The A100 impact

The true power of the A100 is found behind the scenes where members have significant impact across the province. The force of the membership is felt through the members daily activities supporting and creating local grassroots initiatives, meeting and advising tech entrepreneurs, sitting on Boards, investing in local startups, all while acting as knowledgeable, independent and objective advisors to policy-makers.

The A100 has also supported local deal flow by providing advisory and capital across the ecosystem, expanded awareness about investment and entrepreneurial opportunities in Alberta, and created more synergy and on-the-ground cooperation between various organizations supporting Alberta’s entrepreneurs and its innovation ecosystem.

Our Team

A100 members are the engine of the organization. A lean team drives our daily efforts.

Tamara Woolgar

Executive Director

David Edmonds

Industry Committee Chair, Accelerate Fund

Our purpose, mission and principles

A100 Purpose

Inspire and support generations of Alberta tech entrepreneurs.

A100 Mission

Drive lasting diversification for Alberta’s economy, and engage our community of seasoned technology founders to support up and coming tech entrepreneurs by sharing their experiences and networks.

A100 Core Principles

Focus on the Entrepreneur

Putting people first and developing the full potential in an entrepreneur, not just the business.

Experience-based advice

We’re entrepreneurs too and we’ve walked in your shoes. We understand the challenges that keep you up at night and share real-life advice that we’ve learned the hard way.

Independently funded

An objective, third-party voice to policy makers that can stay true to our objectives and core principles.

Culture of giving back

Every A100 member has received mentorship, guidance or advice over the course of their careers. We pay-it-forward by investing our time and experience.

Partner with community

Collaborate with existing community groups to support and complement grassroots initiatives in the hi-tech startup ecosystem.

Key investments and awards

Accelerate Fund

The Accelerate Fund provides an alternate source of financing to Alberta startups that aren’t yet venture capital ready. The fund helps to foster the growth of Alberta’s technology sector and diversify the province’s economy. The A100 leads the Accelerate Fund Industry Committee, which serves as an objective, hands-on resource to the fund and its portfolio companies. The fund is managed by Yaletown Partners, which reviews applications, performs due diligence, rules on investment decisions and provides ongoing support to portfolio companies.


Powered by the A100, hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors and innovators unite from around the province and beyond to discover Alberta’s fast-growing scene. AccelerateAB is about connecting, educating and showcasing the incredible tech companies that call Alberta home. This annual conference is open to the public and alternates location between Edmonton and Calgary.

Start Alberta Tech Awards

The Start Alberta Tech Awards recognize both individuals and organizations for their contributions to Alberta’s innovation ecosystem and those making a significant impact on the province’s tech sector. Award categories include the A100 One-to-Watch, Tech Deal of the Year, Tech Investor of the Year, and Rod Charko Service Award among others.

Our Board

The strength of the lean A100 organization is amplified by our board. We thank each of our board members for their ongoing vision and contribution.

Aaryn Flynn


Juan Benitez

Secretary & Treasurer

Keith Driver


Shelley Kuipers


Dave Bellous


Shawn Freeman


Past board chairs

Our considerable thanks goes out to our past board chairs for their contribution. Each of these trailblazers has left a valuable mark.

Tim Hodge


Stephen King


Alice Reimer


Gregg Oldring


Shaheel Hooda


Brad Johns


Shawn Abbott

2011 - 2013

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