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For one to truly understand what makes an individual entrepreneur thrive we must consider the support network that surrounds them.

As part of Mount Royal's LaunchPad Program, the monthly Circle meetups bring together innovators and founders, students and alumni, and inspiring guests to gather and grow.

Why attend?

Whether you are pursuing an innovative career or starting a social enterprise or a for-profit business, you will benefit by learning from your peers and immersing yourself into a community of like-minded individuals.


The Circle meetups are an opportunity to casually connect with both students, alumni and community members.

What to expect?

The Founders Circle has a no-pitch, no-sell policy. This is a fun and inspiring space to seek advice and to explore mutual and new connections. In doing so, we begin to see the abundance of knowledge remarkable Mount Royal students and alumni hold transfer from one individual to the next; from firm to firm; from community to community. Further, the Founders Circle and its guests help you develop and refine the skills necessary for your future.


Common themes that emerge in monthly meetups include business development, value creation, networking, empathy, technology, sales, venture capital, systems-thinking, product management, and more.



October Circle Meetup

Calgary is crawling with technology startups that are making their mark on the world, many of which you likely haven't even heard of. We want you to meet these startups and the people that work there. This month we will be visiting Plankk, a tech company that is developing custom fitness apps for fitness influencers around the world. MRU alumnus Mike MacDonald will be sharing about his role as Product Manager with Plankk and how his entrepreneurial background supports his work.


Joining us at this Meetup as well, are special guests from Product Calgary. Wade Lahring, MRU alumnus and Product Manager for Benevity, as well as others will be answering questions about the role and how you can start building the skills necessary to kick start a career in Product Management.


p.s. Plankk is currently looking to hire a part-time student for a Customer Experience Advocate role! If you are interested let Emily or Jenn know and come to this event!!


When: Tuesday, October 29th, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Where: Plankk, 303 - 322 11th ave SW

Getting there: 8 min walk from 6th st or 4th st c-train station // Free parking on street after 6:00pm



November Circle Meetup (Startup Calgary Launch Party)

November is Launch Party month with Startup Calgary. Instead of hosting a Circle Meetup we are going to be sending a group of MRU students to this city-wide startup event. If you are a student who is interested in attending, please fill out an application to the Discovery Fund. If you are an alumni who would like to join our crew, early bird tickets for Launch Party on now on sale here.


Stay tuned for more information on a Startup Job Showcase which will be hosted from 5:00PM - 7:00PM before Launch Party kicks off.


When: Tuesday, November 12th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Where: The Big Four, Stampede Park



No December Meetup (focus on exams and holidays)




January Circle Meetup

Attabotics is one of Calgary's fastest-growing companies. Headquartered in Calgary, Attabotics is a supply chain company that is disrupting fulfilment and warehousing. In July, 2019 they announced that they secured $25 million in series B funding. This January, the MRU LaunchPad community will be visiting their head office and learning more about what fundraising like this takes.


Alistair Shipley, MRU alumnus, sales professional, and Assistant to the CEO at Attabotics, will be sharing what fundraising outside of your home city looks like and about his journey as a sales-focused entrepreneur. Alistair will be joined by two other MRU alumni who are working to grow Attabotics.


When: Thursday, January 16th, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Where: Attabotics Inc., 7944 10 St. NE

Getting there: Free parking on-site


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