This year members of Vivametrica’s team including Project Manager Sarah Akierman, Content & Community Manager Rosabel Bong, COO Dr. Christy lane and CFO Haydn Lane took part in Calgary’s first Innovation Rodeo. This event was 5 days of education, collaboration, competition and celebration of Innovation and Entrepreneurship coinciding with “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”, the Calgary Stampede.

Each year the Stampede attracts over a million visitors to the city, so it is a great opportunity to promote local entrepreneurship to international visitors. “Calgary’s Innovation Rodeo connects out of town Innovators and Entrepreneurs with some of Calgary’s most promising Innovators and most successful Entrepreneurs so everyone can develop new skills, solve Innovation Challenges, exchange ideas, and help each other commercialize their Innovations.”

Innovation Rodeo Challenges

During the week participants were posed with Innovation Challenges, real world problems to come up with solutions for. The challenges were posed by The Calgary Stampede, Innovation Rodeo, Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada. At the end of the week, the ideas with the most number of votes went on to pitch to a panel of judges. This year, with her team Sarah took home the winning prize for the top solution.

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Pictured above, Vivametrica’s Sarah Akierman and team member holding their winning belt buckets (center). Innovation Challenge judges panel and event organizer Craig Elias.

Innovation Rodeo Lunch & Learns and Panel Discussions

The Innovation Rodeo also brought in speakers from various backgrounds in entrepreneurship, business leadership and finance to name a few for interactive lunch & learns and panel discussions. These sessions touched on various topics including innovating, building, re-invention of self, thriving as well as financing. Overall good information and insights from the speakers, facilitators and panelists.

Vivametrica was excited to participate in its first year of inception and sees the Innovation Rodeo only growing from here, showcasing and encouraging the growth of Calgary’s entrepreneurial spirit.