From the river valley to the San Francisco Valley – support paves the way to success
An Edmonton startup that uses artificial intelligence to generate creative content recently announced a $10-million partnership investment with U.S.-based Harmony Ventures Labs.
The company, called Copysmith, is a graduate of Propel, Startup Edmonton’s 12-week pre-accelerator program. This innovative startup is led by Jasmine Wang, a graduate of Edmonton’s Old Scona high school and McGill University, winner of the prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship and a Thiel Fellow.
Wang, pictured below, started Copysmith while living in her family’s home in Edmonton.
“I’m so grateful for the startup communities in Edmonton and Alberta. Everyone I’ve met here has been so supportive in Copysmith’s journey and of my own growth as an entrepreneur,” said Jasmine. “It takes a village to build a company and the whole community should take pride in this milestone. I’m very excited about the path ahead!”
This inspirational story is further evidence that entrepreneurs and artificial intelligence scientists in Alberta can grow great digital businesses, and that the Alberta innovation ecosystem can help them from startup to growth. Yes, it can be done in the basement of your parent’s home, as a COVID project.
“I was very grateful to be able to work on Copysmith at home – Edmonton is great for concentration compared to the Bay Area where I constantly feel FOMO [fear of missing out] from networking events. The community [in Edmonton] was small and tightknit, which had huge benefits for focus. I worked out every morning at Terwillegar Rec Centre, then went home and worked for 12 straight hours.”
Focus meets support
While individuals have ideas, it’s the community that helps them grow. Programs that offer coaching, community and access to capital are essential to help your startups grow. Alberta Innovates is pleased to be supporting the work of Startup Edmonton.
“It’s exciting to see the incredible success Jasmine has had with Copysmith. It takes a community to support each startup founder, and with Propel we focus on surrounding them with access to a variety of local and external experts so they get diverse expertise while also getting to know fellow startup founders so they can learn from each other’s experiences. That full circle of support has been a key to the success of the Propel program. We look forward to many more success stories like Jasmine’s,” said Lauren Briske, Interim Director, Startup Edmonton.
“Innovation can happen anywhere in Alberta. We have people with amazing innovation talent complemented by ecosystem supports such as the Propel pre-accelerator program, Digital Traction funding, and local mentors to support, accelerate and connect that talent to the rest of the world,” said Carla Otto, Director, Regional Innovation, at Alberta Innovates.
Read the full news release.