Early Bird Tickets for Startup Calgary Launch Party 2015 are on sale now until October 30!

**In partnership with Startup Calgary Launch Party You’re invited to join us as we celebrate entrepreneurship & innovation in our community! Startup Calgary Launch Party will be back on Thursday, November 19, 2015 and it’s going to be better than ever. Seriously. What’s Launch Party, you ask? Startup Calgary’s annual Launch Party recognizes the city’s most innovative startups. Period. In two years or less, these companies have gone from sketches on the back of a napkin to generating $2 million or less in revenue in information and communication technology (ICT). At Launch Party you’ll meet other community members, interact with our city’s top 10 startups and celebrate entrepreneurship during Global Entrepreneurship Week! “I had layers of great experiences at [Launch Party]. Returning to Calgary after several years away, I was able to create new contacts and had conversations that were both meaningful and inspiring. Well done!” – Launch Party 2014 attendee Why attend Launch Party 2015? Come celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with your local Calgary startup community including: startups, investors, supporters, corporations, government and media. Calgary’s top 10 startups with be attending and you will be given the opportunity to vote for your favourite during the People’s Choice Award! Looking for inspiration and a Calgary startup success story? Listen to special guest Carly Gloge, Founder of Ubooly and Smart Toy, as she shares her experience in tech and entrepreneurship. I am thrilled to return to my hometown for Launch Party this year to meet up and coming founders. Calgary has a unique opportunity to build an entrepreneurial community and diversify through the tech sector. Events like Launch Party are...
Entrepreneurial Spirit Defined By Young Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial Spirit Defined By Young Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial spirit is a word getting thrown around a lot these days. The government of Alberta whether it be for job creation or for educational purposes has highlighted the importance of creating skilled workers that possess this tendency towards the entrepreneurial.  But, what is entrepreneurial spirit? How does this change someone’s actions and how does it get instilled into someone at an early age? The spirit of an entrepreneur is often characterized by being passionate, creative, risk tolerant, resilient and excited to fail and learn from their experiences.  We asked a series of young entrepreneurs that are starting out their journey if entrepreneurial spirit was important in the world today and here are some of the responses we received…   “Yes, it is. We have come to a time were the world is getting smaller, as the world population is continually increasing. The standard of living is increasing for most people as technology, health care etc. is getting better but at the same time we are also neglecting other things such as the environment. An idea that originated somewhere may be of important use to many people so it is good that we share our ideas and work together as a collective, improving the world for everyone and for future generations.” -Liya, Undergraduate Student UofC, finalist in the RBC Fast Pitch Competition 2015  ” I guess I have an entrepreneurial spirit. I do think that it’s part of me. I learned it from my dad – constantly building things and tinkering with things, always making stuff better. An entrepreneurial spirit means constantly questioning the world around you, constantly noticing what’s happening...
Student Innovations “Rolling” our Way!

Student Innovations “Rolling” our Way!

When muscle pain strikes, there isn’t anything better than a massage and a common product used for pains and strains is a muscle roller.  ThermFit Tech has developed a powerful innovation that hopes to make therapists and their clients lives easier. ThermFit Tech has recently been part of the JMH LaunchPad Pitch Competition, a student start-up comeptition hosted by Mount Royal University to help launch ideas into real products. We met with Jesse and Jamie, the brains behind ThermFit Tech and asked them about their recent journey… Q: Can you tell us a bit about the program you are enrolled in at university? Why did you choose it, and what do you hope to do after graduating? Jesse:  I have completed three years of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Calgary.  I chose engineering because I enjoy the technical work involved with the discipline.  I hope to work in the oil and gas industry as an engineer upon graduation. Jamie: I have completed three years of accounting at Mount Royal University. I chose accounting because I felt it could help broaden my knowledge of business. My initial plan was to work in oil and gas, aiding companies in making key sound financial decisions. Q: What has your entrepreneurship course(s) taught you? We’ve both always been intrigued by the thought of building a company/product that provides value. Entrepreneurship offers the ultimate blank canvas to help develop, and build a company from the ground up. “Don’t be afraid to fail. You can’t be paralyzed by the fear of failure, you truly have to jump in with both feet and buy into...
Interview with Stephanie from Eco-LOGic

Interview with Stephanie from Eco-LOGic

Meet Stephanie, a student attending the University of Calgary out to change the face of how we thinking about a weekend camping experience.  She is one of the co-founders of Eco-LOGic and no stranger to pitching her company on stage.  She recently was selected as one of the finalists for the RBC Fast Pitch Competition hosted at the Haskayne school of business at the University of Calgary.  Top entrepreneurs from the University pitched their businesses for cash and prizes. We caught up with Stephanie and asked her a couple of questions about her experience so far… Q: Can you tell us a bit about the program you are enrolled in at university? Why did you choose it, and what do you hope to do after graduating? At first, I was enrolled in the class because it was a required class to take at the University of Calgary. But after taking the class, I can see why it is, as it teaches great things to not only start a business but also to use in any another project at school or in many other situations. Q: What has your entrepreneurship course(s) taught you? It taught me to get out of my desk and go talk to people. Not everything can be done through the Internet, the best source for research is primary data which comes from interviews, focus groups and just talking to people. Q: Tell us about your entrepreneurial venture. What was the problem you were trying to solve? The problem that eco-LOGic is trying to solve is deforestation, which came from our combined passion of being outdoors as well as create a greener future for...
Interview with Liya From Eco-LOGic

Interview with Liya From Eco-LOGic

Meet Liya, a student attending the University of Calgary out to change the face of how we thinking about a weekend camping experience.  She is one of the co-founders of Eco-LOGic and no stranger to pitching her company on stage.  She recently was selected as one of the finalists for the RBC Fast Pitch Competition hosted at the Haskayne school of business at the University of Calgary.  Top entrepreneurs from the University pitched their businesses for cash and prizes. We caught up with Liya and asked her a couple of questions about her experience so far… Q: Can you tell us a bit about the program you are enrolled in at university? Why did you choose it, and what do you hope to do after graduating? I am enrolled in the Accounting program. I picked the program because it allows for great opportunities to work in different sectors. After graduating I hope to get some work experience and work on attaining hopefully my MBA.   “I used to think that entrepreneurship was only for some people… is once I took this entrepreneurship class I realized that it is in fact for everyone.”   Q: What has your entrepreneurship course(s) taught you? The entrepreneurship class taught me that in today’s workforce it is not sufficient to “just” do the expected workload but one is expected to be inventive and think out of the box to help contribute to the organization’s overall work performance and environment. Companies are looking for fresh outlooks and people that dare to bring different ideas to the plate. Q: Tell us about your entrepreneurial venture. What was the problem you were trying...
Interview with Venus from Eco-LOGic

Interview with Venus from Eco-LOGic

Meet Venus, a student attending the University of Calgary out to change the face of how we thinking about a weekend camping experience.  She is one of the co-founders of Eco-LOGic and no stranger to pitching her company on stage.  She recently was selected as one of the finalists for the RBC Fast Pitch Competition hosted at the Haskayne school of business at the University of Calgary.  Top entrepreneurs from the University pitched their businesses for cash and prizes. We caught up with Venus and asked her a couple of questions about her experience so far… Q: Can you tell us a bit about the program you are enrolled in at university? Why did you choose it, and what do you hope to do after graduating? I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program in Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. My concentration is Human Resources. I am also double majoring in Psychology under the Bachelor of Arts program, with an interest in Organizational Psychology. I chose these programs due to my passion in improving business process efficiency and in bettering organizational coherence. I hope to become a Human Resources Manager or an Organizational Consultant in the future. Q: What has your entrepreneurship course(s) taught you? Entrepreneurship 317 (Entrepreneurial Thinking) has taught me how to create a solution to an everyday problem or to “scratch your own itch”. It has also coached the students in actively solving problems and looking at an issue from different angles to search for the optimal solution(s). This course provided us a closer look to the real world experience. Q: Tell us about your entrepreneurial venture....