From hospitality events to supporting hospitality startups to uniting the city’s hospitality industry, the new HOST is quickly becoming an integral part of hospitality in YEG. During our evolution, we grew and changed into something truly unique, created by Edmonton hospitality professionals, for Edmonton hospitality professionals. We strive to provide the best possible network of talented individuals and support systems to promote growth and support all aspects of hospitality in our city. Visit our programs page for more information about the programs we offer.

HOST had its roots as a conference produced by Edmonton Economic Development in May 2014. Through the process of building an event that would bring together entrepreneurs in Hospitality, the question was asked: “What would a Hospitality Business Incubator look like in Edmonton?” After a series of consultations with entrepreneurs, institutions and corporations it was agreed upon that this was a gap in our community. If we can facilitate more resources for an industry that utterly lacks them, could we achieve a greater success rate for hospitality businesses in our region? We are sure the answer is yes.

HOST has been developed through an advisory committee and will be the primary hub of connectivity and support for the hospitality industry in the Edmonton region. We will incubate, accelerate, and connect hospitality entrepreneurs. We will do so on the pillars of Mentorship, community and innovation.

At the end of the day our goal is simple – to grow you and your business and increase your odds of success in a hospitality venture. We guarantee development, and will be candid and honest in that approach.

Look for us at events in the community. Look for our workshops and presentations. Look for us in businesses working directly with people just like you.

Sign up today or connect with a mentor!

Our experienced team of mentors brings unique expertise to help in supporting a variety of different hospitality businesses and promoting YEG’s hospitality community.

Brad SmoliakZiad KaddouraJimmy ShewchukJesse KupinaAlyson HodsonMary BaileyMargaux Burgess

Our partners help us to provide the best possible expertise and support to entrepreneurs, startups, and HOST affiliates. They are an integral part of the HOST community, and we are very proud of our constantly expanding network.

Our partnerships include:

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HOST is an initiative of Enterprise Edmonton, a division of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation.