It’s no secret that the Alberta tech community is exploding right now (especially for those of us in the industry). Consider the Calgary Herald’s article from earlier this year: http://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/tech-sector-revelling-in-spotlight-after-years-in-shadow-of-oil-and-gas. 3 years ago, this article would have never been written, let alone be put on the business section front page.
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Startup Commons Development Phases with CMO4Hire Services Fall 2017
Here are three points to consider regarding why this growth is happening:
- The number of tech companies in Alberta is 1,373 Alberta tech companies (in 2016, up 49% from 735 in 2012). This is from a AEC Alberta Deal Flow Study: http://www.alberta-enterprise.ca/?page_id=1150 Many people say we’re already over 2,000 and anticipated to be over 3,000 by 2020. There are a LOT of startups coming up through the ranks Calgary, Edmonton and many in-betweens (Lloydminster, Red Deer, Lethbridge). Who are these people? Many have ex-oil patch technology or business dev people leading the charge. Add to this the success of programs at MRU, UofC, Bow Valley, UofA … and specialized education like Lighthouse Labs … flooding the streets with solopreneurs and fearless Saas warriors. Lastly, the 2nd and 3rd generation of Alberta tech entrepreneurs are like a ripple in the ocean … as more companies like Intuit, Bioware (Edmonton) and Smart, iStockPhoto (Calgary) grew locally, more and more of the teams at those companies are realizing their dreams of their own technology startup.
- Thanks to the Rainforest organization in Alberta https://www.rainforestab.ca/, their notion of a “social contract” has swept through our tech community. “Rainforest Alberta is an informal organization of people working together to improve Alberta’s innovation ecosystem.” Alberta is morphing into a culture of innovation & entrepreneurship. The ecosystem is buoyed by high interest in all levels of gov’t and education in Albertan tech diversification.
- There is more accessible gov’t and private funding for Alberta startups than ever before. The Accelerate I and II fund. The Alberta Investment Tax Credit. Alberta Innovates Vouchers. Tecterra Launch Program.
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Startup Commons “Startup Development Phases”
Most organizations in the Alberta tech community have been recognizing the Startup Commons “Startup Development Phases” Framework. http://www.startupcommons.org/startup-development-phases.html It’s a great “shared language” to help understand where a company is in its lifecycle and what the team needs to do to get traction to scale.
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Starting-up, Scaling and Establishing
At CMO4Hire, we’re excited about helping startups just starting up as well as established tech companies that are scaling.
- Our DBMMS (Digital Brand Marketing Management System) platform is at the heart of our processes. “1Forecaster” and “1Tracker” software helps companies forecast, track and hit growth milestones.
- Our 9 Monthly Marketing Management services are driving double-, and triple-digit growth for our customers. As an ASP (approved service provider) for Tecterra, these services can be part of your Market Launch Program (MLP) financing if you have a geo-spatial app.
- For startups of all industries, our business planning services include full Market Assessments, Go-To-Market strategies & an 8-Year cash flow pro-forma financial forecast that’ll knock your socks off. Perfect for Alberta Innovates micro-Voucher funding.
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