Startupville

Startupville

Startupville features interviews with successful small-city tech founders on what it’s like to start and grow a tech startup in a smaller city away from the major hubs of Silicon Valley and Toronto, and how that has shaped their business. At Startupville, we challenge the notion that the next big thing can only be made in Silicon Valley. Startupville is produced in partnership by Innovation Place and Martin Charlton Communications.

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June 23, 2022 47 min

Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a local conference that brings top startups from across the prairies together to connect with global investors and tech leaders to collectively elevate the prairie tech community.

This year, UP returned to in-person at the Delta Bessborough in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Startupville was granted exclusive access to record on-site interviews during day two of the conference, and with over 12 ...

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Prairie tech's going UP!
A special mini-series featuring live interviews from the 2022 Uniting the Prairies Conference in downtown Saskatoon, SK.

Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a local conference that brings top startups from across the prairies together to connect with global investors and tech leaders to collectively elevate the prairie tech community.

This year, UP returned to in-person at the Delta Bessborough...

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Prairie tech's going UP!
A special mini-series featuring live interviews from the 2022 Uniting the Prairies Conference in downtown Saskatoon, SK.


Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a local conference that brings top startups from across the prairies together to connect with global investors and tech leaders to collectively elevate the prairie tech community.

This year, UP returned to in-person at the Delta Bessborough...

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A special episode in celebration of Canadian Innovation Week & Women Entrepreneurs' Week

May 16-20 is Canadian Innovation Week and Women Entrepreneurs' Week and, for the first time ever, the Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed this week as Saskatchewan Innovation Week.

To celebrate, we collaborated with Innovation Saskatchewan and Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK) to highlight and celebrate the hard wo...

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Have you ever kicked yourself for missing one of your child’s hockey games? Well, you’ll never have to do that again with HomeTeam Live’s streaming software that provides broadcast quality video streaming for amateur sports leagues. This service allows for parents, family, coaches, athletes and even scouts to log in and stream games from anywhere in the world.

Co-Founders, Logan Fraser and Tanner Goetz, had worked in the sports m...

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February 16, 2022 28 min

In the mid-late 60’s, the Department of Physics at the University of Saskatchewan launched their Space Engineering Division, mandated to design and build rocket instrumentation for upper atmospheric studies. After the department’s success and revenue gain, they branched out to become their own entity, SED Systems. SED Systems grew to eventually be acquired in 1990 by Calian, another Canadian firm known for space engineering, satell...

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January 19, 2022 26 min

Precision AI is an artificial intelligence (AI) robotics company that’s focused on solving the key food security challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Dan began his career with entrepreneurship and startups in the fin-tech world, but after his partner got their doctorate in AI, they decided to switch gears and focus on changing the future.

Initially focused in a different sector, Dan quickly realized there was a huge gap in ...

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December 15, 2021 30 min

The Startup TnT Fall Investment Summit launched in September of 2021 in Saskatchewan for the first time ever. We talk with Jesse Wiebe, the new local ambassador for Startup TnT about bringing the Thursday Night Tradition to his home province of Saskatchewan after being inspired by co-founders Zach Storms and Tim Lynn. We talk about the summit process, working with founders and investors to build an ecosystem of support, as well as ...

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We talked with Sam Dietrich of Prairie Robotics.

Sam was inspired to create change in the world to make recycling simpler so that we can individually make a positive environmental impact.

After entering a competition to find out how technology can be used to monitor the amount of solid waste generated and disposed of in Saskatchewan, Prairie Robotics used Artificial Intelligence to estimate the weight of the waste entering landfill...

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September 29, 2021 51 min

Global Biotech Week started 18 years ago right here in Canada, and has since gone global, raising awareness for the significant role biotech plays in the world today.

So, to celebrate Global Biotech Week, we’ve interviewed three leaders in the biotech sector, to learn more about what they do, and what makes biotech different from the typical startup experience. We talked with Jay Robinson of Ag-West Bio and the GAAP Accelerator, Co...

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Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a virtual conference on June 23rd and 24th that brings together the top startups from across the Canadian prairies to connect with global investors and tech leaders, and collectively elevate the prairie community.

Leading up to the conference, we are hosting a five episode mini-series to highlight the five major prairie tech cities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Check out the thre...

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Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a virtual conference on June 23rd and 24th that brings together the top startups from across the Canadian prairies to connect with global investors and tech leaders, and collectively elevate the prairie community.

Leading up to the conference, we are hosting a five episode mini-series to highlight the five major prairie tech cities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Check out the thre...

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Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a virtual conference on June 23rd and 24th that brings together the top startups from across the Canadian prairies to connect with global investors and tech leaders, and collectively elevate the prairie community.

Leading up to the conference, we are hosting a five episode mini-series to highlight the five major prairie tech cities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Check out the two ...

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Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a virtual conference on June 23rd and 24th that brings together the top startups from across the Canadian prairies to connect with global investors and tech leaders, and collectively elevate the prairie community.

Leading up to the conference, we are hosting a five episode mini-series to highlight the five major prairie tech cities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Last week our home...

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Uniting the Prairies, or UP Conference, is a virtual conference on June 23rd and 24th that brings together the top startups from across the Canadian prairies to connect with global investors and tech leaders, and collectively elevate the prairie community.   

The Canadian prairies are on a tear, with five cities rapidly growing their tech sectors, and this conference is a chance for each of them to put their collective energy toget...

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April 28, 2021 19 min

We talked with with Dirk Propp of Immigrate Software.

Dirk spent 15 years helping people immigrate to Canada as an immigration consultant. And, with a business growing rapidly through positive referrals, he identified ways to automate parts of his business, while still delivering the same level of referral-worthy service.

Now, Dirk isn’t just helping his business, but the whole Canadian immigration industry, with his startup Immigr...

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We talked with Jessica McNaughton of MemoryKPR.

After years as a successful executive leader, Jessica ventured off on her own to try and solve a problem near and dear to her heart. Keeping peoples’ stories alive.

Jessica started MemoryKPR to fill in the gaps that social media and digitization has left in our lives. Thanks to digitization, we all create our stories in entirely different ways, and Jessica identified a need for creati...

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We talked with Neil Anderson of SkillShark.  

The best ideas often come from lived experience. As a softball coach, Neil experienced firsthand the long, tedious process of athlete evaluations which still involved pen and paper, and mountains of unreliable data that weren’t being used to their full potential.   

So, he took matters into his own hands, and what started as a complex excel spreadsheet is now a user-friendly digital pla...

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In 2015, PLATO Testing identified software testing, a service primarily outsourced to other countries, as an opportunity to help bring more Indigenous people into the ICT industry. Since then, they have trained more than 150 Indigenous people, many of whom still work for the company today.”

“In 2019, they partnered with FHQ Developments, the economic development corporation for the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council in Saskatche...

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We talked with Jared Fedorchuk, CEO and Partner of Levis Tech about their journey as a company. How they started life as a digital agency, and followed their expertise, and the market to change their business

They’ve even started to dive into the startup world, spinning off some of their proprietary tech into products of their own, moving some of their business from a service-based model, to a Software-as-a-service product-based mo...

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