Young entrepreneur crowdfunding to launch home in a bag concept

Prototype aims to provide protection and connection for those who are affected by displacement and natural disaster

Young entrepreneur crowdfunding to launch home in a bag conceptA former Calgary Bow Valley College student is testing out his “LO8OP Home in a Bag” concept until the end of the month to brave the elements and raise money to move the idea to commercial production. Micah Louison, 24, is camping outside his family’s northeast Calgary home in the Bridgeland area until the end of…

MobSquad receiving support from Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund

Provides clients with teams of top software engineers and data scientists working from satellite offices in Canada

MobSquad receiving support from Opportunity Calgary Investment FundMobSquad is the first company to receive support from the new Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund. The company provides clients in the United States with teams of top software engineers and data scientists working from satellite offices in Canada. It’s establishing a new business based in Calgary with hundreds of high-calibre software developers across Canada. “We…

Can we avoid another financial crisis?

We need to embrace intangible assets. And the lending world and investors need to free up funds to support intangible creators

Can we avoid another financial crisis?Could intangibles help avert the next financial crisis? Yes. And they'd better, because the train of global prosperity is about to jump the track and intangible assets are the only possible salvation. Today's headlines are depressing. There's a constant stream of negativity led by U.S. President Donald Trump's assault on the North American Free Trade…

Block Talk works to put the community concept back into people’s lives

Michael Murray talks about how his app sends real-time messages from where you live, work and play

Block Talk works to put the community concept back into people’s livesMichael Murray is founder of Block Talk. Calgary’s Business: What’s Block Talk? Murray: Block Talk is an app for your phone. You should download it to send and receive urgent safety alerts specific to the communities you choose to follow. It has five other categories of communication, including a platform to communicate non-urgent crime such…

How browseYYC brings local choices to Calgary consumers

Teara McGinn has helped create a shared shopping website that showcases Calgary-produced goods

How browseYYC brings local choices to Calgary consumersTeara McGinn is co-founder of browseYYC. Calgary’s Business: What is browseYYC and how does it work? McGinn: browseYYC is a ‘shop local, online’ marketplace. It’s a website where people can experience the convenience of online shopping with the feel-good value of supporting local businesses. By allowing all types of sellers (retailers, artisans, etc) across the…

U of C’s Haskayne School of Business helping energy startups

Twenty-five ventures to be selected for the launch of the Creative Destruction Lab Energy program

U of C’s Haskayne School of Business helping energy startupsThe University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business is launching a new program to help early-stage energy ventures bring their technologies to the market. This weekend, the school’s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Rockies will select a group of 25 ventures for the program’s launch of CDL Energy. “Calgary is already known for its pioneers and…

RV-rent entrepreneurs persevered until business was rolling

It took Chad and Cherie Ball of Wheel Estate years to get their business on the road, but they refused to abandon their dreams

RV-rent entrepreneurs persevered until business was rollingChad and Cherie Ball are owners of Wheel Estate. Calgary’s Business: What is Wheel Estate and how did the company come into being? Chad and Cherie: Wheel Estate is a peer-to-peer RV trailer sharing marketplace. We efficiently connect people who would like to rent a travel trailer with owners whose trailer would otherwise go unused, backing…

Baby Gourmet makes baby food even you will eat

We put premium gas in our luxury cars so why not put the best, highest quality baby food into the most important members of your family?

Baby Gourmet makes baby food even you will eatJennifer Carlson is co-founder of Baby Gourmet and academic chair (Innovation and New Ventures) at SAIT's School of Business. Calgary’s Business: How did the idea of establishing Baby Gourmet come about? Carlson: The idea for Baby Gourmet came about 13 years ago when my then six-month-old daughter was starting solids and I was not happy…

Arlene Dickinson’s vision of Alberta’s economic future

‘To create an economy that’s not boom and bust, we need to begin building on our expertise in agriculture and health sciences’

Arlene Dickinson’s vision of Alberta’s economic futureArlene Dickinson is president and CEO of Venture Communications and president and CEO of  District Ventures Capital. Calgary’s Business: What would you say are the key things that separate a successful entrepreneur from those who fail? Dickinson: I think successful entrepreneurs not only have vision, but the determination to see their vision through. Those who…

Creating harmonious spaces with soul in the home

Ana Cummings of ANA Interiors strives to combine a sense of purpose, style, beauty, art and culture in her work for homeowners

Creating harmonious spaces with soul in the homeAna Cummings is owner and principal designer of ANA Interiors. Calgary's Business: Tell me about ANA Interiors. How and when did it start? What do you do? Cummings: ANA Interiors is a multiple national-award-winning full-service design and decorating firm, which was incorporated in 2016. I had practised professionally for 10 years prior to that under…