Spearheaded by Bow Valley College, 150 Startups is an Alberta-wide initiative designed to expand Alberta’s entrepreneurial capacity by collaborating with 25 of Alberta’s 26 colleges and universities so we all share ideas, develop resources, identify best practices and, annually, guide 150 post-secondary students to Ideate and take the initial step towards becoming a first-time Entrepreneur.
These first-time Entrepreneurs then expand Alberta’s Entrepreneurial capacity by becoming role models, advisors, mentors, and angel investors.
Aspiring first-time Entrepreneurs, who are a student at one of Alberta’s post-secondary schools, are welcome to register their business idea.
Registering allows you to quickly build an initial website so people can easily find you, gives you instant access to all the resources that have been created for 150 Startups (without having to complete any additional forms), adds you to a growing directory of students startups, and allows the PR team at Alchemy Communications to look for opportunities to promote your business idea.
September to April: Alberta’s Colleges and Universities run on-campus activities to expose students to Entrepreneurship as a viable career option. Those interested in becoming an entrepreneur can register their business idea and start working through the 10 steps to turn their idea into a business. At the end of April, each school selects who it thinks is their most promising first-time entrepreneur.
May to June: Those chosen by their post-secondary institution as the most promising first-time entrepreneur are put through a summer skills development program. The skills development program starts with a Lean Startup Kick-off where students and aspiring entrepreneurs learn and apply the Lean Startup method and the Business Model Canvas. The summer skills development program then continues until the end of June with weekly speeches by role models and alternating bi-weekly mentoring and bi-weekly pitch development sessions.
July: Each school’s choice then has the chance to compete for $50,000 cash in a series of innovation challenges, regional pitch-offs and a provincial pitch-off at the Innovation Rodeo, that runs during the Calgary Stampede (Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14).
It is the intent of the program that when the following fall semester begins each shool’s choice then returns on campus as a part-time Student Entrepreneur-in-Residence to inspire the next batch of 150 first-time entrepreneurs and help those from prior years to continue developing their business.
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If you have any questions or suggestions, you can reach the organizer of 150 StartUps (Craig Elias) by cell phone (North America: +1.866.744.7904 | International: +1.403.874.2998), email (Info@150StartUps.com), or completing the contact form below.