[Infographic] Online Anatomy of the 2016 #accelerateAB Conference
Last week’s #accelerateAB conference in Edmonton was exceptional. The feeling of excitement and optimism in our tech community was palpable (albeit subdued by the overarching difficult economic times in Alberta). #diversifyalberta has become a battle cry.
It feels like the Alberta tech community has turned a corner after several years of pulling together to develop an end-2-end tech ecosystem. The result? As a judge for the pitch competition, I noted that the 15 companies that were pitching were of a better calibre of teams than we were seeing in Alberta startups even 5 years ago. Good stuff.
The Alberta roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-her-done attitude is alive and well in the tech community.
If you haven’t yet, you need to look at each of these companies … fascinating:
- Beep For Service
- Beyond Reality
- Fred Sense
- Maxfleet Solutions
- Snap Projections
- Tik Tiks
- Tlink Golf (winners of the Pitch contest!)
- Torch Motorcycles
It isn’t just in the startup space where we’re seeing Alberta tech success. We’ve had several recent graduates of startupyness into the next stage of investment such as Benevity and Aimsio. And, we’ve got an amazing amount of established world-class tech companies in Alberta, all of whom have benefitted from the growing ecosystem and talent pool. We’ve also seen some exits here and there as well.
The newly announced Alberta’s New Investor Tax Credit (Read: 6 Things To Know About Alberta’s New Investor Tax Credit), should usher in a new era of private investment from existing tech angels. And, due to economic conditions rendering investments in the oil patch negligible, we’re already seeing private and V.C. investment from the oil patch seep into Alberta tech, something I think will be accelerated by the AITC.
It’s good to be optimistic. Y’all have earned it. The Alberta roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-her-done attitude is alive and well in the tech community.
Congrats to Cynthia from organizing sponsor A100 and all the members that contributed their time; it’s so important … thank you! Also shout-out to Jenn at Catalystica, the experiential event marketing company that put it together.
Finally, cheers (and thanks) to the sponsors and partners of #accelerateAB conference; all movers and shakers and important playahs in the Alberta tech community (Stephdokin is proud to be part of it all!):
Alberta Enterprise Corporation (AEC), (Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF), PWC, TEC Edmonton, Stephdokin.com, Fasken Martineau, Stonecracker, Uncommon Innovation, Innovate Calgary, PayPal, Google, BLG, Accelerate Fund, The A100, The Agency, Business Wire, Startup Calgary, Startup Edmonton, Startup Canada, Chic Geek, Alberta Women, Entrepreneurs, Calgary Economic Development, Alberta BoostR, Metabridge
Infographic with anatomy and analytics of the online conversation at the #accelerateAB conference in Edmonton Alberta
Anyhoo … we took a bit of time to track and analyze the twitter traffic for #accelerateAB and @accelerateAB and created this quick Infographic. Interesting online reach for the conference. See you in Calgary next year!