Startup Weekend – Solutions For Your City

Startup Weekend '€“ Solutions For Your City

Join us for the next edition of Startup Weekend where you will be creating innovative solutions using open data provided by The City of Calgary. Your goal is to identify opportunities to build tools or services that would improve service delivery and/or enhance the daily lives of Calgarians.

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 a mix of local entrepreneurial leaders and City of Calgary representatives where the top three teams are awarded prizes in addition to bragging rights and media coverage.

First Prize

  • Participation for two team members in Calgary NEXT (a 5-week pre-accelerator program developed by UP Global, TechStars, and Google for Entrepreneurs) sponsored by Startup Calgary and Innovate Calgary.
  • Two spots in the Innovator’s Toolkit program sponsored by Innovate Calgary
  • One desk space at The Inc Co-working Space sponsored by Innovate Calgary

Second Prize

  • Two spots in the Innovator’s Toolkit program sponsored by Innovate Calgary

Third Prize

  • One in the Innovator’s Toolkit program sponsored by Innovate Calgary

Additionally, all teams will receive:

  • Free .CO domain name for 12 months.
  • 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!