May 2017 Newsletter


The Sun is Shining On Calgary's Startup Community!

April showers bring May flowers (and LOTS of startup events)

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News Release

Startup Calgary becomes part of Calgary Economic Development

To support the local business community and strengthen the innovation ecosystem, Calgary Economic Development is pleased to announce Startup Calgary will become part of our organization to better serve the city’s early-stage entrepreneurs.

The official announcement will be made today during Calgary Economic Development’s annual Report to the Community lunch at the TELUS Calgary TELUS Convention Centre.

Calgary Economic Development was charged developing a local innovation framework when City Council approved the Opportunity Calgary funding initiative in February 2016. The three-year pilot project which transfers Startup Calgary’s programs and events to Calgary Economic Development was approved by City Council in April 2017.

Startup Calgary will retain its name and brand identity. 

“The Structural changes in our economy and technological shifts are changing the way we do business,” said Mary Moran, President and Chief Executive Officer at Calgary Economic Development. “The ability of an ecosystem to generate and accelerate talent, ideas and capital is crucial and with Startup Calgary under our umbrella it will help provides greater support for local entrepreneurs.”

“Startup Calgary can focus on assisting the diverse and talented people with creative ideas in this city and onboarding them into our innovation ecosystem. For the people we work with, nothing has really changed with our programs” said Alice Reimer, Chair of Startup Calgary. “I sincerely want to thank our Board of Directors, partners and volunteers because their hard work has set in motion something vital to this city.”


Startup Calgary Speaker Series

Pitching Investment for Silicon Valley 

Featuring Trent Johnsen, CEO Hookflash

Thursday, May 11  |  12:30pm - 2:00pm  | Regus Calgary Place, 330 5 Ave SW  |  FREE

An entrepreneur with a dedicated belief in the power of innovation and new technology to improve the way we work and live; Trent Johnsen has been at the forefront of successive waves of innovation throughout his career.

With pioneering work in wireless and mobile communications, Internet Data Cloud storage, Voice over IP, and Real-Time Communications software, Trent has founded and sold multiple private and public companies.

He is CEO and founder of Hookflash Inc. Hookflash has been recognized by Microsoft, Google, Cisco, and global standards bodies (W3C and IETF) as a leader in real-time communications software.

Don't miss this opportunity for insight into the hustle of a local startup story, Trent shares his experiences of pitching and raising capital in the heart of Silicon Valley. 

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Startup Events

Regus Canada 100th Centre Celebration

Thursday, May 11  |  12:30pm - 5:30pm  | Regus Calgary Place, 330 5 Ave SW  |  FREE

Join Regus Canada in celebrating the opening of their 100th centre in Canada!

Kicking off with one of Calgary's top entrepreneurs, an engaging panel discussion filled with industry experts discussing Growth in Calgary & followed by a cocktail party featuring demos from fantastic local startups.

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Best of Calgary Ideas Week

May 27 - June 2  

The Best of Calgary Ideas Week includes interactive labs, a two-day conference and the 'Best of' Bash. Join a diverse, topical flow of conversation around community throughout the week, explored through speaker sessions and panels.

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