Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

June 29, 2012 17:18 ET

Startup Edmonton Fosters Innovation and Entrepreneurs

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 29, 2012) - Startup Edmonton supports entrepreneurs and amplifies creative innovation to help strengthen Edmonton's knowledge-based economy.

Founded in 2009, Startup Edmonton is an entrepreneur-led non-profit that brings together a diverse mix of entrepreneurs, designers and engineers through events and programs designed to cultivate a community of creativity and innovation. Over the next five years through its Flightpath Accelerator Program, Startup will be launching 500 entrepreneurs, and will be announcing the first group July 2012.

Other Startup Edmonton-led initiatives include DemoCamps - developers demonstrate projects to get feedback and support, Hackathons - developers and designers come together to build apps or games in the span of one weekend, and TEDx - a program that brings people together to share ideas worth spreading.

Headquartered downtown, Startup Edmonton recently moved into the Mercer Warehouse, which offers local entrepreneurs a collective work and meeting space, as well as opportunities to collaborate and build new ventures.

"Startup Edmonton is activating talented entrepreneurs, while growing Edmonton's knowledge-based economy and showcasing the innovation that exists in this city," says Mike Wo, EEDC executive director of economic growth and development.

Startup Edmonton is one of the members of the Greater Edmonton Regional Technology Alliance, Canada's only grouping of incubators and technology service providers that nourish the success and growth of emerging knowledge-based companies and coordinate the region's business incubators.

Other alliance members include Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), TEC Edmonton, novaNAIT, Northern Alberta Business Incubator, Business Link and National Institute of Nanotechnology, TR Labs and the National Research Council's Industrial Research and Assistance Program.

The Edmonton Research Park (ERP) houses dozens of research companies and is managed by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC). The ERP is also a stakeholder in TEC Edmonton, a joint venture with the University of Alberta. For more information, visit www.edmonton.com Learn more about Edmonton through the stories of people who've experienced it at www.edmontonstories.ca

Contact Information

  • Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
    Renee Worrell
    Communications Manager, External Relations
    780.932.4865
    rworrell@edmonton.com