The following technologies have been assessed and reviewed by our expert team and are currently available for licensing or sponsored research.

Best practice programs to support early-phase startups from idea to revenue.

  • Programs
    • 321 Sales Academy

      321 Sales Academy

      Supercharge your sales with 321 Sales Academy. Using a lean approach, this series will help you align your entire organization - including sales, marketing and product - to drive more revenue, faster.

    • Startup Primer

      Startup Primer

      Don't know where to start with your business idea? This workshop will prime you with the basics to help you move in the right direction. By the end of this workshop, you will walk away with a first draft of your business model, with input from an experienced startup advisor, which you can use to launch your venture. 


    • Discover


      Understanding customer behaviour is essential to your startup success. This applied program teaches how to engage customers and discover their motivations, preferences and needs. 


    • Validate


      This applied program will guide founders through the validation of a product and business model. By the end, you will have sufficient knowledge to decide whether the venture is viable, and if so, feel confident to begin sales and running a business. 

      Registration for Spring 2018 coming soon

    • Go-To-Market


      Maximize successful execution in market entry, product launch and revenue growth by addressing marketplace challenges and focusing on strategy and implementation.

  • Accelerator Programs
    • Kinetica Ventures

      Kinetica Ventures

      Kinetica bridges the gap between the energy industry and energy technology developers/companies. We help to validate and curate energy startups making it easier for industry adoption or acquisition.

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    • TEC Edmonton Health Accelerator

      TEC Edmonton Health Accelerator

      TEC Edmonton's Health accelerator is a bridge builder between the commercial medical world looking for new and improved health products.

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    • TELUS Accelerator Program

      TELUS Accelerator Program

      Applications are closed  

      A six-month program designed to accelerate your company's business model, technology and operational backbone. Its goal is to support the development of growth-stage companies with technologies that TELUS could potentially use, integrate or commercialize in the following areas: industrial internet of things, big data, digital health & wellness, seamless communication & entertainment experiences, last 100 metres, smart fleet & transportation, and smart cities. 

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    • RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator Program

      RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator Program

      Applications are closed

      The RBC SEA #2 is a six-month program designed to accelerate startups whose mission is to create social impact while ensuring that profitability is core to their business model. This is a competitive program for startups, specifically those with a focus on health and nutrition, persons with disabilities, youth, education, new arrivals, the environment and affordable housing.

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    Accelerator Programs

  • Services
    • CEO Roundtable

      CEO Roundtable

      A monthly peer advisory forum for CEOs, board members and founders of technology companies to openly discuss their challenges in a confidential, safe environment. The goal of the roundtables are to provide "just-in-time" advice on current issues, enhance accountability and accelerate actions/decisions. 

      "This roundtable has transformed our company, period. There are not enough good things I can say about this group. Even banks recognize its significance toward the foundation for a strong company." - Jeremy Bridge

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    • Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA)

      Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA)

      The Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA) puts entrepreneurs first. This program focuses on individual entrepreneurs who are building businesses in our community. Our mentors don't give the answers, they ask a lot of questions, sometimes digging deep to help coach you through your startup experiences.

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    • Intellectual Property Management

      Intellectual Property Management

      Professional patent management services for preparation, filing and prosecution. We guide all aspects of obtaining issued patents through our Canadian and U.S. patent firms.


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    • Funding Support

      Funding Support

      Prepare your approach to venture financing through performing a "12 Point Business Assessment".

      Having a plan to fund your business from many sources, which may include equity investors, is just as important as your business plan.

    • Startup Visa

      Startup Visa

      Canada's Startup Visa (SUV) Program is intended to attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish new, high-growth businesses in Canada which will support innovation and job creation.

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  • Space
    • Corporate ID | Virtual Space

      Corporate ID | Virtual Space

      The Corporate ID Service allows you to move your business beyond your home address or local coffee shop. Corporate ID clients are provided with a professional address, access to meeting rooms, business centre resources and reception services for a monthly rate.

    • The Inc.

      The Inc.

      The Inc. is a startup incubator program that combines one-on-one mentoring and co-working space to provide support and guidance for your unique startup. From open desk space to dedicated offices, this monthly membership offers you the flexibility you need to move your business forward.

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    • Tenancy


      Be part of the Alastair Ross Technology Centre community. We offer flexible leasing terms of office space from 250-square-foot to 3,000-square-foot.

    • KICS Prototyping Lab at SAIT

      KICS Prototyping Lab at SAIT

      A facility and program that helps Alberta innovators and researchers design, prototype and test their proprietary technologies.

      KICS helps innovators move their idea from testing and experimentation to prototype development.

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KICS Prototyping Lab at SAIT



KICS Prototyping Lab at SAIT



KICS Prototyping Lab at SAIT



The KICS Prototyping Lab at SAIT

Where lab space and guidance combine to advance clean energy technology startups and researchers to design, prototype and test their proprietary technologies.  

  • About KICS

    The KICS Prototyping Lab at SAIT is a facility and program that helps Alberta innovators and researchers design, prototype and test their proprietary technologies.

    The impressive 2,200-square-foot facility, located on the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) campus with easy LRT access is designed to accelerate prototyping efforts by offering co-working wet and mechanical lab space, business mentoring services and access to an array of SAIT testing and fabrication facilities. 

    KICS helps energy innovators move their ideas from testing and experimentation to prototype development.

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  • The KICS Program and Facility

    A program that helps clients move from idea to prototype. The KICS program includes access to:

    • The Accelerated Prototype Program - provides clients with a focused framework to develop their prototype. Clients will receive support to develop and execute a detailed project plan that outlines budgets, milestones, testing and other critical items.
    • Co-Working Wet/Dry Bench Space -  offers inventors and researchers affordable access to a secure lab environment with access to fume hoods, meeting rooms and a lunchroom. 
    • World-class Research Facilities, Equipment and Talent - SAIT's Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) department offers fee-based services for any testing, fabrication or experimentation required during prototype development. Access to ARIS's specialized labs and equipment is complemented by collaboration with students and research staff.
    • Commercialization Services - Fee-for-service access to specialized services and entrepreneurial development programs for members looking to build a company or license their research to an existing company. Services include: Intellectual Property Management, Grant Assistance and Guidance, Industry Technology Championship, Energy Technology Incubation and Accelerator Services.



  • The KICS Lab

    Located within the Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) department at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), the KICS lab offers co-working space for up to eight researchers or innovators. The space includes access to:

    • Three fume hoods/chemical workbenches
    • Mechanical/electrical workbenches
    • Bench ventilation and vacuum systems
    • Sinks, compressed air, natural gas
    • Internet
    • Common lunchroom
    • Meeting rooms
    • Fee-for-service testing and fabrication facilities



  • SAIT Research Capabilities

    SAIT's 35,000-square-foot research facility, along with the research expertise of the Applied Research and Innovation department, are available on both a grant-funded and a fee-for-service basis to KICS members. 

    Special Laboratories:

    • Enerplus Centre for Innovation (Industrial-scale fabrication lab)
    • Environmental Chambers (Hotbox/envelope thermal testing)
    • Class 10,000 Clean Room (420 sq ft)
    • Solids Modeling Lab (3D scanning and printing, CAD)
    • Composites Fabrication Lab
    • Environmental Technologies mobile lab facilities
    • Water Innovation and Sustainability Centre - MacPhail School of Energy
    • Chemical Analysis Lab
    • Materials Testing Lab
    • SAIT RFID Test Lab
    • Green Building Technologies Lab and Demonstration Centre
    • Building Integrated Solar Thermal Lab
    • Solar Lab
    • Solar Rollar (Solar-powered mobile lab)
    • RFID Application Development Lab (RADLab)
    • Centre for Innovative Information Technology Solutions
    • Industry Innovation labs
    • SAIT-AIM Innovative Manufacturing Centre (Plastics, composites, injection molding)

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