ZayZoon won The A100 One to Watch Award at Launch Party 2016

On November 17, 2016, 700 members of the startup community celebrated the accomplishments of Calgary tech entrepreneurs at the Red and White Club during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Of the attendees, 30% were founders, 11% worked at or with tech startups, and 6% were investors. The room was full of energy, excitement and people looking to connect.

“Launch Party has become the best networking event in the city for tech entrepreneurs” - Ray de Paul Director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Mount Royal University

The Top 10 Startups


Just like the Calgary Stampeders practicing for the Western Final on the field behind them, the Top 10 Startups brought endless hustle to Demo Alley where they showcased their products and services.

From Red Iron Labs’ virtual reality demo, to Debbie the pug from Spot Walk, there was never a dull moment. To satisfy your inner scientist, Interface Fluidics’ brought back memories of childhood science fairs with their mini laboratory, while MycoRemedy was blowing minds with fungi-based remediation techniques! If attendees were looking for a boost, Gifty, and their coffee partner Monogram, were preparing lattes for anyone who redeemed a Gifty (aka texting a coffee to a friend!) If you were looking to satisfy your taste buds, advertiise was giving out branded cookies and TasteTro was creating revolutionary spice blends. The buzz continued along Demo Alley all night.

“Launch Party gave advertiise the opportunity to showcase its platform and demonstrate its unique services to 700 potential users and community members, while solidifying its place as a key startup amongst the startup community." - Mark Vella, Founder & CEO of advertiise

John Minchin, Co-founder of Spot, holding Debbie the pug, talking with Kari Gordon, Executive Director of Startup Calgary


Kelcie Miller-Anderson, Founder of MycoRemedy pitching for Launch Party attendees

VC Rapid Round


Left to right: Frank Turner; Amy Rae; Priya Saiprasad; and Minh Le

The “VC Rapid Round”, presented by Osler, featured venture capitalists from both Canada and the United States who discussed how early-stage startups can attract investment. The panel, moderated by Frank Turner, Partner at Osler, included Amy Rae, Principal at Vanedge Capital; Priya Saiprasad, Principal at Microsoft Ventures; and Minh Le, Market Manager at Silicon Valley Bank.


Award Winners

The Rod Charko Service Award


The third annual Rod Charko Service Award, presented by Rod’s son, Bradley Charko, was awarded to Alice Reimer for her hard work creating an impact in Calgary’s entrepreneurial community.

"The top 10 startups at Launch Party demonstrated how far the Calgary community has come in both tech and entrepreneurship. I am proud to support such an amazing group of entrepreneurs and will continue to do so in any way that I can." - Alice Reimer, Startup Calgary Board Member and Rod Charko Service Award Winner

The A100 One to Watch


The A100’s Calgary-based members and Cynthia van Sundert, Executive Director of The A100, awarded ZayZoon with The A100 One to Watch Award. Out of the top 10, ZayZoon displayed characteristics of a company that is most likely to succeed.

“The Calgary startup community is clearly thriving and it was great to see everyone get together to celebrate that at Launch Party. We were thrilled to receive The A100 One to Watch Award and have already seen the benefits of being recognized after connecting with some of The A100 members since Launch Party.” - Tate Hackert, Founder of ZayZoon

The People's Choice Award


Launch Party attendees used the mobile app developed by Uppercut to select the winner of the People’s Choice Award, Paper.

Accelerate Fund II Announcement



Kristina Williams, President and CEO of Alberta Enterprise, announced the launch of Accelerate Fund II, providing $10 million for Alberta startups with Brad Johns of Yaletown Venture Partners and David Edmonds of The A100, as Fund Managers.

Thank You

Thank you to all of Launch Party sponsors, community partners, volunteers and supporters for making the evening such a success! Can’t wait to see you all again next year!

Check out the Launch Party 2016 video here

Photography and Video Production by Jenn Richardson & Mike MacDonald of Azra Images. Follow them on Instagram