A lot of people don’t know it, but in Calgary, there’s a lot of opportunity.
“A lot of the young people in Calgary don’t have any kind of formal education, they’re just starting out,” said Scott Wiens, the CEO of Calgary startup Envision, which is building a new technology platform that is using data to connect users.
“They’re learning from each other, and they’re sharing ideas and creating stuff.”
One of those ideas is the Envision-backed “Couchbase.”
Created with a partnership between Calgary’s largest social network and Couchbase, Couchbase lets users share information about people in their community and track their activity.
Envision partnered with Calgary startup Tidal to bring their platform to the city.
“We wanted to make a really big deal out of it, and we wanted to build a big platform, and then be the face of the platform,” said Wiens.
“The idea is to bring in the big brands, the big developers, the major players and say, ‘We’re going to build this platform for you.'”
A lot has changed in the last couple of years in Calgary.
In 2013, there were more than 7,000 people in the city who had at least a Bachelor’s degree, according to Statistics Canada.
This number has since skyrocketed to nearly 10,000.
“When you look at the number of people who have Bachelor’s degrees, you can see that Calgary is the fastest growing place in Canada in terms of people with bachelor’s degrees,” said Daniel Rizzo, a professor at the University of Calgary’s Graduate School of Management.
“It’s not that people are going into engineering, but it’s the way they’re doing it.”
With more and more jobs available for people who don’t hold a degree, it’s easy to see why some people are choosing to be in Calgary for their first job.
But not everyone is a potential Couchbase user.
The Envision team’s platform uses a blockchain-based platform to connect people with job opportunities.
“We have a whole ecosystem of people in our ecosystem who have a job,” said Rizzol.
“And we have a lot more opportunities for them to build their own applications.
We have a ton of people that have no formal education that are looking to go into the space.”
Envision is using its platform to help its users.
As well as a job-matching service, the company is building an app to help businesses find talent and connect people, including a marketplace where people can share their skills.
It’s an exciting time for anyone interested in building an online presence.
“In a lot, a lot fewer companies are in Calgary,” said Michael Lister, a Calgary entrepreneur and venture capitalist who also works with Tidal.
“People are really excited about Calgary and its entrepreneurial spirit.”