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Game Changers: How I Became a Founder

  • Festival Hall 1215 10 Avenue Southeast Calgary, AB, T2G 0W6 Canada (map)

Hosted by Startup Calgary

Becoming a founder is hard. Stop wondering what if and find out what it takes.

Join Startup Calgary on May 3rd to learn from four founders who are building companies, managing hectic schedules, and know how to GSD (get $h*t done). Learn why they chose the entrepreneurial path, how their experiences brought them to where they are today, and what’s next as they scale their businesses.

Whether you’re already running a company or aspire to be an entrepreneur, you are guaranteed to learn something new during this unscripted discussion moderated by Kim Smith, Senior Manager, Community Partnerships, Business & Agriculture ATB Financial. From healthcare to retail, these entrepreneurs will bring their unique journeys to the table to help you find your own story in each of them.

Featured Speakers:

Kim Smith, Senior Manager, Community Partnerships, Business & Agriculture ATB Financial


Emily Baadsvik, Co-owner/Operator of Wild Tea Kombucha. Wild Tea is a bold fermented tea that is blended with fresh pressed juices to create delicious cocktail inspired flavours.


Dominique Fraser, Founder & CEO TeamFund. TeamFund streamlines the entire fundraising process and saves you and your sellers time.


Katie Nedjelski, Owner, Bloom Kids Essentials. Bloom produces super soft, comfortable, organic cotton kids underwear that stays put. Trusted by Parents, Loved by Kids.


Meaghan Nolan, COO & Co-Founder, Mikata Health. Mikata Health provides tools for doctors and patients to work better together.


These five entrepreneurs are excited to talk to you about why they continue to choose the path of entrepreneurship and how they became founders.


4:00 - 4:30 pm – Registration and Happy Hour
4:30 - 5:15 pm – Moderated panel
5:15 - 5:30 – Audience Q&A
5:30 - 5:55 pm – Roundtable Discussion & Networking
5:55 - 6:00 pm – Wrap Up

Join the Startup Community

We launched a free Startup Calgary Community Membership to help you stay on top of community events, resources and updates. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free downloadable version of our Startup Community 101 deck. You can sign-up here:

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