May 29, 2012 16:02 ET

Silicon Valley Superstars Descend on Edmonton for AccelerateAB Tech Conference

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 29, 2012) -

Palo Alto. San Francisco. New York. Edmonton.

The world of venture capital, tech startups and 20-something whiz kids is alive and booming in Alberta. On May 30th and 31st, the leading thinkers, investors and entrepreneurs in the global tech industry are descending on Edmonton for the AccelerateAB Conference.

Co-produced by the C100 and the A100, entrepreneurial community groups based in San Francisco and Alberta respectively, AccelerateAB will bring together over 460 technology entrepreneurs, investors and mentors for the largest startup tech event to ever take place in Alberta.

The event is broken down into two days, the first is the Startup University Day running from 830am - 530pm on Wednesday, May 30th at the brand new Startup Edmonton Space (4th Floor 10363 - 104st). This will see 180 early stage entrepreneurs and keen students from 6 major Alberta schools learn the ins and outs of tech. The AccelerateAB Conference day on Thursday, May 31st runs from 12:30pm - 5:30pm and will see 460 tech entrepreneurs from across Alberta descend into the largest tech gathering in Alberta. The Thursday event takes places in Hall D at the Shaw Conference Centre.

Key Speakers and Presentation Times:

Startup University Day - 4th floor 10363 -104 st in the Startup Edmonton Space

  • 10:30am - 11:00am: Gregg Oldring, CEO of Inkdit, serial Edmonton entrepreneur
  • 2:00pm - 2:30pm: Chris Lumb, CEO of TEC Edmonton
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm: "Dups" Duleepa Wijaywardhana, CEO Empire Avenue
  • 5:00pm - 5:30pm: Boris Wertz, CEO W Media Ventures

AccelerateAB - Hall D at Shaw Conference Centre (9797 Jasper Avenue)

  • 12:30 - 1:00pm: Evan Chrapko, CEO of Himark Biogas
  • 1:00 - 1:30pm: Mark Relph, Director of Startups & Venture Capital for Microsoft
  • 4:30 - 5:00pm: Shaherose Charania, Founder of Women 2.0
  • 5:00 - 5:30pm: Atlee Clark, Director of The C100 and Lars Leckie, Managing Partner of Hummer Winblad Ventures - a major Silicon Valley investment fund

Full Details on Program and Schedule:

About The C100

C100 is a private, non-profit membership organization comprised of accomplished Canadian technology entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley who are dedicated to accelerating the top Canadian technology entrepreneurs through partnership, mentorship and investment. Members include seasoned entrepreneurs, executives at firms like facebook, ebay and google and investors that manage over $6 billion in funds

About The A100:

The A100 is a non-profit, member-funded organization of "been there, done that" tech entrepreneurs and executives, interested and dedicated in helping Alberta's next generation of innovative start-ups in becoming successful. We believe world-class tech companies can be, and are, being built in Alberta, and that our collective greater involvement can meaningfully increase successful outcomes.

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