Mentor YOU event (Calgary): Start-Ups and Your Career

Time: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014, 6:30-9:00 pm

Location: Innovate Calgary (3553-31 St. NW, Calgary)

Summary: You may know many of the big companies in town, but tend to neglect the opportunity to launch your career in one of many small businesses. Join us for a talk about how start-up companies can fit into your career plan. Through presentations select entrepreneurs will share their experiences and know-how, which may kick-start your successful employment in a start-up. During the networking breaks you will have the chance to get more answers and connect with start-up mentors.


  • Business skills in the start-up environment – Key mistakes made along the way and important lessons to learn before working in this environment.
    by Cara Wolf – President, Ammolite Strategies Inc.
    BComm in Marketing, MBA in Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurship, Executive Certified Management Consultant designation
    Specialties: Strategic planning and business development, corporate communications, financial and business analyses, organizational design, change management, leadership development, globalization readiness assessments, technology commercialization, information and communication technology assessments, stakeholder negotiation, project management, intergovernmental relations
  • How to find start-ups in Calgary – what are the components of the “minimal viable company”?
    by Andrew Sanden – Entrepreneur Advisor at Innovate Calgary
    BSc in Software Engineering, MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance
    Specialties: Financial modeling, software project outsourcing, large scale integration, customer communication, project management, business strategy, entrepreneurial advisory.
  • How is it to work in a start-up environment? – Pros and cons to being in a business like this?
    by Jeff LaFrenz – President at Vizworx Inc.
    MSc in Electrical Engineering, BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Specialties: Multi-disciplinary integration, business strategy, business operations, business development, project management, research and development, sales and marketing, systems design.

6:30 – Arrival/Registration
7:00 – Presentation 1
7:30 – Presentation 2
8:00 – Presentation 3
8:30 – Networking Session
9:30 – Wrap-Up and Clean Up

Registration: $10 online at