Each day is designed to solve some of the most common problems encountered when targeting the different markets – innovators, early adopters and the early majority.

You can purchase tickets for individual tickets or the whole week, and you can stay for the entire day or part of the day.

  • Monday is for anyone looking to build an equitable entrepreneurship ecosystem or master the art of storytelling and features April Jones Boyle from Detroit and Canada’s Colleen Stewart.
  • Tuesday is for anyone looking to get Innovators as their first customers, features design sprint expert Josh David Miller from Sacramento, California, an Innovation Challenge where a team of four compete for $2,000 by applying Josh’s content to a local startup, and a pitch competition where the top two go on to the pitch competition finals on Friday afternoon.
  • Wednesday is for anyone looking to get early adopters as customers, features prototype thinking expert Topiwa Dzingai from Chicago,  an Innovation Challenge where a team of four compete for $2,000 by applying Olivia’s content to a local startup, and a pitch competition where the top two go on to the pitch competition finals on Friday afternoon.
  • Thursday is for anyone looking to get early majority  customers, features sales playbook author expert Cory Bray from Nashville,  an Innovation Challenge where a team of four compete for $2,000 by applying Cory’s content to a local startup, and a pitch competition where the top two go on to the pitch competition finals on Friday afternoon
  • Friday is for anyone looking to build or get the most out of a Startup Program and features corporate innovation expert Adam Berk from New York and two pitch competitions.

Participants will learn new tools throughout the week, exchange ideas, and share connections while developing the relationships, skills, and confidence needed to create new ideas and cross the chasm faster. 

 

Monday

8:00 Doors open, and the online session starts 

The door at Platform Calgary (407 -9th Avenue SE) will open, and the online session will start. 

Those attending in person can pick up their name badge and head to the food and beverage station located at the west end of the second floor behind the glass wall.

8:30 – 8:45  Welcome and Opening

A 10-minute welcome and overview of the 2021 Innovation Rodeo.

 

8:45 – 11:30:  KEYNOTE: Building an Equitable Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

In a city half the size of Calgary, April Boyle had 1,000 small businesses go through her ??? program.

Imagine what Alberta could do if it could replicate April’s success in a province that has 10X the population of Detroit.

 

One hundred copies of Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway’s book The Startup Community Way are available to the in-person participant during this session.

 

11:30 – 1:00:   Extended Lunch / Networking

Lunch is served in the open area between Bow Valley College’s office and classroom #1, where the by-invitation-only workshops are held Tuesday to Friday morning.

Online breakout rooms will allow participants to connect on different topics.  

 

1:00 – 3:30:  KEYNOTE: Crafting a Story Compass

Show the book cover and mention the 50 books that will be given away to the in-person participants

 

3:30 – 5:00:  Non-Alcoholic Networking

Breakout rooms will be created to allow participants to connect on different topics.  

 

Tuesday

 

8:00 Doors open, and the online session starts 

The door at Platform Calgary (407 -9th Avenue SE) will open, and the online session starts for those invited to participate in the by-invitation-only workshop. 

Those attending in person can pick up their name badge and head to classroom one, located behind the wall where the food was.

 

8:30 – 11:30:  WORKSHOP: Story Compass

 During this by-invitation-only workshop, participants will apply Colleen’s workshop to a local early-stage company selected based on company suggestions and voting results on the Startup Alberta Facebook page

Show the book cover and mention the 50 copies of books given to the in-person participants.

 

12:00 – 1:15:   KEYNOTE: Design Sprints

is a keynote session. Josh David Miller will 

During this session, Josh David Miller Will Show the book cover and mention the 50 copies of books given to the in-person participants.

 

1:15- 1:30:   Coffee/bio Break OR Virtual Networking

Breakout rooms will be created for each panellist, and there will be a 15-minute break where participants can interact directly with the panellists. 

 

1:30 – 3:30:  Innovation Challenge: Design Sprints

 Teams of up to four participants competed for $2,000 by applying the content from Josh’s session to   a local early-stage company selected based on company suggestions and voting results on the Startup Alberta Facebook page

 

3:30- 3:45:   Coffee/Virtual Networking

Breakout rooms will be created to allow participants to connect on different topics.  

 

3:45 – 4:30:  Student Pitch Competition – Regional Round #1

Each day some of the most promising first-time Entrepreneurs from Alberta’s publicly-funded colleges, universities, and polytechnics compete for daily cash prizes of $2,500 in regional rounds of the Most Promising  Student Entrepreneur pitch competitions.

The top two from each day of the regional pitch competitions move to the finals on Friday afternoon. They compete for an additional $17,500 and the chance to win one of three $12,000 US scholarships to the top Entrepreneurship Program in Silicon Valley.

Students are judged by a panel of some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs. 

 

4:30 – 5:00:  Meet the Students or Virtual Networking

Each student who pitches will have their own breakout room where you can connect with them to provide feedback, share suggestions or make introductions to people you think they should meet or have another 30 minutes in open networking rooms.  

 

Wednesday

 

8:00 Doors open, and the online session starts 

The door at Platform Calgary (407 -9th Avenue SE) will open, and the online session starts for those invited to participate in the by-invitation-only workshop. 

Those attending in person can pick up their name badge and head to classroom one, located behind the wall where the food was.

 

8:30 – 11:30:  WORKSHOP: Design Sprints

 

is keynote session Josh during this by-invitation-only workshop, participants will apply Josh David Miller’s workshop to a local early-stage company selected based on company suggestions and voting results on the Startup Alberta Facebook page

Show the book cover and mention the 50 copies of books given to the in-person participants.

12:00 – 1:15:   KEYNOTE: Prototype Thinking

During this keynote session, Tapiwa Dzingai will 

Show the book cover and mention the 50 copies of books given to the in-person participants.

 

1:15- 1:30:   Coffee/bio Break OR Virtual Networking

Breakout rooms will be created for each panellist, and there will be a 15-minute break where participants can interact directly with the panellists. 

 

1:30 – 3:30:  Innovation Challenge: Prototype Thinking

 

 

 Teams of up to four participants competed for $2,000 by applying the content from Josh’s session to   a local early-stage company selected based on company suggestions and voting results on the Startup Alberta Facebook page

 

3:30- 3:45:   Coffee/Virtual Networking

Breakout rooms will be created to allow participants to connect on different topics.  

 

3:45 – 4:30:  Student Pitch Competition – Regional Round #2

 

 

Each day some of the most promising first-time Entrepreneurs from Alberta’s publicly-funded colleges, universities, and polytechnics compete for daily cash prizes of $2,500 in regional rounds of the Most Promising  Student Entrepreneur pitch competitions.

The top two from each day of the regional pitch competitions move to the finals on Friday afternoon. They compete for an additional $17,500 and the chance to win one of three $12,000 US scholarships to the top Entrepreneurship Program in Silicon Valley.

Students are judged by a panel of some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs. 

 

4:30 – 5:00:  Meet the Students or Virtual Networking

 

Each student who pitches will have their own breakout room where you can connect with them to provide feedback, share suggestions or make introductions to people you think they should meet or have another 30 minutes in open networking rooms.  

Thursday

 

8:00 Doors open, and the online session starts 

The door at Platform Calgary (407 -9th Avenue SE) will open, and the online session starts for those invited to participate in the by-invitation-only workshop. 

Those attending in person can pick up their name badge and head to classroom one, located behind the wall where the food was.

 

8:30 – 11:30:  WORKSHOP:  Prototype Thinking

During this by-invitation-only workshop, participants will apply Colleen’s workshop to a local early-stage company selected based on company suggestions and voting results on the Startup Alberta Facebook page.

Show the book cover and mention the 50 copies of books given to the in-person participants.

 

 

 

12:00 – 1:15:   KEYNOTE: Sales Playbooks

During this keynote session Cory Bray

Show the book cover and mention the 50 copies of books given to the in-person participants.

 

 

 

1:15- 1:30:   Coffee/bio Break OR Virtual Networking

Breakout rooms will be created for each panellist, and there will be a 15-minute break where participants can interact directly with the panellists. 

 

1:30 – 3:30:  Innovation Challenge: Sales Playbooks

 

 

 Teams of up to four participants competed for $2,000 by applying the content from Josh’s session to   a local early-stage company selected based on company suggestions and voting results on the Startup Alberta Facebook page

 

3:30- 3:45:   Coffee/Virtual Networking

Breakout rooms will be created to allow participants to connect on different topics.  

 

3:45 – 4:30:  Student Pitch Competition – Regional Round #3

 

 

Each day some of the most promising first-time Entrepreneurs from Alberta’s publicly-funded colleges, universities, and polytechnics compete for daily cash prizes of $2,500 in regional rounds of the Most Promising  Student Entrepreneur pitch competitions.

The top two from each day of the regional pitch competitions move on to the finals on Friday afternoon, where they compete for an additional $17,500 and the chance to win one of three $12,000 US scholarships to the top Entrepreneurship Program in Silicon Valley.

Students are judged by a panel of some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs. 

 

4:30 – 5:00:  Meet the Students or Virtual Networking

 

Each student who pitches will have their own breakout room where you can connect with them to provide feedback, share suggestions or make introductions to people you think they should meet, or have another 30 minutes in open networking rooms.  

Friday

 

8:00 Doors open, and the online session starts 

The door at Platform Calgary (407 -9th Avenue SE) will open, and the online session starts for those invited to participate in the by-invitation-only workshop. 

Those attending in person can pick up their name badge and head to classroom one, located behind the wall where the food was.

 

8:30 – 11:30:  WORKSHOP: Sales Playbooks

During this keynote session Cory Bray.

Show the book cover and mention the 50 copies of books given to the in-person participants.

 

During this by-invitation-only workshop, participants will apply Colleen’s workshop to a local early-stage company selected based on company suggestions and voting results on the Startup Alberta Facebook page.

Show the book cover and mention the 50 copies of books given to the in-person participants.

 

 

 

12:00 – 1:15:   KEYNOTE: Startup Program Design

During this keynote session, Josh David Miller will 

Show the book cover and mention the 50 copies of books given to the in-person participants.

 

1:00 – 1:15:   Coffee/Bio Break OR Virtual Networking

Take a 15-minute break or take advantage of open networking rooms. 

 

1:15 – 2:15:  Crowd Favourite Pitch Competition

Six of Calgary’s newest tech startup founders from Calgary’s technical upskilling programs (EdgeUp, EvolveU and Lighthouse Labs) compete in a pitch competition that gives away all ticket proceeds from the week-long event, and Friday’s participants pick the winners.

 

2:15 – 2:30:   Coffee/bio Break OR Virtual Networking

Take a 15-minute break or take advantage of open networking rooms.

 

2:30 – 3:30:  Student Pitch Competition – FINALS

The six finalists from the regional rounds of the student pitch competition pitch to early-stage investors as they compete for an additional $17,500 in cash and the chance to win one of three $12,000 US scholarships to the top Entrepreneurship Program in Silicon Valley.

 

3:30 – 3:45:  Winners of the pitch competitions announced

 

3:45 – 4:30:  Meet the Students or Virtual Networking

Each student who pitches will have their own breakout room where you can connect with them to provide feedback, share suggestions, or make introductions to people you think they should meet. You can also have another 45 minutes to take advantage of open networking roomsw

Prize Sponsors

Bennet Jones

Prize Sponsors

150 startup Founding Partners

RBC Hunter Family Foundation