collateral-free loans at better interest rates than most banks. But we can’t do it alone.

Expert Panelists:

Ismael Cepeda, BDC

BDC is Canada's business development bank and the only financial institution devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. We help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services, and capital, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

Suzanne Ebelher, Business Link

Business Link is Alberta’s entrepreneurial hub. We are a nonprofit organization that helps people navigate the steps towards starting their own businesses. We provide one-on-one support and guidance, market research, access to experts, training, networking opportunities, and specialized support for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Dustin Paisley, ATB Entrepreneur Centre

We're here to help. In each thing we do–mentoring, networking, banking–we're passionate about seeing your inspiration come to life. Whether you're dreaming, building, or growing, the ATB Entrepreneur Centres offer a powerful set of tools to help your business and personal finances grow together.

Wendy Coombs, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses. AWE provides unique programs and services to women at all stages of business through advising, financing, mentoring, and skills and network development.

Danny Way, Valhalla Private Capital

Valhalla started with angel network VA Angels in 2003 and has grown organically to meet the entire lifecycle needs of both businesses and investors.

Start your business. Grow your business. Sell your business. Become an angel and invest in someone else’s business. Invest in a fund. Exit your investment. Mentor an entrepreneur.

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