Every A100 member plays a role in supporting the next generation of Alberta tech entrepreneurs.

Why join the A100?

The A100’s culture of giving back makes a significant impact in our province’s innovation ecosystem. We pay-it-forward by volunteering our time and experience for the next generation of tech entrepreneurs.

Our knowledge and network is more concentrated, we’re more influential with government bodies, and we’re more accessible to other founders and to peer organizations supporting Alberta tech startup success.

Why do we need an independent body of experienced tech entrepreneurs in Alberta? Simply put, because we’re better together.

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Connecting entrepreneurs

Connect with select, smart people that can open you up to new thinking and new opportunities, as well as help you with real-world business advice.

Sharing experiences

Walk into meetings, boardrooms, and up to podiums with the credibility of the A100 behind you.

Creating momentum

The A100 fosters alliances to maximize the impact of Alberta’s tech ecosystem.

“You'll meet folks who are making it happen. You'll rub shoulders with some of our province’s success stories that have already been written and some that are in their first chapters. And you will learn something along the way.”
Gord Erickson IHS Markit
“The perspective and feedback provided was not only very applicable, but also very strategic.”
Werner Biegler President & CEO, Varafy
“A great learning experience and opportunity to have access to the highest level of mentors/ thinkers in the entrepreneur community.”
Mark Vella CEO & Founder, advertiise

Qualifications to join

It takes in-the-trenches startup experience and a commitment to the Alberta tech community to
become a member of the A100. To seek nomination, applicants must meet the following criteria and enlist the support of three current A100 members:

Have you “been there, done that” and built a successful company as a founder or a C-Level executive? To qualify as an A100 member applicants must have the skills, experience, expertise and network that can help Alberta startups increase their chances of success.

To apply for membership – applicants must meet this criteria:

  • Have scaled a technology-intense business that has used its proprietary technology as a source of competitive advantage

And meet at least two of the three criteria below:

  • Have built a technology company with significant market cap reflective of industry
  • Have generated annual revenues of at least $5 Million (CAD)
  • Have successfully exited their technology company

Applicants are also required to make a commitment of participation and engagement. To apply you must consent to:

  • Have the interest and ability to provide great advice to fellow A100 members and Alberta’s tech startup community
  • Maintain a broad network of contacts and be willing to leverage it for the benefit of the Alberta tech community
  • Attend A100 and ecosystem events e.g. AccelerateAB Conference, Inventure$, Startup Calgary & Startup Edmonton Launch Party, pitch events, panel discussions, and lunch & learn sessions amongst many others

If you need some more time to accumulate this experience, we welcome you to join us at AccelerateAB or reach out to current members to get to know us.

The Application Process

The A100 invites new member applications twice a year in April and October. Only a limited number of applicants are accepted each intake. Simply applying does not guarantee you a spot.

The Membership Committee, in partnership with the Board of Directors, review applications based on merit and how they meet The A100’s by-laws and requirements. The committee maintains the right to not extend an offer of admission to all applicants.

Learn more about admission requirements and the process to apply in our 2-pager on the application process.

Steps to become a member

The A100 accepts new members twice a year. The next nomination deadlines are: March 1st and September 1st, 2019. Here’s the path to membership.

  1. Online application
  2. Application review call with A100
  3. Attend an A100 ‘Meet & Greet’ event
  4. Candidate application review by A100
  5. A100 Board ratifies successful candidates
  6. New member onboarding

Membership fees

All prices in CAD.

Upon joining:

$500initiation fee+$1000annual membership dues
(Prorated depending on month of admission)

Annual renewal:

$1000per year membership dues
(January 1 – December 31)

Members will receive an invoice to renew membership each December for the coming year.

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We’re better together. Stand tall in the company of other Alberta tech startup founders, executives and board directors. Help Alberta tech succeed and scale.

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