7 cohorts, 111 founders and 89 companies later, the Junction program has officially come to a close as Platform Calgary joins forces with Innovate Edmonton for Alberta Catalyzer, a new province-wide pre-accelerator program.
Junction, a 9-week residency program, was designed to help startup entrepreneurs establish clear foundations for their technology-driven businesses. The program was a combination of educational content, applied workshops and events, also covering crucial topics such as pitch coaching, building a board of advisors and mental wellness.
With the help of dedicated Advisors, founders left Junction with a 12 to 18-month roadmap for their business, and were ready to take advantage of accelerators and investment opportunities.
Words From Our Alumni
"This program has been instrumental in getting us organized as a biz. The data room assignment has forced a level or organization that I would have never achieved and also illuminated the stuff we have been missing."
- Jaime Wood, Fanoramas
“Junction has helped me focus on getting ready for our next round of investment and ensuring that we are ready to communicate the opportunity to potential investors. We’ve also identified a couple blind spots that we should be focused on, including establishing a Board of Directors now that we have raised money from friends & family.”
- Derrick Koenig, BoxOfDocs
"I’m enlightened and see my business in a completely new light. Particularly, I see how I cannot do this alone anymore. Now I have the skill sets and vision to strategically hire people or services to move forward. I now have a 2 year, battle tested, road map ahead of me and I now know how external parties measure the health of my business."
- Mike Grossman, PPEHQ
“Through Junction, I have been able to take my business from ideation to a business that is generating revenue and create a path for growth. The sessions each week are curated around the needs of the entrepreneurs first and allow us to be equipped for the challenges that we face on a day to day basis and ones that we will face for years to come.”
- Umair Tazeem, Embold
Junction’s content and philosophy has been transferred to Alberta Catalyzer, which will help founders across Alberta throughout all the stages of building and growing their business.