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Startup Calgary panelists, Andrew Chau, Andrea Drager, Brenda Slauko, Ha Nguyen and Scott Cunningham.

Each founder can tell you how they raised their first round – it’s no easy feat. The sweat equity to turn an idea into a viable business requires navigation through challenging options from love money, angel investors, non–dilutive funding and everything in-between. Whether you have the start of an idea or are an experienced founder, it’s never too early – or too late – to learn about startup funding options.  

Resources and capital are plentiful in Calgary, but like any other city, the investor community can seem elusive. Calgary is known for its supportive entrepreneurship community, but it takes more than a high-five to keep the momentum going between founders and investors. It starts with building trust and relationships; knowing how to make and nurture the right connections is critical in raising capital.

To guide the entrepreneurial community, Startup Calgary and Alberta Enterprise are hosting an interactive panel discussion on April 10, 2018, where entrepreneurs will learn how to connect with investors and raise their first round straight from the source. Calgary’s Andrew Chau of Skip the Dishes will moderate a panel of four seasoned funders from Azure Capital, BDC Capital, McRock Capital and Contract Capital.

For local funders who are on the periphery of the tech startup scene, this is a great opportunity to find out why there is no better time or place to invest in tech.

“We are seeing high growth in ground-breaking solutions with global reach in the pre-series A segment of deal flow,” says Kenya Kondo, Director of Industry Development at Alberta Enterprise. “Calgary is a smaller ecosystem, so building relationships and networks is not as challenging as other places.”

Interested in connecting with the community about first-round tech funding or investing?  Join Startup Calgary on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Vertigo Theatre.


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