Startup Weekend February 2019 Recap

L to R: Christy Clement, Raheem Noormohamed & Linda Zhu (Team MyJobHub)

L to R: Christy Clement, Raheem Noormohamed & Linda Zhu (Team MyJobHub)

Have an idea but don’t know how to validate it, build a team and launch your product? Techstars Startup Weekend, hosted by Startup Calgary, is held three times a year and brings a minimum of ten ideas to life from Friday to Sunday night!

Startup Weekend welcomes entrepreneurial minds of all ages and experience levels to pitch a brand new idea on Friday. It brings together team members and the resources needed to pitch a base-level product to a team of judges on Sunday night. Every participant has the opportunity to step into a new role whether it be leadership or trying web development for the first time.

Linda Zhu (Team MyJobHub)

Linda Zhu (Team MyJobHub)

Bruno Steppuhn (Team Board Game Bin)

Bruno Steppuhn (Team Board Game Bin)

“Returning to Startup Weekend for the second time around was an incredibly humbling experience. I met and collaborated with an exceptional team of individuals who had a wealth of skills and experience,” says Linda Zhu, Team MyJobHub and Student at the Haskayne School of Business. “What was most humbling was that my team allowed me the opportunity to take the lead, despite the fact that they were more senior to me and well established in their respective fields.”

“Attending Startup Weekend was a big eye opener for me. Coming from a non-business background, I was thrust into an industry that thrives on innovation, mentorship and networking,” says Ramneet Kainth, Team Board Game Bin. “I experienced more than I could have imagined and will spend a few weeks processing all the big and small lessons learned.”

L to R: Nishita Wadhwani & Regine Siamen (Team Service Swap)

L to R: Nishita Wadhwani & Regine Siamen (Team Service Swap)

February 2019 Teams:

  • Board Game Bin is a direct to consumer platform for boutique board games.

  • CargoHaul is like Uber for the trucking industry, enabling trucking companies to fill unused capacity & track shipments.

  • allows medical students to interact with virtual patients.

  • Dream2Do helps people transition into tech careers, giving them a platform to share a detailed portfolio that can evolve as feedback is received.

  • IdeaRize is a crowdfunding platform to fund solutions to local problems.

  • MyJobHub is a multi-sided platform that pairs students with employers for personalized coaching to support students through their career development process.

  • Phlex connects small businesses with affordable amateur photographers who can capture high quality content.

  • Recycle Right provides smart tools to help ensure that our recycling, waste and compost are sorted properly.

  • Service Swap offers a matching service for money free business transactions.

  • Team EV Marine plans to develop an electric drivetrain for boats.

  • Text Travel provides an easy, efficient, Canada-wide used bookstore for university textbooks and swag.

After a tough deliberation, the Startup Weekend judges selected the top three teams to win prizes donated by our local sponsors including free full-access passes to Startupfest and a 6-month membership to Work Nicer:

  • 1st Place: Service Swap

  • 2nd Place: IdeaRize

  • 3rd Place:


Thank you to all of our local sponsors, speakers, judges and community coaches who made this event possible!

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