Featuring: VA Angels Roundtable, Basecamp, Grant Writing Workshop for Startups, Pitch Event, Mentorship with Stephen King, Democamp and so much more!
eHub Newsletter featuring Angel Investors, how to attend Preflight for free & coworking space.
"Wouldn't it be great if I could find someone outside my circle of friends to invest in my company?"
Featuring: Students to Startups brainstorming, coworking space available, free events & programs.
Volunteers Needed, MakerFaireYYC, CAMP Festival, Beakerhead, Preflight, Basecamp & more!
The virtual network design and testing software developed by GNS3 surpassed its funding goal by 1400%, raising over $600K on the popular crowdfunding platform Tilt Open. This is one of the most successful open-source projects to date and ranks among the top 15 crowdfunding projects of all-time on Tilt Open.
eHub News, August 19, 2014
Featuring: CAMP Festival, Beakerhead, Tactalis, Preflight, Basecamp & more!
Five Distinct Entrepreneur Personality Types and How They Each Run Their Startups
Entrepreneurs create efficiencies, make things easier/better and sometimes even save lives. They also bring us entertainment, fun, fashion and better pie. These are an amazing people to know because they are generally glass half-full, forward-thinking builders who want to make a positive change in the world.
As we previously had a bit of fun with venture capitalist personality profiles, in no particular order here are the top five personality profiles of entrepreneurs.
THE KING ALMIGHTY
Entirely infected by founderitis but completely unaware is the enthroned King Almighty. All hail. If you don’t recognize the genius, well you’re just too stupid to get it.
The King will generally hire backside smoochers and....
Do you want to go CAMPing?
OK, so maybe camping is not everyone’s cup of tea. The annoying mosquitos are constantly after you, and curious grizzly bears are breathing down your neck, not to mention the lack of showers....
Whether you are a student exploring career possibilities, or a professional wanting to see what the creative industry leaders are up to, CAMP Festival happening in Calgary...
A smash up of art, science and engineering
Join us Sept. 12 & 13 for 2 special Beakerhead events; Future Academy & Cocktails, Candy & Robots. This is a community initiative between AcceleratorYYC, EZ Robot & the Vulcan Brand Innovation Team, from the Town of Vulcan, The Sugar Cube & 5 Vines. Limited spots!
Application Deadline to Exhibit at Tech Showcase Extended
Apply now to showcase your company to over 400 attendees and a cross section of Calgary's advanced tech sector including industry, media, potential investors/clients and fellow entrepreneurs.
#Support Local: Tactalis Launches Indiegogo Campaign
NOTORIOUS Beer Garden a HUGE Success!
Transforming our #PopUpPatioYYC into the ONLY Beer Garden for the Calgary Fringe Festival exceeded our expectations. We sold out every show; rain or shine!
We were 100% volunteer run and could not have done it without NOTORIOUS, Village Brewery, 5 Vines, It's Date Night, Without Papers, Calgary Fringe & Critical Mass.
PREFLIGHT & BASECAMP PROGRAMS EXPANDING!
Due to the overwhelming response to our Students to Startups Program and our awesome partnership with VA Angels & The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; we are proud to open the doors to more entrepreneurs for our Preflight (Pre-Accelerator) Program & BaseCamp with VA Angels. These programs will still be small & intimate programs with amazing one on one mentorship and all facilitated by local entrepreneurs.
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Whether you are a student exploring career possibilities, or a professional wanting to see what the creative industry leaders are up to, CAMP Festival happening in Calgary on September 8-9 at Theatre Junction GRAND, may be just what the doctor ordered.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, August 11, 2014 – Muzooka Inc., the social music discovery and technology company, today announced they’ve completed a $3 million Series A-1 financing round. Combined with earlier angel investment it brings total raised capital to date to just over $3.6 million. The round represents a successful funding of a music tech startup through non-traditional sources outside of Silicon Valley.
Muzooka plans to use the funding to expand staff, focusing on data exploration, and mobile and product development.
In recent months, Muzooka has redeveloped its products to align closely with its business strategy, and has recruited several high profile music industry professionals with various backgrounds. Over 20 experienced industry members are now involved with Muzooka, one of which is Ron Sakamoto, concert promoter extraordinaire and owner of Gold & Gold Productions Ltd.
In addition, Muzooka announces Mr. Sakamoto will join its board of directors, alongside Doug Nyhoff (Executive Chairman), and Shawn Wilson (CEO), bringing over 40 years of concert promotion experience, business savvy and high profile relationships from his industry network.
Ron has served as board member on both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA). Recently, he was selected to sit on the board of directors for the International Entertainment and Talent Buyers Association (IEBA) based in Nashville.
His contributions and dedication to the country music scene in Canada has been tremendous, earning him the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and his soon to be induction into the CCMA Hall of Fame this September. In addition, Ron has won 17 consecutive CCMA Promoter/Talent Buyer of the Year Awards, prompting the organization to name the award in his honor in 2010.
Call for Artists
Gold & Gold Productions recently announced a call for new independent artists to headline their fall concert season using Muzooka as its primary platform to vet artists. According to Ron, “I look forward to the innovative and unique business model in which Muzooka is pioneering. Muzooka and its team of internet entrepreneurs are convinced that the current music industry model and current music startup services are too deeply concerned with owning and profiting from artists and music rights, and less so about the music art and the artist. Muzooka is taking a bold approach to solving the industry’s challenges and will change the direction it is going. It’s truly a reinvention and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
CEO and co-founder Shawn Wilson adds, “The music industry is reactive -embracing technologies promising return to artists and labels via subscription models and advertising royalties which are marginal. New music startups continue to pursue these models that do no real service to the music industry as a whole and compensates next to nothing to the talented music creators and collaborators in the industry. We are taking a considerate and methodical approach that will connect all music lovers of all talents together, and formally create a solution not just for everyone involved but a new foundation for the music industry to stand on.”
Artists wishing to participate in the Call for Artists can submit their music at the Muzooka website. Tracks which reach the highest ranks will be considered for the upcoming fall concert season.
Founded in 2012, San Francisco-based Muzooka [muh-ZOO-kah] is a social music platform that allows independent artists to reach an audience of music lovers, while connecting them to industry professionals to collaborate and get discovered. Artists’ songs are ranked among others in the system by Muzooka members who vote for ones they like. Higher ranked songs and artists gain attention from the panel of top industry pros. For the first time, Muzooka provides a stage for the world’s top producers, executives and A&R reps and anyone who loves good music to find the hottest unsigned and undiscovered musical artists. Artists can post their music on the Muzooka website, and music fans can listen via web and the dedicated Muzooka apps for iOS and Android available on iTunes and Google Play. For more information, visit www.muzooka.com/welcome
Learn about strategies, tips and uncommon advice that will help startup entrepreneurs write winning applications for grants, award competitions and other opportunities.
There is no such thing as a good idea or a bad idea, the only thing that matters is execution. A big part of execution is knowing your Cash Flow.
At AcceleratorYYC, we believe that mentorship should be a two-way street, which Brad Feld and David Cohen have hit perfectly in this "Mentorship Manifesto":
It's not everyday that you see a new Energy Provider hit the scene, with big names like Enmax, Direct Energy, it is a hard market to break into. Carolyn Martin, CEO of Sponsor Energy, a Calgary Startup, is using their power for good!
The new Business Innovation Access Program (BIAP) has been announced by the National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC- IRAP), and is a fantastic opportunity for Canadian SMEs to accelerate their business.
The JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT is conducting an in-depth study investigating the state of entrepreneurship in the province of Alberta, particularly in terms of the accessibility to capital financing for startups. For more information about the study, please go here.
Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education (IAE) has sponsored the study and is looking to improve policy and program development and administration with respect to supporting Alberta entrepreneurs, so your input is very important.
The link to the survey is: http://www.surveyfeedback.ca/surveys/wsb.dll/s/1g31dc.
Place2Give releases GIVE-API to help other tech companies do social good:
The GIVE-API will allow developers, companies, and organizations to integrate the data that Place2Give has on North America’s vast charity sector into their own apps, websites, and platforms.
Each week we get requests from companies that are looking for great people and people who want to work for great companies. So we have put them all in one place.
Scroll through and when you see one you like, click on it!
If you would like to post a job or if you are looking for employment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post it here.
CyberaNet Access (Network connection up to 1Gbps or 1,000 Mbps) now at AcceleratorYYC!
AcceleratorYYC’s IT entrepreneurs and startups now have access to Cybera’s extremely broad bandwidth to grow their ideas.