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Startup Launch Party Applications Open Now with $10,000 Cash Prize Awarded by Edmonton Unlimited

Flagship Event of Edmonton Startup Week Showcases Local Innovators, with a Chance to Win $10,000 Cash Prize* in Celebration of 10th Anniversary.

Edmonton, AB August 16, 2023 – Showcasing 10 of Edmonton’s hottest startups, Launch Party is the annual flagship event of Edmonton Startup Week, a community-led event celebrating its 10th year and produced by Edmonton Unlimited. This October, the $10,000 cash prize aims to ensure that one winning company has early capital towards a major growth milestone.

“Innovation is a team game and we’re excited to build upon the successes of Launch Party in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Edmonton Startup Week with the announcement of this significant prize for one lucky local startup,” said Edmonton Unlimited CEO Catherine Warren. “The idea behind Launch Party is to identify and introduce 10 amazing Edmonton startups for all Edmontonians to support and celebrate in the year ahead. With this prize we are recognizing ten years of community success celebrating startups and kick-starting a $10,000 opportunity for a winning Launch Party company.”

“I had the privilege of being part of the top ten for Launch Party 13 last fall and I encourage every single one of you when you are building your business to apply for Launch Party,” said Ordr Co-Founder Evan Waine. “The event led to so much buzz and opportunity for our company, I couldn’t have replicated it myself.”

“Jobber’s experience both presenting at and attending Launch Party over the years was formative for us, giving us an important opportunity to practice pitching and to get to know others in the community,” said Jobber CEO Sam Pillar. “You have to get out from behind the desk every once in a while when you’re building, and this is a great excuse to do so. Every young company should go!”

Since 2010, 115 celebrated companies have launched their businesses and raised more than $398.8M USD in investment and $25.7M CDN in grants to grow and scale. These startups have positively contributed to Edmonton’s innovation ecosystem value growth of 96% since 2022.

“Edmonton-based solutions and companies are a key driver of economic growth for our city,” said City of Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi. “Successful startups benefit us all, sparking job creation, investment stimulation, and economic diversification.”

Launch Party 14 applications are now open. Apply here.

Launch Party 14 will be held at the Edmonton Convention Centre on Thursday, October 12 at 6pm. Tickets are available here. Edmonton Startup Week runs from October 10 to 14, and features free events, workshops, panels, and socials happening throughout the city. Register here.

*Terms and conditions for winning the $10,000 cash prize will be provided to applicants chosen to participate in Launch Party 14. Only those chosen applicants will be eligible to win the $10,000 Cash Prize.

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