Calgary’s startup community got together at the Startup Calgary Launch Party over the weekend at the University of Calgary.
Techstars’ Brad Feld delivered a keynote address via Skype and Chris Kemp, cofounder of Nebula and OpenStack, also took to the stage.
The event also featured a panel discussion on “How I Raised My First Round” from Tara Kelly, Founder and CEO, SPLICE Software; Gary Ziegler, Founder and CEO, eThor; Ashley Dunfield, Founder and CEO, PetroFeed; and Arpad Barabas, Founder and CEO, Mobizou.
The 10 chosen presenting startups received awards at the end of the night.
- ENVrecon – Fastest to Black
- EZ-Robot – Best Consumer Startup, People’s Choice
- Gummii – Too Important to Fail, Most Innovative Idea, Startup Most Likely to IPO
- GNS3 – Most Committed to Market Valuation, Best Enterprise Startup, The One to Watch
- Invici Technologies – Biggest Social Impact
- LeanKor – Top Venture Capital Prospect
- Muzooka – Most Disruptive Concept
- Rally Engine – Most Innovative Business Model, Best Go-to-Market Strategy
- Slyce – Retail Innovation
Along with Startup Calgary’s weekly Tuesday Hack Nights, they will be launching a monthly event called Startup Grind next Thursday, November 28 at Assembly. Startup Grind is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Their first speaker will be Rajen Ruparell, head of Global Sales at Groupon, who is coming from Chicago. Ruparell, a native Calgarian, built CityDeals in Europe and within five months sold it to Groupon for upwards of $300 million.