Ken Bautista is Co-Founder/CEO of Startup Edmonton and Director of Entrepreneurship at Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, activating and investing in Edmonton's startup community through initiatives like Edmonton Startup Week 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 including 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 is a member of the University of Alberta Alumni Council and TELUS Community Board. 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.
A collection of insights, presentations, experiences, and random thoughts on startups, creativity, learning and my city:
The Next Five Years
Some exciting news about the future of Startup Edmonton and what we're doing to scale up our growth and impact.
Evolution of a Startup Community
Looking back on the last five years working to ignite Edmonton's startup community and the story of Startup Edmonton.
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.
"Canada should focus on startup communities", National Post (op-ed)
"Faces of a Century", University of Alberta New Trail Alumni Magazine
"GameChangers: Ken Bautista", Global News Edmonton
"Ken Bautista Builds Something", Business in Edmonton (cover)
"Alberta's Big Cities Great for Entrepreneurs", Alberta Primetime
"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 Magazine
"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 Magazine
© 2011-2014 by Ken Bautista. Interested in working together? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.