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Mount Royal University Bissett School of Business EB Atrium, 4825 Mount Royal Gate Southwest, Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

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

  • Three tickets to The Cloud Factory in Banff on April 7 and 8th, 2014 sponsored by Canadian Cloud Council and Boast Capital.
  • Participation for two team members in Calgary NEXT (a 5-week pre-accelerator program developed by Steve Blank, TechStars, Google for Entrepreneurs and Startup Weekend) sponsored by Startup Calgary and Innovate Calgary.
  • All-inclusive Management retreat for the whole team sponsored by The Banff Centre.
  • One free desk for three months at Assembly Coworking Space.
  • Two spots in Innovate Calgary's Toolkit Series.
  • Full year access to all monthly workshops by Idea2Inception.

Second Place

  • Participation for two team members in Calgary NEXT (a 5-week pre-accelerator program developed by Steve Blank, TechStars, Google for Entrepreneurs and Startup Weekend) sponsored by Startup Calgary and Innovate Calgary.
  • Two spots in Innovate Calgary's Toolkit Series.
  • Full year access to all monthly workshops by Idea2Inception.

Third Place

  • Participation for two team members in Calgary NEXT (a 5-week pre-accelerator program developed by Steve Blank, TechStars, Google for Entrepreneurs and Startup Weekend) sponsored by Startup Calgary and Innovate Calgary.
  • Full year access to all monthly workshops by Idea2Inception.

Additionally, all teams will receive:
  • Free access to Microsoft Bizspark.
  • Free access to a post-event Startup Legal workshop by Bennett Jones.
  • Free .CO domain name for 12 months.
  • $1,000 worth of transaction credits on merchee to accept credit card payments and manage recurring subscriptions
  • 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.

Refund Policy:  No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.



Feb 7
  • 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


Feb 8
  • 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


Feb 9
  • 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
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup & after party
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

Pat Lor

CEO, Dissolve

Patrick Lor is CEO of Dissolve, a stock footage company that helps creatives, marketers, and brands tell better stories with video. He was co-founder of iStockphoto, the world's first crowd sourced stock photography community, which was sold to Getty Images for US$50 million in 2006. Most recently, he was head of North American operations for Fotolia, a stock photography community backed by private equity firm KKR. He has also held senior marketing and product development roles at Adobe's Image Club Graphics Division.

Patrick is active in the tech ecosystem with organizations including: iNovia Capital, Flightpath Ventures, Version One Ventures,,,, University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, GrowLab, and FounderFuel.

Jason Innes

Partner, Uncommon Innovation

Jason is a Product and Business Strategist with over 9 years of experience successfully conceiving, evaluating and developing new products as both a consultant and as a Product Manager for successful technology companies including SaaS providers Neteller and Evoco. Jason was instrumental in building the product management discipline at Neteller (international online money transfer service) and as Product Manager for Payments helped launch several new payment options and foreign currencies, increasing revenue key markets. At Evoco (online construction management), Jason was involved in the conception, evaluation, development and launch of 5 core products in a 2 year period (used by clients such as Walmart and Lowe’s). Jason has been a key participant in corporate strategy development and planning and obtained a Product Management Certificate from Pragmatic Marketing. Key to Jason’s success is his ability to combine his strong technical background with business fundamentals to create and launch great products that address clear market needs.

Anette Ceraficki

Founder, Confab

Anette is the founder of Confab, a communication tool that facilitates ongoing conversation and feedback for workplace teams. Anette took first place at Startup Weekend in Feb 2012 and subsequently won the Canadian Cloud Showdown pitch contest.

Gold Sponsors

Kelly Cherniwchan

COO, Circle Cardiovascular Imaging

Peter Calverley

CFO, Tela Innovations

Ray DePaul

Director of Entrepreneurship, Mount Royal University

Tara Kelly

Founder and CEO, SPLICE Software

Jason Innes

Partner, Uncommon Innovation


Anette Ceraficki

Founder, Confab

Arpad Barabas

CEO, Mobizou

Andrew Sanden

Entrepreneur Advisor, Innovate Calgary

Christian MacLean

Cofounder & CEO, BeauCoo

Christina Greenway

Partner, AdJoy Ventures

Doug Hagedorn

CEO, Invici Technologies

Hisham Al-Shurafa

Cofounder, SnapDx and Chairman, Startup Calgary

Joshua Pinter

Founder, Insight Emissions

Marc Gagne

Senior Developer Evangelist, Microsoft

Peter Calverley

CFO, Tela Innovations

Sharon McIntyre

CMO, Chaordix

Stephanie Chan

Cofounder, EdSpot

Stephen Guppy

Cofounder, GNS3

Tegan Watson

Product Strategist, Uncommon Innovation

Tom Bielecki

Cofounder, PrintToPeer

Tori MacLean

Cofounder & CMO, BeauCoo

Tracey Scarlett

CEO, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs

Media Sponsors
Kylie Toh
Justin Nowak
Devesh Dwivedi
Andrew Browne
Camille McInnis
Stephanie Chan
Rob Foxall
Lloyed Lobo


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