Everything you need to know about Edmonton Startup Week

Edmonton Startup Week is coming straight at you! From October 18-22, there are over 50 virtual events from members of the amazing innovation community, including the Innovate Edmonton and Startup Edmonton teams.  

This year, we also look forward to showcasing 10 of Edmonton’s hottest new companies at the 12th edition of Launch Party.  

But what is Edmonton Startup Week? Glad you asked! Here are some frequently asked questions about the annual celebration, and how it once again looks different this year but remains awesome!

What is Edmonton Startup Week? 

Part of a global network of cities brought together by Techstars, Edmonton Startup Week is a five-day celebration of learning, discussion, and networking, bringing entrepreneurs, business leaders, community champions, and friends together to build momentum and opportunity around Edmonton’s unique startup culture and entrepreneurial identity.

I’m not an entrepreneur. Is it OK if I attend an event? 

Absolutely! Edmonton Startup Week is for anyone interested in startups. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur or even have an idea to pitch—all you need is an interest in startups, entrepreneurialism, meeting people, and having a good time!

What is Launch Party? 

Launch Party is Edmonton Startup Week’s flagship event that showcases our city’s brightest entrepreneurs and their technology-enabled products, celebrating everything that our startup community has to offer.  

Why is it called Launch Party? 

Launch Party was modeled after the highly successful Launch Party Vancouver series from the Bootup Entrepreneurial Society, which has grown into the city’s flagship tech/startup event. 

When was the first Launch Party? 

The first Launch Party took place in 2010, and it featured the following 10 companies: Beamdog, Connect13, Edistorm, Empire Avenue, FotoJournal, Mailout Interactive, PureInbox, Seek Your Own Proof, SnowSeekers, and Yardstick Software. Since then, over 100 Edmonton companies have launched their businesses during startup week.  

So Launch Party is older than Edmonton Startup Week? Huh? 

While the inaugural Launch Party happened in 2010, it wasn’t until 2014 that the first Edmonton Startup Week happened — and Launch Party 5 along with it. 

How many startups have been part of the Launch Party series? 

Since 2010, more than 100 Edmonton-based technology companies have launched products at Launch Party events, including rapidly growing teams like ZEPT, Jobber, Drivewyze, Poppy Barley, and Showbie.

How many companies are part of this year’s Launch Party? 

This is the 12th annual edition of Launch Party, and this year the following 10 companies are showcasing their products:

You can learn about them at https://www.edmontonstartupweek.com/launch-party-12.  

How were companies chosen to be included in a Launch Party event? 

Applications were reviewed by a committee of startup and innovation community members. Companies didn’t need to be in a Startup Edmonton program to qualify for Launch Party, and there was no cost to participate. The 2021 selection committee members included:  

  • Nathan Ip, Lead Program Manager, Startup Edmonton

  • Allie Knull, Founder & CEO, ResumeFree

  • Tim Kwok, Analyst, Panache Ventures

Why is Edmonton Startup Week 2021 virtual? 

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and the current restrictions in place, we decided to shift Edmonton Startup Week online. Last year’s virtual week had over 5,000 attendees, 90 community events, and over 2000 online engagements—it was (hashtag) AWESOME and we’re hoping to recreate that this year.

We’re going to do our best to make sure you can celebrate, learn a new skill, and explore a startup’s culture at Edmonton Startup Week and Launch Party 12.

HOW DOES EDMONTON STARTUP WEEK KICKOFF?

To kick off our favourite time of year we’re planning something extra special on October 18th, 2021, thanks to our friends at the Downtown Business Association of Edmonton. While we work on a patch for all the bugs, you can still add this event to your calendar!  

This is all very sus…we know.🤨 
 
What we can say: Stickers, swag, and a treasure hunt? Maybe. Add to your schedule and find out Oct 18th as we kick off the 8th annual Edmonton Startup Week! Oh and make sure to follow @startupedmonton on Twitter and Instagram #yegsw21  

Do I still need to buy tickets for this year’s Edmonton Startup Week?

All the events at this year’s Startup Week are free and open to the public, but space is limited for certain events, such as Launch Party 12. For other Startup Week events, all you need to do is RSVP.