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Fri, Dec 3, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM UTC (+1 more)


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Fri, Dec 3
7:00 PM
Fri, Jan 7
7:00 PM
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Upcoming Sessions

  1. Dec. 3: Fireside chat with Kristen Hadeed, author of Permission to Screw Up

  2. Jan. 7: Fireside chat with Danessa Knaupp, author of Naked at Work

Founder Fridays is a series of fireside chats with authors of books that are typically held on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month, the initiative is based on the success of a fireside chat with Ian Hathaway (Brad Feld’s co-author on their latest book) that had 300+ participants and gave away 100 copies of The Startup Community Way to attendees from across Alberta.

Each month you can register for either or both of two sessions:

  1. A fireside chat with an author where the last 15 minutes is an audience Q & A session with the participants and a link is provided so those from Canada can request a free copy of the author’s book.

  2. Table discussions held two weeks later (sometimes with, sometimes without the author) to discuss the different ways the content from the fireside chat and the author’s book can be applied to Alberta’s startup community and tech ecosystem

Founder Fridays are designed to support Alberta’s entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, ecosystem builders and service providers by:

  • Upskilling entrepreneurs, mentors, ecosystem builders and service providers

  • Developing entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship support in and around post-secondary institutions

  • Helping startups grow faster and develop the expertise and traction required to attract capital

  • Increasing the volume of startups and the velocity at which they progress through the Startup Commons stages

  • Working with existing entrepreneurship support organizations to expand their mentor network

Founder Fridays is a joint initiative of 150 Startups, Bow Valley College, Futurepreneur, Rainforest Alberta, and the Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta and are made possible by the generous support of Bow Valley College, RBC, The Hunter Family Foundation, Alberta Innovates, Calgary Innovation Coalition, RINSA, Women Entrepreneurs-in-STEM and APEX Alberta.

Past Sessions:

  1. April 9: Fireside chat with Cory Bray, author of Sales Playbooks: The Builders Toolkit

  2. April 23: Roundtable discussion with Joseph Fung on how to apply the learnings from Cory’s fireside chat and book

  3. May 7: Fireside chat with Vijay Govindarajan, author of The Three Box Solution

  4. May 21: Roundtable discussion with Wally Thorson on how to apply the learnings from Vijay’s fireside chat and his book

  5. June 4: Fireside chat with Tsedal Neeley, author of Remote Work Revolution: How to Work From Anywhere

  6. June 18: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the content of Tsedal Neeley’s book Remote Work Revolution to Alberta’s startup community and tech ecosystem

  7. Sept. 10: Fireside chat with Gabrielle Dolan, author of Magnetic Stories who joins us from Melbourne, Australia.

  8. Sept. 24: Roundtable discussion with Colleen Stewart author of The Story Compass on how to craft powerful stories

  9. Oct. 1: Fireside chat with Bob Moesta, author of Demand Side Sales

  10. Oct. 15: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Bob's fireside chat and his book

  11. Nov. 5: Fireside chat with Pam Didner, author of Effective Sales Enablement

  12. Nov. 19: Roundtable discussions on how to apply the learnings from Pam's fireside chat and her book - especially chapter 4 and page 87.

Call or text Craig Elias (+1.403.874.2998) if you have any questions or suggestions for future authors and their books.