INVENTURE$ 2023 is set to take over Calgary this May and June across three days of learning, inspiration, and creative collisions.
“From rousing keynotes and expert panels, to startup pitch competitions and informal networking opportunities, Inventures is the must-attend event of 2023,” organizers state online. “It’s a one-stop opportunity to gauge fast-growing players through pitch competitions and discover investment gems across the entrepreneurial landscape.”
The event grants access to investors, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs through keynotes, panels, pitch events and informal networking opportunities, alongside multiple programming streams for discovery, sharing, and deeper learning in emerging and transforming industries, according to organizers.
With a theme of “Innovation Overdrive,” this year’s tracks include The Metaverse, Future of Work, Computing Infinity, Health Innovation, and Ag-Tech.
Speakers include Matt Anderson-Baron, who cofounded Future Fields, a startup based in Edmonton looking to change the world with fruit flies. Also speaking is Dr. Timnit Gebru, founder of the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Research Institute. Her organization considers how AI intersects with privacy, surveillance, bias, and discrimination.
Other speakers will include Matthew Ball, managing partner of EpyllionCo, and Michio Kaku, a theoretical physics expert from City University of New York.
The most recent speaker announcement is Duncan Wardle, former senior executive at Disney, who will present a keynote address on Wednesday, May 31. He worked at Disney for 25 years and is now an independent innovation consultant who teaches design thinking master classes at Yale and Harvard.
Wardle will use his experience at Disney to provide attendees with answers, tools, and skills to break through creative blocks and drive results. His unique approach focuses on placing the end-user at the core of the creative process, as well as looking in unusual places to uncover insights for innovation and generate disruptive ideas.
This approach can give any business a competitive advantage, he believes.
“Really good things happen at the space where innovation and creativity intersect,” stated Laura Kilcrease, CEO of Alberta Innovates. “INVENTURE$ creates opportunities for collisions just like those that Duncan Wardle is talking about.”
INVENTURE$ was launched in 2018 as a global innovation experience hosted by Alberta Innovates to bring together the world’s brightest minds, angels, venture capitalists and industry leaders.
Also in June arrives mesh, another Calgary tech event you won’t want to miss.