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Student Startup Symposium

  • Bow Valley College - 2nd Floor South Campus 345 6 Avenue Southeast Calgary, AB, T2G 4V1 Canada (map)

Hosted by 150 Startups

Are you a high school or junior high student who wants to start their own business one day?

Then join us at the free Student Startup Symposium where four out-of-town speakers share how to:

  • Come up with good business ideas

  • Know which ideas have the best potential

  • Get people to become your customers

  • Grow your business beyond just one market or one geography

Designed for high school students and junior high school students the free Students Startup Symposium is a great place to:

  • Learn new business skills

  • Be inspired by fellow student entrepreneurs

  • Understand what resources are available to aspiring and first-time entrepreneurs

During the evening you'll have the chance to pick two sessions to attend.

Session Topics

  • Adam Berk: How to know if your idea is a potential winner

  • Cathy Han: How to grow yourself and your business

  • Jonathan Gottfried: How to come up with better business ideas

  • Seah Sheppard: How to get customers


Adam Berk: New York

A head mentor for the global Google Launchpad Accelerator, Adam has helped 1,000’s aspiring entrepreneurs validate their business ideas.

Cathy Han: San Francisco

A native Calgarian and a Y Combinator graduate who is on Forbes’ top 30 under 30 list, Cathy’s company recently placed 3rd at the LVMH Innovation Awards

Jonathan Gottfried: New York

A founder of ‘the’ global student hackathon league and a member of the Forbes to 30 under 30, Jon loves creating new technology and teaching people how to do the same.

Sean Sheppard: San Francisco:

A serial entrepreneur with multiple successful exits, Sean is a co-founder of GrowthX where tech entrepreneurs learn the art of sales and the science of marketing.


  • 5:30-6:15: Registration, Student Entrepreneur Showcase and Resource Fair

  • 6:15-7:00: Skill Development Session #1

  • 7:00-7:15: Student Entrepreneur Showcase and Resource Fair

  • 7:15-8:00: Skill Development Session #2

  • 8:00-8:15: Student Entrepreneur Showcase and Resource Fair

  • 8:15-8:30: Student Entrepreneur Awards & Closing

This event is hosted by Bow Valley College and is part of the 150 Startups Initiative which is spearheaded by Bow Valley College, and made possible by the generous support of the RBC Foundation, The Dobson Foundation and The Hunter Family Foundation.

Earlier Event: June 6
Later Event: June 6
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