Note: This blog was originally written by David Bilson of rTraction.
We recently sat down with Keegan Howlett from InnoSoft to Talk some Tech and discuss how InnoSoft’s 40+ team members engage in our technology ecosystem.
“We really enjoy feeling a sense of community,” explained Keegan. “We use TechAlliance events like the Knights games and community BBQ as team building exercises. We also get to build our connections out in the broader technology community.”
Headquartered in London, InnoSoft builds Fusion. Fusion is a complete recreation management system used by notable locals such as Western and Waterloo University. They have also enjoyed success across the US working with large institutions such as University of Florida, Arizona State, and UCLA.
Connections to community, Keegan explains, were an important part of InnoSoft’s success in its early years. Support from TechAlliance allowed InnoSoft to improve its brand positioning, increasing the confidence of the organization to be able to close sales with top universities in the United States and Canada. Most importantly, it enabled them to be able to recruit new team members with an expanded reach to grow their team.
Today they still find value by participating in several initiatives that expand their capacity to operate beyond a startup. In particular, InnoSoft team members have benefited from programs such as the peer-to-peer groups (in particular the Women in Technology group), community events, job board, and professional development opportunities.
Going forward, Keegan values a continued engagement for InnoSoft in Tech Week activities. “It’s hard to measure what you get back out of a community like this but we definitely feel that you get back out what you put back in and then some.”
As the leader of InnoSoft’s client facing units, Keegan feels that it’s important for non- technical people to engage in networking functions and activities like Tech Week. “Technology is everywhere. It’s a misconception that a technology career is only for developers or technologically trained individuals. Technology is for all of us and you can get involved in a technology company regardless of your background.”
In 2016, InnoSoft received the Techcellence Award for Business Growth. Keegan notes how the awards help connect businesses in the tech industry. “It’s a fun opportunity to learn more about the companies in our community. Some you may not have even heard of before – these amazing companies that show up on your radar because of the awards.”
When asked if he’ll be at the Techcellence Awards Keegan responded enthusiastically. “Yes! We’ll be at the awards for sure. It’s always exciting to see who wins!”
With the finalists recently announced, we can’t wait to find out either! See you April 19th at 5:30 with Keegan.