A100 members recognized for service, tech transactions and investments at Start Alberta Tech Awards

CALGARY, Alberta (November 15, 2018) — A100 members Evan Hu, Bryan de Lottinville, David Edmonds and Brad Johns were in the spotlight at the inaugural Start Alberta Tech Awards on November 13, 2018, when they received awards in three of the eight main categories.

The awards were established to recognize both individuals and organizations for their contributions to Alberta’s innovation ecosystem and those making a significant impact on the province’s tech sector.

Evan Hu, Board Chair of Calgary Technologies Inc., was named the recipient of the Rod Charko Service Award, given to an individual who has gone above and beyond for the venture capital and technology ecosystems in Alberta.

An A100 member since 2011, Evan is an active leader and mentor in Alberta’s technology ecosystem supporting organizations such as Calgary Technologies Inc., Rainforest Alberta, Creative Destruction Lab, and many more.

Benevity CEO and Founder, Bryan de Lottinville (members since 2010) was given the award for the Most Significant Tech Transaction of the Year.

Benevity’s “goodness platform” empowers socially conscious brands to make a real difference, creating more than 250 new jobs in Alberta within the past 18 months.   

Representing the Accelerate Fund II, David Edmonds (member since 2010) and Brad Johns (member since 2011), along with partner, Nate Glubish, were presented with the Tech Investor of the Year Award, celebrating an individual or investment firm that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year.

The Accelerate Fund II supports the growth of early-stage Alberta technology companies by providing an alternative source of financing to startups that are not yet venture capital ready. To date, six tech innovators have received investment from the Accelerate Fund II.

Congratulations to The A100 members who received well-deserved recognition at the Start Alberta Tech Awards, and to all the award winners from the evening.

Posted on November 15, 2018 .

A100 One-to-Watch Award presented to StellarAlgo

CALGARY, Alberta (November 15, 2018) — On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Calgary-based StellarAlgo received the 2018 edition of the A100 One-to-Watch Award at the inaugural Start Alberta Tech Awards. Selected from a group of 15 nominated startups, the A100 One-to-Watch Award recognizes a local up-and-coming tech company that is considered most likely to succeed.

Founded in 2016, StellarAlgo is an SaaS analytics platform for live audience businesses. Currently being used by the Calgary Flames, Oilers Entertainment Group, Vancouver Canucks, Portland Trailblazers, L.A. Galaxy and more, StellarAlgo’s proprietary algorithms maximize customer lifetime value.

“Receiving this award from the A100 is a huge honour,” says Vince Ircandia, Founder and CEO of StellarAlgo. “The journey of a startup is anything but linear, and being recognized for both our progress to-date and future potential by a group like the A100 is incredibly meaningful.”

“StellarAlgo is a prime example of the kind of world-class technology companies that are based in Alberta and making a name for themselves in the tech community,” says Cynthia van Sundert, Executive Director, The A100. “StellarAlgo shows great promise, and we look forward to seeing them build on their already outstanding achievements.”

In its inaugural year, the Start Alberta Tech Awards recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions to Alberta’s innovation ecosystem and the significant impact they have made on the province’s tech sector.

Posted on November 15, 2018 .

AccelerateAB 2018: Sold Out Success

Edmonton, Canada – Over 450 Alberta technologists and innovators learned about the leading edge of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) at the sold out AccelerateAB 2018. AccelerateAB is Alberta’s flagship technology conference, which took place in Edmonton April 23-24, 2018.

Posted on May 3, 2018 .

AccelerateAB reveals Startup Advising Sessions companies and Afternoon Keynote for 2018

Industry expert from Borealis AI to provide keynote on the importance of machine learning for startups

Edmonton, Canada – AccelerateAB has named the nine local Alberta companies selected to participate in the Startup Advising Sessions, and has also confirmed that A.I. industry expert from Borealis AI, Yevgeniy Vahlis, will be the Afternoon Keynote speaker, presented by TECTERRA, for the province’s flagship technology event.

Posted on March 6, 2018 .

Accelerate Fund II invests in Visio Media’s next generation advertising engagement technology

Accelerate Fund II is pleased to announce its investment in Visio Media Inc, a technology company founded in Edmonton that equips advertisers to gage consumer interest and test the strength of different ads in real-time with different audiences. Visio Media’s advertising network currently broadcasts to 200 elevators in downtown high-rises across Edmonton and Vancouver and the company will apply funding to expand nationally into other Canadian urban centres.

Posted on October 10, 2017 .

"Afraid of failing at a startup? Let me tell you what it feels like" by Gregg Oldring

The Rainforest teaches us that the foundational parts of a healthy ecosystem is the active presence of Leaders and Role Models. The A100 certainly fits that bill. One of the most important and effective ways of doing this is through storytelling – to our colleagues, to aspiring and veteran entrepreneurs, and to our community.

Not all stories have a “happily ever after”.  Some of the best lessons as many of you are well aware are those that convey the sometimes brutal truths of being an entrepreneur – of failure, missteps and mistakes. 

Our former Chair and A100 member Gregg Oldring has written an excellent piece that shares his journey as he made the painful, but necessary decision to wind down his company InkIt.

Please have a read below and share with your colleagues and the community at large. Storytelling is something we don’t do well in Alberta. Let’s change that and start helping the next generation of entrepreneurs with the amazing lessons and journeys of being an entrepreneur.

"Afraid of failing at a startup? Let me tell you what it feels like" by Gregg Oldring

Posted on July 6, 2017 .