The A100 impact

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

The A100 also supports local deal flow by providing advisory and capital across the ecosystem—mainly via Accelerate Fund—expanded awareness about investment and entrepreneurial opportunities, and creating symbiosis and on-the-ground collaboration between various organizations supporting Alberta’s tech leaders and our innovation ecosystem.

Our Team

Tamara Woolgar

Executive Director

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

Chair

Juan Benitez

Secretary & Treasurer

Keith Driver

Director

Shelley Kuipers

Director

Dave Bellous

Director

Shawn Freeman

Director

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.

www.acceleratefund.ca

AccelerateAB

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.

www.accelerateab.com

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.

startalberta.com/news/start-alberta-tech-awards

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

2019-2021

Stephen King

2018

Alice Reimer

2017

Gregg Oldring

2016

Shaheel Hooda

2015

Brad Johns

2014

Shawn Abbott

2011 - 2013

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