Celebrating YEG's startup ecosystem

We strengthen the YEG business community with opportunities to expand networks, deepen relationships, and celebrate success within our local startup community.

Awareness is key to building our vibrant, healthy, and thriving startup ecosystem. We do this by promoting champions to the greater community to build deeper connections.

Our school of thought. What started as just an idea has become something so much more because we all share so many things in common.


Stay curious

We are entrepreneurs at heart with a burning desire to collaborate and solve problems.


Be respectful

We embrace diversity of thought and celebrate our unique contributions.


Do good work

We work hard on innovative business challenges in sustainable ways.

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Meet the awesome people behind the awards. We believe a stronger startup community is only possible when we learn, grow and collaborate together.

2023 Team

Emily Marino

YEG Superfan

I love to build things! Excited to contribute to the community and celebrate with everyone.
Cory Sellar

Service Provider

I’m passionate about telling stories of Edmonton’s innovation community.
Marina Barbu

Service Provider

I'm an innovation enthusiast driven by making an impact with a passion for building communities and supporting startups.
Candice Sawchuk

I am a passionate event specialist and community builder. Bringing people together to do amazing things (or to have amazing times) never gets old.
Leo Anian Atienza

Student, Builder

"The best way to predict your future is to create it." - Abe Lincoln. NAIT student, Computer Software Development 2023
Rob Davy

I like lasers. I like smoke machines. It's unclear which I like more.
Dominique Beaupre


I help grow promising startup initiatives that make sustainable economic and social impacts.
Jonah Tetz

I empower startups by streamlining workflows and automating systems.
Shay Barker

YEG Superfan

Big fan of supporting YEG's Startup Community and seeing it grow
Lan Tan

Entrepreneur Enabler

I am a cheerleader of the Edmonton Innovation community and support entrepreneurs towards impactful growth.
James Keirstead

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead.
Radha Saikia

Customer Success

I help make samdesk's customers & products successful.
Eric Pelletier

I love helping people and businesses grow with the help of technology
Paul Larney

YEG Superfan

Empowering Success Through Strategy, Creativity, and Innovation
Greg Burlet

YEG Superfan

"Do, or do not, there is no try" - Yoda. I like building tech. I like music.
Nancy Gordy

I'm a Product Marketing Specialist at Amii, but also an extreme dog-mom and lover of all things Edmonton!
Ace Nasir

YEG Superfan

"I’m a Mandalorian. Weapons are part of my religion.” - The Mandalorian. Resident social media guru.
Steven Lin

Outreach Worker

I love youth empowerment, youth leadership, and learning new skills.

Join our team. Apply to be part of something truly amazing as a general, organizing, and steering committee member today!

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The 2022 Judges: Meet the YEG Startup Community Awards adjudication committee.

Brandon Kwong

Edmonton Chief Organizer

Adam Danyleyko

Service Provider

Christian Tokarski


Radha Saikia

Customer Success

Lan Tan

Entrepreneur Enabler

Shalon McFarlane

Service Provider

Ruth Spetter

Marketing Consultant

Barbara MacKenzie

Service Provider

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2023 Show Sponsors: We're thrilled to have all of these amazing sponsors helping us make it happen!

applied pharmaceutical innovation
48 Hour Discovery
JR Shaw School of Business
Edmonton Downtown Business Association
500 Global
The Gather Co
Alberta Enterprise Corporation
Levven Electronics
Work Nicer
G2V Optics
Edmonton Unlimited
Sprout Fund
Areto Labs
Endeavour Advisory