Edmonton Startup, Jobber, Opens Toronto Office to Keep Pace with Global Growth

Jobber, the software platform that helps home service businesses be more successful, announced the opening of its Toronto, Canada office to support the rapid growth of its global customer base.
“We’re really excited to announce the opening of a Jobber office in downtown Toronto,” says Sam Pillar, Jobber’s co-founder and CEO. “Edmonton has been a fantastic place to grow Jobber to date, and we’ve been fortunate to thrive as one of the city’s fastest growing tech companies. As we gain momentum and push through the 100 employee mark, establishing a Toronto office to grow alongside Edmonton will help ensure we’re able to continue providing the industry-leading product and experience the market has come to expect from us.”

While the company is expanding, Pillar says the team is committed to its headquarters in Edmonton; in fact, he wants to set an example for other burgeoning tech companies in the city.

Since receiving $8-million of series A financing in 2015 led by OMERS Ventures, Jobber now serves tens of thousands of users in over 30 countries who deliver more than USD $100-Million in services each month. Home service companies rely on Jobber to help them run every aspect of their business — from quoting jobs and managing team schedules to billing, invoicing, and payments, Jobber makes running a service business easy.

Visit getjobber.com to learn more.

Startup Edmonton Shares How To Invest in Startups

Tiffany Linke-Boyko, CEO – Startup Edmonton, mentors and works with founders as part of the Preflight program, a 20-week intensive for early-stage tech-enabled products and companies. As these founders focus on customer validation, minimum viable products, and preparing to pitch to investors, often they can get distracted by asking the wrong questions when meeting with mentors. In this article from Alberta Venture, Tiffany outlines some of the best steps founders of tech-enabled companies can take when considering investment and scaling their efforts.

Read the Alberta Venture article here.

Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre (AATC) Drives Productivity

The Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre (AATC), opened in June 2015, is the result of a partnership formed between Edmonton International Airport (EIA), Canadian North, Canadian Helicopters, EEDC, and the Government of Alberta, located at the Edmonton International Airport.

The original goal of this project was to enhance domestic and international awareness of Edmonton International Airport (EIA) as an aviation training centre and to bolster Alberta’s reputation for aeronautical innovation and opportunity, but it has grown potential for expanded operations with additional or new technology improvements, more simulators and investment.

This aviation consortium is a direct effort to diversify our economy by creating a new knowledge-based cluster of economic activity in the Edmonton Metro Region that will attract new revenue, new business and new highly qualified people to Alberta.

Two years into this three-year project, productivity in Alberta’s aerospace has increased by reducing training costs and introducing new technology solutions to local companies. Now that two simulators (737-300 Classic and an AS350 Level 7) are installed and operational, available capacity has been made available to other air service providers.

To learn more about the AATC, visit EIA’s website here.

Edmonton continues to flex its AI muscles

The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (AMII) is a world leader in the fields of machine intelligence, artificial intelligence and reinforcement learning, currently focusing on commercial opportunities and bringing the startup mindset to its work. It’s first commercial effort is PFM Scheduling, an AI solution for automating schedule-building processes in healthcare.

PFM Scheduling is a Startup Edmonton Launch Party alumni company, launching its concept at Edmonton Startup Week for an audience of supportive investors, customers and community leaders. Startup Edmonton supports founders of tech-enabled products and companies through programs, a strong community network, and collaborative workspace. This mix provides the greatest chance for ongoing learning, talent acquisition and retention, and creative collisions to move ideas forward more quickly.

Cam Linke, Co-Founder Startup Edmonton and Board Member of AMII, shares his thoughts on the role the startup community plays in developing artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies into a variety of startup opportunities in this article from Denise Deveau at the Financial Post.

See the Financial Post story here.

HackED Draws Over 100 Students

Students play an important role at Startup Edmonton as future team members at scaling companies, providing fresh perspectives at enterprise-level corporations, and even building their own companies. Startup Edmonton engages with students with a series of hackathons and hack days. This takes the pressure of grades off the table and helps them focus on the skills they might not learn in school. More than 100 students from three post-secondary campuses joined Startup Edmonton for HackED on January 28 & 29. Produced by the CompE Club, in association with Startup Edmonton, the event aims to inspire students from technical programs to build projects over a 36-hour period.

Hackathons build competency in problem-solving, team-based development workflows, and provides an additional opportunity for students to connect with startup, scale-up and enterprise level technology companies (who serve as on-site mentors & judges).

For the 2017 winter edition, HackED established a new partnership with Major League Hacking which provides students to greater access to hardware and software resources for their projects. Two student projects will be featured at DemoCamp 35 on March 7.

Read the full story on the Startup Edmonton blog here.