Hi there, I'm Ken.
I'm a co-founder of The Public, a marketplace connecting food lovers and makers through kitchens, markets and community; and partner at Makespace Group, powering a portfolio of startups and spaces for modern creators and consumers.
Previously, I co-founded Startup Edmonton, a community hub for entrepreneurs, and Flightpath Ventures, advising and investing in early stage tech startups. I've also led the development of multiple innovation campuses and spaces from initial concept to building operation, including Platform Calgary, Mercer Warehouse, and Elko Engineering Garage at the University of Alberta. As an innovation policy shaper, I led as Director of Entrepreneurship at Edmonton Economic Development, and was a founding advisor of the Startup Canada Communities initiative.
Helping Food Entrepreneurs Find the Recipe for Success
Bloom: The Podcast About Innovation in Edmonton
Design Founders and the Start-up Revolution
Situating Design in Alberta, University of Alberta Press
Making Space Better
Canada Should Focus on Startup Communities
Return on Community
Alberta Views Magazine
Legacy in Action Magazine
Ken Bautista Builds Something
Business in Edmonton
Startup Project Puts Big Bet on Edmonton
The Globe & Mail
Startups: It's Not a Marathon, It's Parkour
Making Museums Fun For All
The New York Times
Also featured in Avenue Magazine’s inaugural "Top 40 Under 40", Alberta Venture Magazine’s "50 Most Influential People", and awarded an Alumni Horizon Award at the University of Alberta recognizing the outstanding professional achievements of Alumni early on in their career.
I speak, write and consult on the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship and community building. I often work with startup community leaders, real estate developers, economic development agencies, and university incubators.
To work on something together, book a workshop or talk, or if you have something else in mind, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.