Photo by Neil Zeller Photography
More than 1,000 community members, investors, students and startups filled the Big Four building Tuesday for Calgary’s largest celebration of innovation and technology – Launch Party.
Launch Party takes place during Innovation Week and is hosted by Startup Calgary. The event, now in its 10th year, showcases the game-changing entrepreneurs who are making an impact here in Calgary and around the world with technological innovation.
This year the event drew in a record crowd of 1,200 people and featured local startups, Launch Party alumni and community leaders who were able to connect, network and gain exposure for their companies.
There were 20 booths set up on the upper level of the Big Four – 15 startups in Demo Alley and 5 from the Trade Accelerator Program in Export Alley. Eight other companies were featured in the Community Zone as well.
The event also included the Startup Job Showcase for the first time drawing a total of 18 companies there to recruit for open tech positions.
Some of Calgary’s top startups ended the night taking home some big prizes.
FluroTech, which helps enhance the safety and quality of the cannabis industry, impressed attendees who voted the company the winners of the People’s Choice Award. The Alumni’s Choice Award, which is chosen by three Launch Party alumni, went to Helm, a short-term cash flow forecasting tool for small businesses.
Two other major players in the startup community were also recognized for winning awards at the Start Alberta Tech Awards in Edmonton last month. Mikata Health was voted as the early-stage company most likely to succeed and took home the A100 One to Watch award, while Dr. Ray Muzyka won the Rod Charko Service Award for going above and beyond for venture capital and technology ecosystems in Alberta.