Hello Rainforest Community!
It is such a pleasure to be joining you. In only a few short weeks on the job it's obvious that this ecosystem is, in fact, full of dreamers and doers.
As a social entrepreneur and self-proclaimed Jill-of-all trades, I have worked in several sectors within various roles. Most recently I spent three years supporting entrepreneurs through training programs and business coaching and I have also been dabbling in business exit planning. The innovation sector has been tapping on my shoulder for a while now and I just knew I had to play a bigger role in the ecosystem - so here I am.
Recognizing that Covid19 has affected us all differently in our ability to participate in online activities and events, we set out to capture feedback from the community. Responses will further our future activites including:
After soliciting over 100 responses, this presentation is a summary of the results and observations made.
The original survey can be found here.
For reference, earlier this year a preliminary report to community was created based on data collected over one month of observing participation at ecosystem events. Review the Inclusion in the YYC Innovation Ecosystem report.
Questions about either report can be directed to Kourtney.
Touring looks slightly different when you can't visit the location of some of our established and up and coming tech companies and support organizations. We've still pulled together a summer of inspiration to help you learn more about growing a tech company in Alberta. Join us weekly to hear in depth from these community builders.
We continue to meet on zoom weekly, the exception being July 8th (see more below).
July 22nd tour stop will be annouced soon!
Partering with Bow Valley College - we invite you to attend the Innovation Rodeo on Wednesday July 8th. Use the discount code IR-Rainforest-2020 for 50% off tickets that day.
Wednesday is for anyone looking to hire their first salesperson, build a highly effective and scalable sales team or attract early-stage investors and has a kick-off speaker, a sales experts panel, Ask Me Anything sessions with top sales experts, and a pitch competition.
We've been offered 50% off for Monday as well. If you're keen to get that side hustle going make sure to check in at 3:15 to hear Melinda speak. The full schedule for the Innovation Rodeo can be found here.
Start Up Genome Survey
A few weeks ago, many of you participated in a survey conducted by the Alberta
Innovation Corridor asking how the COVID-19 and economic crises were hitting Alberta
startups. The corridor partners (CED, Innovate Edmonton, Platform Calgary) have since
communicated these impacts to government representatives to advocate on the
ecosystem’s behalf. The corridor partners have now also partnered with Startup Genome
to compare our ecosystem’s trends, policies, and financial support for startups with other
jurisdictions around the world. This partnership will help us gain insights on how those
that were hit earlier are responding to learn what is working, and what is a waste of time.
To support this initiative, we ask for your continued help by participating in regular surveys
(every 2 months) to be conducted by Startup Genome. The founder survey takes 5-6 minutes to complete and is completely confidential. All startups’ data are aggregated and anonymized. This survey is geared toward technology startup founders of companies <10 years old.
● If you closed your startup permanently, start from here
● If you are working to continue, even with paused operations, click here
Please pass on these links to anyone you know who has a start up.
Staying connected to the ecosystem is vital to our recovery. Many groups and organizations have pivoted to offering online courses, webinars, and meetups. Weekly at Lunch Without Lunch the community shares their knowledge of the many offerings.
Start Up Calgary
Data for Good
Listen & Learn
The Rainforest Podcast continues to post a weekly conversation between to community members. There are over 60 episodes with hosts and guests across Edmonton and Calgary.
The podcast is also hosted by a mix of community members - hosts are always needed.