LWOL Recap: Colin Christensen on March 6th

March 06, 2019 13:45 By Aaron - Comment(s)

Today the Rainforest gathered to hear from experienced entrepreneur Colin Christensen. According to Colin, entrepreneurship is not intuitive; success comes from tons of conversations with clients, good mentoring, seeking external input and having reliable friends around. 

Colin has been in and a...

Hussein Hallak on March 4th

March 05, 2019 11:51 By Aaron - Comment(s)
On March 4th, Alberta Innovates hosted Hussein Hallak, part of the ongoing Alberta Innovation Network meetups this week. Hussein talked about How to Build an Entrepreneur Ecosystem. As a serial entrepreneur and Evangelist at Vancouver's Launch Academy (one of North America's leading tech incubators)...

LWOL Recap: Feb 27, 2019

February 27, 2019 13:47 By Aaron - Comment(s)

Today, RaInforest went back in time and used the old LWOL format: structured small group conversations. The concept is to facilitate a discussion with people that our attendees have not met before in order to learn:

  • Who you are?
  • Why you are interested in the Rainforest concept?
  • What do you need help wi...

LWOL Recap: Jim Ward on Feb 20, 2019

February 27, 2019 13:46 By Aaron - Comment(s)

"Please get out there and start screwing up!" These were the final words form Jim as he shared his personal entrepreneurial journey. Jim's personal journey certainly includes a number of 'screw ups', but each was a learning opportunity for Jim, his family, and his company. 

Jim conside...

LWOL Recap: Sean Collins on Feb 13, 2019

February 18, 2019 15:33 By Aaron - Comment(s)

Sean is the founder of Student Energy, and President of Terrapin Geothermics. Sean is one of very few local entrepreneurs to raise only Edmonton-based capital. 

Sean works in Alberta's low-carbon economy, an underrepresented area of our economy. Sean grew up in Fort McMurray and paid for his uni...

LWOL Recap: Ashif Mawji on Feb 6, 2019

February 06, 2019 23:03 By Aaron - Comment(s)
The first week of #FriendlyFebruary started with a presentation from Ashif Mawji. Ashif is a serial social entrepreneur and investor who has built & sold several enterprises and is heavily engaged in the community. He presently serves as a Venture Partner at Rising Tide (a San Francisco Bay...

LWOL Recap: Brett Ireland on Jan 30, 2019

February 02, 2019 11:01 By Aaron - Comment(s)

On January 30th, we heard from Brett Ireland from Bear Hill Brewing Company. Unfortunately, Brett didn't bring anty samples but he did bring a great story with some excellent advice for emerging entrepreneurs. 

Brett Ireland is co-owner of Bearhill Brewing which consists of four brewpubs: Jasper...

LWOL Recap: Tim Gourlay on Jan 23, 2019

January 31, 2019 12:04 By Aaron - Comment(s)

Rainforester's braved the cold to hear from long time entrepreneur Tim Gourlay, Founder and CEO of Fitset.  Tim is a former athlete who had no plan to become a business owner, he wanted to be a pro athlete until things changed - after a few seasons of playing pro volleyball, Tim decided to come...

2019 LWOL #1

January 17, 2019 17:54 By Aaron - Comment(s)

Nearly 60 people packed into the beautiful new Beaver House location of Work Nicer to listen to James Keirstead, Councillor Mike Nichol, and MLA David Sheppard speak.

James shared stories from his entrepreneurial journey, from his time with Arctic Spas to buying the company that would become Levven E...

January Events!

January 17, 2019 17:31 By Aaron - Comment(s)
Welcome to 2019 Rainforest'ers! We are excited to announce that Lunch without Lunch (LWOL) will now be every Wedensday in both Edmonton and Calgary! 

Join us on January 16th for the first LWOL of 2019, or January 24th for the first Connector of 2019 and get your business off on the right foot - ...
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