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Startupville features interviews with successful small-city tech founders on what it’s like to start and grow a tech startup in a smaller city away from the major hubs of Silicon Valley and Toronto, and how that has shaped their business. At Startupville, we challenge the notion that the next big thing can only be made in Silicon Valley.

Startupville is produced in partnership by Innovation Place and Martin Charlton Communications.

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Startupville features interviews with successful small-city tech founders on what it’s like to start and grow a tech startup in a smaller city away from the major hubs of Silicon Valley and Toronto, and how that has shaped their business. At Startupville, we challenge the notion that the next big thing can only be made in Silicon Valley.

Startupville is produced in partnership by Innovation Place and Martin Charlton Communications.

    Global Biotech Week 2022

    Global Biotech Week 2022

    Global Biotech Week started 19 years ago right here in Canada, and has since gone global, raising awareness for the significant role biotech plays in the world today.

    To celebrate Global Biotech Week, we’ve interviewed three leaders in the biotech sector, to learn more about what they do and how we can celebrate between September 26-30. We talked with Mehmet Tulbek of the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre, Heather Deobald with Quantum Genetix and Jackie Robin from Ag-West Bio.

    The Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre is a non-profit organization and leader in providing expertise and resources to assist agri-businesses to create innovative products and value added opportunities in the food industry.

    Quantum Genetix is an agricultural technology company that harnesses the power of genomics to improve agriculture efficiency.

    Ag-West Bio is Saskatchewan’s bioscience industry association and bioeconomy catalyst.

    This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications

    “We have to really put Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, more on the map, and Global Biotech Week is a really great way to do this.” – Mehmet Tulbek, Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre

    • 35 min
    Ep 77 - Uniting the Prairies - Prairie tech's going UP!

    Ep 77 - Uniting the Prairies - Prairie tech's going UP!

    Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a local conference that brings top startups from across the prairies together to connect with global investors and tech leaders to collectively elevate the prairie tech community.

    This year, UP returned to in-person at the Delta Bessborough in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Startupville was granted exclusive access to record on-site interviews during day two of the conference, and with over 12 interviews and 118 minutes of edited content, we’re releasing a four episode mini-series to share everything we learned at UP this year.

    In our final episode of the Uniting the Prairies miniseries, we're bringing it home with three final interviews featuring Saskatoon's finest! Join us as we chat with Keli Propp, Co-Founder of Immigrate, Krystian Olszanski, Co-Founder of Cadence, and local mentor and investor of the tech startup community, Jeff Dyck.

    This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications

    When asked what highlights and takeaways there were while being at the 2022 UP Conference, Krystian Olzanski, Co Founder of Cadence had this to say: “In between the sessions, I love catching up with other startups, exchanging quick ideas, solutions and tips, as well as meeting with investors that I normally wouldn’t be able to just email to schedule a call with!”

    We are giving a special shoutout and thank you to our pals over at Co.Labs for allowing us to set up the Startupville Thunderdome at the 2022 UP Conference to bring you this exclusive content.

    • 24 min
    Ep 76 - Uniting the Prairies - Prairie tech's going UP!

    Ep 76 - Uniting the Prairies - Prairie tech's going UP!

    Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a local conference that brings top startups from across the prairies together to connect with global investors and tech leaders to collectively elevate the prairie tech community.

    This year, UP returned to in-person at the Delta Bessborough in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Startupville was granted exclusive access to record on-site interviews during day two of the conference, and with over 12 interviews and 118 minutes of edited content, we’re releasing a four episode mini-series to share everything we learned at UP this year.

    Featured today are another three new guests to the show, Blaine Korte (Fidu Legal, SK), Cressida Raffin (Birdie Break, AB) and Hassan Naqvi (Startup TnT, SK). We chat with our guests about the fantastic support in the prairie tech ecosystem, raising funds and scaling up!

    This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications

    “There’s such a glaring hole in the market place right now. We had friends that would post on Kijiji or Facebook to try to find somebody, and its seemed so shocking, risky, and archaic to us. We thought, ‘how is there not a solution to this? Let’s do something about it.’” – Cressida Raffin, CEO & C-Founder, Birdie Break

    • 47 min
    Ep 75 - Uniting the Prairies 2022 - Prairie tech's going UP!

    Ep 75 - Uniting the Prairies 2022 - Prairie tech's going UP!

    Prairie tech's going UP!
    A special mini-series featuring live interviews from the 2022 Uniting the Prairies Conference in downtown Saskatoon, SK.

    Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a local conference that brings top startups from across the prairies together to connect with global investors and tech leaders to collectively elevate the prairie tech community.

    This year, UP returned to in-person at the Delta Bessborough in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Startupville was granted exclusive access to record on-site interviews during day two of the conference, and with over 12 interviews and 118 minutes of edited content, we’re releasing a four episode mini-series to share everything we learned at UP this year.

    Featured today are another three guests representing our beautiful prairie provinces, Noah Palansky (Taiv, MB), Melanie Morrison (BetterCart Analytics, SK) and Jade Alberts (Peer Guidance, AB). We chat with our guests about the fantastic support in the prairie tech ecosystem, raising funds and scaling up!

    This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications

    “We’ve got to start shouting from the mountain tops and say, ‘you know what, we are frickin’ great up here [Prairies] and great things are happening,’ and sharing that with everybody.” – Jade Alberts - Founder, Peer Guidance

    • 27 min
    Ep 74 - Uniting the Prairies 2022 - Prairie tech's going UP!

    Ep 74 - Uniting the Prairies 2022 - Prairie tech's going UP!

    Prairie tech's going UP!
    A special mini-series featuring live interviews from the 2022 Uniting the Prairies Conference in downtown Saskatoon, SK.

    Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a local conference that brings top startups from across the prairies together to connect with global investors and tech leaders to collectively elevate the prairie tech community.

    This year, UP returned to in-person at the Delta Bessborough in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Startupville was granted exclusive access to record on-site interviews during day two of the conference, and with over 12 interviews and 118 minutes of edited content, we’re releasing a four episode mini-series to share everything we learned at UP this year.

    Join us on this first episode as we chat with three brand new guests to Startupville, Amy Bronson (AlchemistX, AB), Jordan Smith (Renterii, MB) and Dawson Norrish (Cubbi, SK). We learn about what's going on with these exciting organizations, get insights into all things UP, and of course, find out how to support our friends in the prairie tech ecosystem.

    This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications

    “Part of our ethos is how you democratize that Silicon Valley access and make that something that you can reach elsewhere, even from Saskatoon.” – Amy Bronson, Director of Global Corporate & Government Innovation, AlchemistX

    • 31 min
    Ep 73 - Inspiration meets Innovation

    Ep 73 - Inspiration meets Innovation

    A special episode in celebration of Canadian Innovation Week & Women Entrepreneurs' Week

    May 16-20 is Canadian Innovation Week and Women Entrepreneurs' Week and, for the first time ever, the Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed this week as Saskatchewan Innovation Week.

    To celebrate, we collaborated with Innovation Saskatchewan and Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK) to highlight and celebrate the hard work of our local entrepreneurs.

    While the technology sector in Saskatchewan is experiencing significant growth, women and Indigenous people continue to be underrepresented in the tech labour market. To address this gap, Innovation Saskatchewan collaborates with various partners to deliver programs centred around skills training and capacity building in underrepresented groups, including partnering with WESK on the Founders Table program, which increase access to funding resources, networks, mentorship, and business advising to women-led tech and tech-enabled companies.

    We spoke with Josie Fries, Marketing Advisor at WESK about their work in the community and the WESK Summit Gala next week and three finalists of the Innovation Award: Kayla Kozan from PEAK Wellness, Dr. Christine Beck from Waggle Mail, and Alicia Soulier from SalonScale. The finalists talked about their creative process, community impact and the innovative entrepreneurs making Saskatchewan proud!

    This podcast is brought to you by Innovation Place & Martin Charlton Communications

    “You just have to act extremely quick because efficiency is really what’s going to make you succeed in this game. You’ve got to get really comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Alicia Soulier, Founder & CEO of SalonScale.

    • 49 min