Founded in 2010, Startup Calgary is an community-driven, grassroots, non-profit organization with the mission to activate startups, connect founders and grow our tech ecosystem.
Launch Party is an annual celebration of Calgary's startup community where 10 of the newest and most promising local tech startups are showcased to an audience of entrepreneurs, investors, government, corporations, media and more. Awards and prizes are given, and the community as a whole comes together to celebrate entrepreneurship.
Last year more than $50,000 worth of prizes were given out to showcase companies and 507 people attended the event. We had guests from as far away as Toronto and San Francisco!
RAY MUZYKA, CO-FOUNDER, BIOWARE
Dr. Ray Muzyka co-founded BioWare, a video game development studio that was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2007 and he took on the role of General Manager of EA’s BioWare division, which grew over the next five years to span eight locations worldwide with over 1400 full time employees.
Dr. Muzyka retired from video games in 2012, with his third 'career chapter' at ThresholdImpact focused on mentoring and angel investing in IT, new media and medical innovations with social entrepreneurs. He is an active angel investor, and is also co-Chairman of CodeBaby, a leader in web-based virtual agent technology. Dr. Muzyka is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization, the A100, and the Ashoka Support Network. Read more
RAHUL SOOD, GM, MICROSOFT VENTURES
Rahul is the General Manager of Microsoft Ventures which operates startup accelerators and outreach around the world and also runs a strategic fund that makes seed investments in startups.
A serial entrepreneur, Sood spent 18 years in multiple startups prior to joining Microsoft. He founded luxury gaming computer manufacturer VoodooPC out of Calgary, which was acquired by HP in September of 2006. Subsequently Rahul became HP's CTO for Global Gaming & Advanced Computing. Voodoo brought the ENVY product line to HP, contributing advanced technologies, such as commercial liquid cooling, and an increased focus on design. Read more
5:00 PM COCKTAIL RECEPTION
6:00 PM OPENING REMARKS & KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Rahul Sood, Partner/ GM, Microsoft Ventures
Ray Muzyka, Co-founder, BioWare
6:30 PM STARTUP PITCHES
10 of the most innovative startups of the year present on stage
7:00 PM NETWORKING BREAK & DEMO ALLEY
Audience gets to vote for their favourite startup
8:30 PM AWARDS CEREMONY
9:00 PM CLOSING
9:30 PM AFTER PARTY