Ken Bautista is Co-Founder of Startup Edmonton and Flightpath Ventures, activating and investing in Edmonton's startup community through initiatives like Edmonton Startup Week, The Startup City Project, Students to Startups, and HackLab. He is also a national advisor to the Startup Canada Communities initiative.
Ken has been in the creative/tech industry for over 10 years, co-founding several interactive companies, most recently Rocketfuel Games, an educational games studio, and co-founded community initiatives like TEDxEdmonton and artsScene Edmonton.
Over the years, Ken has been invited to speak/jury at international events including Startup Phenomenon in Boulder, Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum in Hong Kong, Banff World Television Festival, TEDxSummit, and Canadian Arts Summit. He has been recognized in Avenue Magazine's inaugural "Top 40 Under 40" issue, earned a Horizon Alumni Award from the University of Alberta, and was named one of "Alberta's 50 Most Influential People" by Alberta Venture Magazine in 2011.
Ken Bautista Builds Something, Business in Edmonton (cover)
Meet Startup Communities: Edmonton, VegasTech
"Startup Edmonton: One Year Later", Global News Edmonton
"Keys to Building a Startup Community", Startup Canada
"City's Startup Community Rapidly Expanding", Edmonton Sun
"50 Most Influential People in Alberta", Alberta Venture Magazine
"Startup Project Puts Big Bet on Edmonton", The Globe and Mail
"Edmonton's Startup Culture Gaining Maturity, Edmonton Journal
"Small Cities, Big Thinking", National Post
"Mercer Warehouse's Modern Makeover", Avenue Edmonton
"Alberta's Business Person of the Year, 2027", Alberta Venture (cover)
"New Facility to Boost Edmonton's Entrepreneurs", The Globe and Mail
"Where Ideas Collide", Canada.com
"Next Gen Ken", University of Alberta New Trail Alumni Magazine
"Video Game Designers Have a Game Plan", Avenue Magazine
"Making Museums Fun for All", The New York Times
"The Social Ninja of Business", Merge Magazine (cover)
"Top 40 Under 40", Avenue Magazine
"Next Up: Playing to Strengths", Alberta Venture
Here's a collection of insights, presentations, experiences, and random thoughts on startups, creativity, learning and my city:
Embracing Experimentation and Adventure
Why creating opportunities for experimentation and adventure help entrepreneurs overcome uncertainty as they work to build something incredible.
Startups: It's Not a Race, It's Parkour
Slow and steady wins the race. It's a phrase often used in business. But to be a startup entrepreneur, I don't think you need to be built to last a marathon. Instead, I think entrepreneurs should be built to play the game of parkour.
Unstoppable: The Power of TEDx
The first ever TEDxSummit in Doha starts a new chapter for the TEDx community, built around new friendships, peer mentoring, and a shared mission to grow a powerful global community that can activate ideas like no other on the planet.
Stay Out of the Way
The best thing that we can do to support entrepreneurs is to stay out of their way - letting them focus on their companies, their customers, and on building something great. As startups succeed, that's how we'll shape our communities. [via Startup Canada]
Go Great or Go Home
The world doesn't simply need big ideas. Great startup communities empower entrepreneurs with a vision to launch something good and build it into something great over time.
Investing in Startup Culture
Startup Edmonton and our new startup space is about more than just investing in tech startups. It's about spreading startup culture and infusing entrepreneurial thinking into our city's DNA.
City of Champions 2.0
How a new generation of creative, innovative and social entrepreneurs can build on Edmonton's past, re-invest existing wealth and expertise, and establish a new pipeline where the renewable resource is creativity.
Kevin Swan, Principal, iNovia Capital
"I have a lot of respect for Ken as an entrepreneur. He possesses all of the traits that you would look for in getting a vision and company off the ground; energetic, creative, charismatic, smart, strategic and one of the hardest workers I have seen. I have not seen many entrepreneurs in the tech space with as much creative talent as Ken."
Victoria Lennox, Founder/CEO, Startup Canada
"Startup Edmonton is the beacon for all things entrepreneurship in the city of Edmonton and in a short amount of time has become a Canadian model for what a Startup Community could and should be."
Douglas O. Goss, Q.C., AOE, Chair, Board of Governors, University of Alberta
"Startup Edmonton is an innovative organization, led by high energy Edmontonians (Ken Bautista and Cam Linke), which is changing the culture of entrepreneurship in our city. They are at the leading edge in providing the Capital Region with the support for growth and development of early stage businesses. They are having a significant impact on campus at the University of Alberta, where we are ranked among the top 100 universities in engineering, technology and computer sciences in the world. Startup and Flightpath are key drivers to the development of startup-ready talent from our university.""
Tom Hendrickson, Founder/CEO, Mitre Media "I had the pleasure to meet Ken (and co-founder) Cam well before they executed their way, through hard work and an unrelenting entrepreneurial spirit, to advance and see to fruition their vision of a 'Startup City'. I was lucky enough to be one of the first companies to use Startup Edmonton prior to moving within the ecosystem they fostered, an ecosystem the resulted in my company, Mitre Media raising a large round of venture and angel financing and choose Edmonton as the hub our our company's product and development functions. Without Startup Edmonton and Flightpath, our city's entrepreneurial tech community would not be anywhere near where it is today. Ken and Cam personify the requisite vision and drive to make this happen in any successful tech ecosystem. I look forward to continuing to be a part of the Startup City for years to come, with Startup Edmonton as the epicenter."
Lynda Brown-Ganzert, Former President, New Media BC
"Ken is a national treasure, highly valued for his creativity, business acumen and passion for community-building. I have repeatedly appreciated his strategic approach to industry building and project development. Ken's brain is one of the first I tap when I need new insight on a complex problem."
Nichole Anderson, President & CEO, Business for the Arts
"Ken has shown incredible leadership in taking our artsScene program to new heights in Alberta. He has gone above and beyond as a volunteer to create an artsScene network that now includes hundreds of business professionals and creative professionals who are interested in becoming more engaged in the Alberta arts scene. He is exceptionally dedicated, passionate about what he does and extremely talented as a leader. He has also leant web-based strategic support that has helped us create broad awareness for our programming through social media. A true gem."
Sean Embury, Senior Producer, CBC Television
"I've watched Ken's boundless creativity and endless energy bring a number of innovative, award winning, ideas to life. His greatest strength, however, may be his incredible ability to bring people together and get them excited about what's possible. Any chance you get to work with Ken, or even just hang out with him, take it."