Startup Weekend Calgary Celebrates Women in Technology

After two successful Startup Weekends in Calgary this year, which attracted more than 200 participants, created 24 startups and led to one acquisition, the next edition will celebrate Awesome Women in Technology from November 8 to 10 at the Alberta College of Art + Design.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where engineers, scientists, designers, marketers, and anyone interested in entrepreneurship, come together to share ideas, build teams, create products, and launch startups. It is a community of entrepreneurs with over 6,000 startups created in more than 400 cities around the world.

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“We don’t see a lot of female faces in the hi-tech startup sector, particularly as founders or in leadership roles,” says Kylie Toh, founder of Chic Geek and organizer at Startup Weekend. “This is just another step towards changing that.”

“Women add a lot of value to the startup community—they offer diverse perspectives and alternative approaches to problem-solving in ways that are critical to business success,” she added. “Doing an all-women event creates a supportive environment for women to explore their entrepreneurial side and collaborate with other like-minded women.”

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A recent study by Dow Jones, which examined 20,000 venture capital-backed companies and 167,000 executives, found that companies have a greater chance of either going public, operating profitably, or being sold for more money than they’ve raised when they have women as founders, board members, C-level officers, vice presidents and/or directors. The February 2013 Startup Weekend Calgary winner, which was acquired within months, had a woman at its helm.

Early bird tickets for Startup Weekend Calgary Women Edition are on sale until October 18th.