AccelerateAB returns with new workshops, summits, and format


AccelerateAB, the grassroots technology conference that brings together leaders, investors, influencers, and supporters of Alberta’s technology ecosystem, is returning to Calgary this year with a new series of sessions for startup founders, as well as its first-ever Women in Tech Summit.

“We’re empowering startups to learn from leading Alberta entrepreneurs.”

This year, AccelerateAB 2019 plans to shake up the conference’s format to feature 20-minute “high impact” keynotes, to enable a wider range of subject matter speakers. Discussions will include: including artificial intelligence, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, data analytics, data management, predictive analytics, and security, along with entrepreneur-focused panels.

AccelerateAB’s Women in Tech track will focus on accelerating, supporting, and learning from Alberta’s female entrepreneurs. This half-day session on April 15 will include keynote speakers and panel discussions featuring female leaders and professionals in the tech scene. The lineup of presenters at AccelerateAB Women in Tech includes Carol Leaman, President and CEO of Axonify, and Andrea Stairs, General Manager of eBay Canada and Latin America.

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Nine companies have been selected for the Startup Advising Sessions, which will offer an opportunity for startups to connect with and receive advice from top Albertan entrepreneurs who have founded and scaled their own tech startups.

The selected companies will receive insights through presentations, scaling workshops, pitch coaching sessions, and customized one-on-one workshops. They will also have the opportunity to pitch their startup to more than 700 AccelerateAB attendees. The Startup Advising Sessions Selection Committee encompasses frontrunners in Alberta’s innovation and technology ecosystem.

“Our Startup Advising Sessions are really what AccelerateAB is all about, creating meaningful collisions for our province’s technology companies,” says Cynthia van Sundert, Executive Director of The A100, the organization behind AccelerateAB. “We are empowering these startups to learn from leading Alberta entrepreneurs who have been there, done that, and to really use what they learn to take their business to the next level.”

The conference will also include a 2019-edition of the ‘Eff-Ups’ panel, featuring ‘lessons learned’ and providing practical advice for entrepreneurs building companies in Alberta.

AccelerateAB 2019 is taking place from April 15 to 16, at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary.

Image courtesy AccelerateAB.

Isabelle Kirkwood

Isabelle Kirkwood

Isabelle is a Vancouver-based writer with 5+ years of experience in communications and journalism and a lifelong passion for telling stories. For over two years, she has reported on all sides of the Canadian startup ecosystem, from landmark venture deals to public policy, telling the stories of the founders putting Canadian tech on the map.

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