Calgary’s startup community takes on Startupfest

Startupfest 2019  Photo credit: Click Flash Photography

Startupfest 2019

Photo credit: Click Flash Photography

Calgary took Startupfest by storm for the third year in a row! Seven Calgary startups, three community members and three Startup Weekend participants joined Startup Calgary in Montreal, July 9 - 13, 2019.

This fast-paced event offers world-class content and strategic networking events, bringing founders from all over the globe together to learn from each other, engage with other startup communities and pitch for investment.

This year, Startupfest was held at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Notre-Dame, with spectacular and lush scenery, it was a stunning venue that provided easy connection for attendees.

Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Notre-Dame.  Photo credit: Click Flash Photography

Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Notre-Dame.

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The Calgary Tent, Tent Village  Photo credit: Click Flash Photography

The Calgary Tent, Tent Village

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The Calgary tent showcased seven of Calgary’s top tech startups and the delegation was joined by community members from organizations Business Development of Canada (BDC), Alberta Enterprise Corporation and past Startup Weekend participants.

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The Calgary delegation hosted its 2nd second annual Calgary Stampede- sponsored Pancake Breakfast, where Calgary startups and community members flipped pancakes, hosted guests and put on a line dancing show!

Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfast. Left to right: Catherine Dabels & Danielle Torrie (Startup Calgary), Brandon Healey (Bootkik), Steve Bodi (Goodlawyer), Christiana Manzocco (Alberta Enterprise Corporation), Dave Cree (CMNGD), David Yiptong & Bilal Rasool (Platform Calgary), Lorraine Decker (community member), Pierre Wijdenes (Neuraura), Raj Nayak (Startup Weekend participant), Umair Tazeem (Embold), Claire Dixon (Neuraura)  Photo credit: Click Flash Photography

Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfast. Left to right: Catherine Dabels & Danielle Torrie (Startup Calgary), Brandon Healey (Bootkik), Steve Bodi (Goodlawyer), Christiana Manzocco (Alberta Enterprise Corporation), Dave Cree (CMNGD), David Yiptong & Bilal Rasool (Platform Calgary), Lorraine Decker (community member), Pierre Wijdenes (Neuraura), Raj Nayak (Startup Weekend participant), Umair Tazeem (Embold), Claire Dixon (Neuraura)

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Line dancing at the Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfast  Photo credit: Click Flash Photography

Line dancing at the Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfast

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Flipping pancakes left to right: Danielle Torrie, Dave Cree (CMNGD), Bilal Rasool & David Yiptong (Platform Calgary), Jay Maharaj (community member).  Photo credit: Click Flash Photography

Flipping pancakes left to right: Danielle Torrie, Dave Cree (CMNGD), Bilal Rasool & David Yiptong (Platform Calgary), Jay Maharaj (community member).

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In the Tent Village, Co.Labs (Saskatoon), Cultivator (Regina), Platform Calgary and Startup Calgary partnered to host Uniting the Prairies Happy Hour. With the promise of an ice cold beer at the peak of Montreal heat, festival attendees were drawn in to connect with representatives from Calgary and Saskatchewan to learn about each startup community.

David Yiptong, Platform Calgary  Photo credit: Click Flash Photography

David Yiptong, Platform Calgary

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Attending companies had multiple opportunities to pitch for investment, including: the $100K Investment Pitch Prize, the Grandmother’s Choice and the $100K Women in Tech Prize. Goodlawyer, VeloGuide and Neuraura were selected to pitch on-stage at some of the pre-conference workshops, including the Funding Workshop and the BDC Women in Tech Bootcamp.

Hannah Cree, CMNGD (Common Good)  Photo credit: Click Flash Photography

Hannah Cree, CMNGD (Common Good)

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Steve Bodi, Goodlawyer.  Photo credit: Click Flash Photography

Steve Bodi, Goodlawyer.

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“Startupfest 2019 was an awesome experience, and being connected to the Startup Calgary crew is so helpful at these events. Startup Calgary's team is always in your corner, supporting & encouraging you to make some great business moves. Excited about some of the investor meetings and new clients we're currently scheduling from Startupfest!” Brandon Healey, Business Development and Partnerships Lead at Bootkik.

Grandmother’s Choice Pitch Line  Photo credit: Click Flash Photography

Grandmother’s Choice Pitch Line

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Danielle Torrie & Catherine Dabels, Startup Calgary; Shona Reilly, Calgary Economic Development; Brandon Healey, Bootkik

Danielle Torrie & Catherine Dabels, Startup Calgary; Shona Reilly, Calgary Economic Development; Brandon Healey, Bootkik

Thanks to generous donations from WestJet and the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, Startup Calgary held a business card draw to encourage attendees to come to our city. One lucky winner was provided with 2 tickets to anywhere WestJet flys, a 3 three-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown and two 2 tickets to Startup Calgary Launch Party on November 12 at The Big Four, Stampede Park.

Tent Village, Startupfest 2019  Photo credit: Click Flash Photography

Tent Village, Startupfest 2019

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 “When speaking to some other startups, they mentioned how impressive it was how Calgary had a strong presence at the event. Startup Calgary has a great team that continuously thinks about how they can make a positive impact on the journey of founders and goes out of their way to do so. I consider myself very fortunate to have connected with Startup Calgary early in my journey.” Umair Tazeem, Founder of Embold

The Calgary crew became known for its high energy, bright t-shirts and community spirit. Thank you to all the companies and community members who made this experience a success! Want to see the photos? Check out our Facebook album here.

Huge thanks to our partners Platform Calgary, Cultivator and Co.Labs.

 
 
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And to our sponsors at the Calgary Stampede.