Calgary’s Simmering High-Tech Community Set to Explode - Part Two

Posted by Stephen King

Hi Techvibes Readers,

I started writing for Techvibes about the Calgary, Canadian and Global tech scene a couple of years ago. Here's the post I did regarding Calgary's Simmering High-Tech Community Set To Explode from January 2008.

To quote myself :) "Calgary's high-tech scene is swimming in a sea of oil and gas" ... and that is still very much true. Many of the things that I wrote in that prior article still resonate:

  • The tech sector is large and contributes significantly to Alberta's economy (is the third largest industry behind Oil/Gas and Agriculture) 
  • No-one outside of the sector really knows about it 
  • There's more happening than most people know (that's even more true in 2011!) 
  • There's still a great need for an Albertan Technology Investment tax credit for private investors, similar to the B.C. 30% tech startups have enjoyed for many years that has been instrumental in their high-tech scene success.

But, from my perspective, we *are* making progress here in Alberta. Slowly but surely.

My contribution to Techvibes dwindled over the last couple of years, and I want to change that. I've been active in the tech community as CEO of Mob4Hire, a technology commercialization consultant at StephDoKin.com, an advisor to several firms, and linked into what's going on like gov't and associations like the A100 (I'm a co-founder), C100, Alberta Innovates, Innovate Calgary (the merger of CTI/UTI), and Startup Calgary. Things are rocking here in Alberta, there's many great companies and stories ... I'm excited and want to share!

In the next few months, there's some great events happening that will highlight and accelerate the Alberta tech industry. I've got the great pleasure to co-M.C. the AccelerateAB event next week on July 13th with Kevin Swan from iNovia Capital; in Calgary ... you GOTTA go. There's also Alberta's participation at the 2nd Grow Conference in Vancouver in August (shaping up to be even better than last year), and then the road to Banff Venture Forum in early October. There will be lots to talk about,  I really believe we've got great momentum in the high-tech community here in Alberta.

My friend, Sarah Blue will continue to contribute her perspective as a Techvibes writer in the Calgary/Alberta space, just in case you were wondering. Here's her blog posts.

Connect with me on LinkedIn.

Company:
Innovate Calgary
Website:
http://www.innovatecalgary.com
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Innovate Calgary is where startups, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, industry and partners take innovation and ideas to business. It takes an ecosystem to drive the commercialization success of an innovation or discovery, and we are here to give you the help you need to take your startup, discovery or investment to the next stage of growth or market entry. How? It's simple, Just Ask. more

Company:
Mob4hire Inc.
Website:
http://www.mob4hire.com
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Mob4hire is crowdsourced mobile application testing. more

Company:
C100
Website:
http://www.thec100.org/
Location:
San Francisco, California, United States

C100 is a non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to supporting Canadian technology entrepreneurship and investment. C100 is comprised of a select group of Canadians based primarily in Silicon Valley, including executives of leading technology companies, experienced startup entrepreneurs and venture capital investors. C100 members are passionate about leveraging their collective experience, expertise... more

Company:
Startup Calgary
Website:
http://www.startupcalgary.ca
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Startup Calgary is all about community building - our primary goal is to help pull the IT based, startup related communities in Calgary closer together. We know that's a pretty tall order - there's a lot of get togethers, basement startups, and technologies being dreamed up here in our city that no one is aware of. We want to make sure everyone has the support and exposure they need. Don't forget to visit our... more


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Stephen King

Stephen King

I'm President of Stephdokin.com, a "Strategic B2B Technology Commercialization" executive consulting firm based in Calgary, AB offering CMO4HIRE services to technology companies.I've got a great deal of passion to help make my clients and our local tech scene hyper-successful on a global basis. I am a co-founder of the A100, on the Board of Advisors for Startup Calgary, blog for... more



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