Startup Edmonton, a social enterprise that amplifies creative innovation and activates startups in the city, is finally seeing its grand vision through: the organization has secured a large space that's going to house entrepreneurs and their startups.
Located on the top floor of the historic Mercer Warehouse in downtown Edmonton, Startup Edmonton will offer designers, developers, and entrepreneurs 14,000 square feet of loft space to build ideas, products, and businesses. The "creative and collaborative campus" will blend co-working space, workshops, courses, and mentorship.
Startup Edmonton is backed fervently by the city's mayor, Stephen Mandel, who told the Edmonton Journal that this will allow "the younger generation of our creative people" to "come up with some dynamic and interesting ideas to create an industry within the city."
Ken Bautista, co-founder and CEO of Startup Edmonton, said in an impassioned blog post that his city "is on fire."
We live in the second most bustling economy in the country, thanks to population growth, lots of employment and plenty of construction activity. We're also one of the top five entrepreneurial cities in Canada. Edmonton is and has always been powered by entrepreneurs.
We've seen startup culture rise in districts like Gastown in Vancouver and the Meatpacking District in New York, where historic buildings house 21st century startups, designers, and amenities like restaurants, coffee shops and exclusive retailers. These districts are more than simply entertainment destinations - they become startup epicenters for creative entrepreneurs living and working to change the world.
Entrepreneurs who work in the space will enjoy a multitude of perks, including 24/7 access, high-speed internet, a variety of spaces each with different purposes, and a kitchen. Long-term members will also get dedicated, secure working desks, priority usage of rooms, and storage.
Startup Edmonton has begun renovations. It hopes to open its space to entrepreneurs this spring and has started accepting applications.