What is Innovation Rodeo?
Innovation Rodeo is an empowering five-afternoon event that takes place during Stampede week.
Inspired by the spirit of western hospitality and entrepreneurship, the event connects some of Alberta’s newest changemakers, best problem solvers, brightest innovators, and most promising entrepreneurs and helps each create and monetize innovative products and services.
Innovation Rodeo uses keynote speakers, panel discussions, Innovation Challenges, and pitch competitions to help participants start new conversations, exchange ideas and share connections while developing the relationships and skills needed to commercialize their ideas faster.
Spearheaded by Bow Valley College, Innovation Rodeo is widely promoted by our community partners and is celebrated as an ingenious way to grow the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Alberta. Sponsorship and revenue from ticket sales from Innovation Rodeo go towards supporting first-time Entrepreneurs in Alberta’s publicly funded colleges, universities, and polytechnics.
Innovation Rodeo is one of the key annual 150 Startups activities. Bow Valley College’s 150 Startups program aims to reach aspiring and first-time post-secondary school students during the earliest stages of entrepreneurship, providing them with the guidance, tools, skills, and mindset to take on the challenge of becoming a first-time entrepreneur. Key annual 150 Startups activities include: Innovation Rodeo, Entrepreneurship Skill Building Webinars, Lean Startup Challenges, Lean Canvas Boot Camp, Most Promising Entrepreneur Competition, and Alumni & Student Leadership Development.
Innovation Rodeo 2021
This year Innovation Rodeo will once again be held in a virtual environment from July 12th to July 16th with a focus on Investor Readiness. This theme was inspired by the feedback we received from last year’s participants on what they would like to learn about the most, and from our conversations with leaders in the Alberta entrepreneurship ecosystem who have shared that there is currently a gap between investors and investment-ready ventures.
Monday will feature Bob Moesta, President & CEO of the Re-Wired Group and author of Demand-Side Sales, and Katelyn Bourgoin, CEO & Lead Trainer of Customer Camp and Board member for the Volta Cohort program which helps startups secure venture capital sooner, in a by-invitation-only VIP session on Monday morning and a public session on Monday afternoon.
For the 2021 Innovation Rodeo, our lunchtime panels (12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.) will focus on the different types of funding available for startups:
- Tuesday: Non-dilutive
- Wednesday: Angel Investor
- Thursday: Venture Capital
Each panel will be moderated by an expert within each of the funding streams and will feature company founders who have successfully raised Non-dilutive, Angel Investor or Venture Capital funding.
This year's event is shaping up to be a much-needed response to an investment readiness gap that currently exists in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Alberta. We are excited to explore this partnership opportunity with you to support more Alberta entrepreneurs to become investor-ready and to help contribute to the economic recovery of our province.
Founding Partners of the 150 Startups Program
Innovation Rodeo 2020 Winners
The six finalists from the regional rounds of the student pitch competition pitched to early-stage investors while competing for an additional $17,500 in cash and the chance to win one of three $12,000 US scholarships to Draper University’s Hero Training, the top Entrepreneurship Program in Silicon Valley.
1st Place (Tie) - Chinook Aerosports: A high-tech smart disc for disc golf.
1st Place (Tie) - Veras Technologies INC: A blockchain-driven, secure voting platform that allows users to sign in virtually and cast ballots from anywhere in the world.
3rd Place - Agriolabs: Stackable smart in-home garden systems for fresh & sustainable veggies, even for those who can't keep anything alive