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The City of Calgary Municipal Building Atrium, Calgary, AB

Startup Weekend Calgary - Solutions For Your City

Join Startup Calgary and the City of Calgary for the next edition of Startup Weekend where you will be creating innovative solutions using open data provided by the City. Your goal is to identify an issue or problem in the community and build a new tool or service to address it. Your solution should improve service delivery and/ or enhance the daily lives of the residents of Calgary.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with more than 8,000 startups created in over 100 countries around the world.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation resulting in a minimum viable product (MVP).

The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders where the top three teams are awarded prizes in addition to bragging rights and media coverage.

 

First Place

  • The City may, in its sole discretion, offer the registered participant(s) who developed the winning application the opportunity to develop their idea or application under contract to The City.
  • Participation for two team members in Calgary NEXT (a 5-week pre-accelerator program developed by UP Global, TechStars, and Google for Entrepreneurs) sponsored by Startup Calgary and Innovate Calgary.
  • $500 voucher towards Innovate Calgary's programs/ services.


Second Place

  • $300 voucher towards Innovate Calgary's programs/ services.


Third Place

  • $150 voucher towards Innovate Calgary's programs/ services.

 

Additionally, all teams will receive:

  • Free .CO domain name for 12 months.
  • Free cloud-based compute and storage resources for one year sponsored by CANARIE and Startup Calgary.
  • Whether you start a company, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, you're guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!


*STUDENTS: Use code "STUDENT" and pay just $49. You will be required to show your Student ID at the door.
**The will be NO REFUNDS granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered.

Schedule

Friday

Aug 22
  • Registration starts
  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Opening Speakers
  • Dinner
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Aug 23
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Start Hacking, Hustling & Designing
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Working Dinner: How To Perfect Your Pitch
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Aug 24
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup & after party
  • Go home!
Organizers
Kylie Toh
Camille McInnis
Devesh Dwivedi
Lloyed Lobo
Blog

THANK YOU.

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