By Karen Unland
The 10 companies to be showcased at Launch Party 13 on Oct. 20 include a number of graduates of accelerators attracted to Edmonton in the past year.
The Public Food Hub, a marketplace connecting food lovers to food makers and experiences, and Cash2Crypto, a platform for exchanging cryptocurrency, were part of the first cohort of Alberta Accelerator by 500, which wrapped up in the spring. And DeepBlue Greens, an agritech startup that develops products to increase crop yield in indoor farms, was part of the second cohort of Alberta Catalyzer, the pre-accelerator run by Edmonton Unlimited and Platform Calgary.
Other Launch Party companies have amassed some pitching experience via Startup TNT. For example, Kidney-Chek by sn biomedical pitched at the Life Sciences Investment Summit in February, and was part of the Top 20 pitch night for Investment Summit VI on Oct. 6. Meanwhile, Bladeflex, which makes and distributes healthcare solutions for musculoskeletal problems, made it into the Investment Summit V finale.
The Public Food Hub is not the only Launch Party company at the intersection of food and tech. This year's class also includes Oonnie Food Technologies, an online marketplace aiming to make it easier to regularly shop for local food, as well as Ordr, a to-your-seat delivery service for sports venues that is serving fans of basketball, lacrosse, and baseball, with more integrations on the way.
Rounding out the Launch Party class of 2022 are AIRMarket, which helps customers operate drones safely and efficiently; Liquid Software Corporation, which provides cloud-based business software called Edge-LQ to a wide range of industries; and Varme Energy, which diverts waste from landfills and decreases greenhouse gas emissions.
Launch Party is the flagship event of Edmonton Startup Week, which runs from Oct. 17 to 22. This will be the first such event under Edmonton Unlimited, the entity formerly known as Innovate Edmonton, which had inherited Startup Edmonton, the birthplace of Edmonton Startup Week.