Calgary Plugs into Accelerator Craze with Big Silicon Valley Partner

Calgary’s Boast Capital announced today a partnership with Saeed Amidi and the Plug and Play Tech Center to launch Startup Camp Canada.

The hybrid accelerator program will provide Canadian startups acceleration time in both Calgary and Silicon Valley and access to over 180 Silicon Valley venture capital firms and angel investors such as Accel Partners and Sand Hill Angels, world class entrepreneurs from companies such as YouTube and Skype, and a community of leading universities and corporate partners.

Startup Camp Canada will be launched in two phases.

Phase one includes a 10 week acceleration program in the Valley starting on June 18 that includes structured workshops, speaker series, mentorship sessions and active coaching.

Phase two consists of a 16 to 18 week Canada-Silicon Valley hybrid acceleration program starting mid-September. This Canadian portion will be held in Calgary, where the startups will participate in a Startup MBA curriculum comprised of weekly courses on topics including market discovery, business model design, pitching and raising capital (more advanced startups or those who have been through other accelerator programs have the option to skip the Canadian element).

Qualified Startup Camp participants are eligible to receive an investment of $25,000 upon acceptance into the program with opportunities for follow on investments. There will be a demo days in both Calgary and Silicon Valley.

Alex Popa and Lloyed Lobo of Boast Capital have been making big waves in Calgary’s tech startup community in 2012.

They have worked with Startup Calgary to grow the roster from four events last year to over thirty events this year by bringing flagship events like BarCamp, Mobile Monday and Startup Drinks under the banner.

“The Canadian government ranks Calgary as having the highest number of tech startups per capita. That coupled with a highly educated and motivated work force, strong tech ecosystem, low health care costs, better labor and facility rates, easily available government grants (in excess of $5 billion annually) and a quick flight between Calgary and the Valley, makes Calgarian startups quite intriguing to Silicon Valley VCs,” says Alex Popa, Founder and Partner at Boast Capital. “We have some great success stories like Veer, Stumbleupon and iStockphoto to name a few. Our goal is to have many such successes by building a world class tech ecosystem in Calgary and driving startups from around the world to move here.”

The first cohort for Startup Camp Canada starts on June 18 and will only be in the Valley. The application deadline is June 5 and more information is available online.