Innovation Saskatchewan is responsible for implementing the province’s innovation priorities and helping grow Saskatchewan’s tech sector. Effective April 2022, this includes operation of the Innovation Place technology parks in Saskatoon and Regina.


Prairie Tech Is Going Up, Up, Up!

The 2022 Uniting The Prairies conference is officially wrapped and we were so thrilled to help sponsor it and bring the Startupville Thunderdome to life!

Congrats to the Co.Labs team for bringing over 550 attendees, 110 startups and 70 investors together from across the Prairies (and more!) to talk tech and connect.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who entered the Startupville Thunderdome to share their startup journeys, mentoring advice, investment secrets and so much more.

Stay tuned for future Startupville podcast episode(s) featuring the following guests:

From Manitoba:

  • Jordan Smith, Founder & CEO of Renterii
  • Renterii is a peer-to-peer app that makes it easy for people across Canada to list, discover and rent everyday items and spaces wherever they are, directly from the user.
  • Noah Palansky, CEO of Taiv
  • Taiv automatically replaces TV commercials with targeted content to increase revenue and create continuity in your customer's environments.

From Saskatchewan:

  • Jeff Dyck, Senior Director of Engineering at Siemens Digital Industries Software
  • Jeff Dyck is a well-known mentor in the Saskatchewan tech ecosystem because of his community involvement with startups and experience with software companies Solido, Mentor Graphics and now Siemens.
  • Dawson Norrish, Founder of Cubbi
  • Cubbi, formerly Arctic Shelf, is an IoT refrigerated locker solution that allows people to store food in secure mini-fridges at workplaces, schools and more.
  • Melanie Morrison, Founder & CEO of BetterCart Analytics
  • BetterCart Analytics is price analytics software that allows retailers and producers to make data-driven decisions to increase their profit margin and market share.
  • Krystian Olszanski, Co-founder & CTO of Cadence
  • Cadence is a digital executor assistant that streamlines the bereavement process to help grieving families navigate complexities and reduce stress.
  • Blaine Korte, Co-founder of Fidu
  • Fidu is a client experience platform that helps law firms deliver continuous value with a client dashboard, custom knowledge base and document generation.
  • Keli Propp, Chief Product Officer, Immigrate Software
  • Immigrate is a software platform that makes the process of immigrating to Canada easier for employees and employers, making immigration more affordable and accessible.
  • Hassan Naqvi, Ambassador at Startup TNT
  • Hassan Naqvi is an angel investor and Ambassador at Startup TNT in Regina interested in investing in local companies to boost the attention and reputation of the Regina and Saskatchewan tech scene.

From Alberta:

  • Amy Bronson, Director of Global Corporate & Government Innovation, AlchemistX
  • AlchemistX is the corporate division of Alchemist Accelerator, a venture-backed initiative focused on accelerating the development of early-stage ventures that monetize from enterprises.
  • Jade Alberts, Founder of Peer Guidance and Lead Ambassador at Startup TNT
  • Jade Alberts is an entrepreneur, angel investor and strategist well-known in the Alberta tech ecosystem for his vast experience and straightforward advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Cressida Raffin, Founder of Birdie Break
  • Birdie Break is an app that allows parents to access, book and pay for high-quality, pre-screened childcare and tutors in a convenient and trusted way.

Check out tons of photos on our Instagram, Facebook and Linkedin! Happy listening and see you at UP 2023!

- May 12, 2022