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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.

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    • 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. 

       

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    • Discover

      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. 

       

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    • Validate

      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. 

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    • Go-To-Market

      Go-To-Market

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

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  • 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 now 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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  • 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.

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    Services

  • 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.

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    • 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

      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.

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    • 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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Welcome TECHSTOCK Exhibitor: AirTerra

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

1. What is your innovation story?

To begin, AirTerra is more of a facilitator than an inventor. Once a market place for biochar as a soil enhancing amendment is developed, we plan to acquire an equity stake in a biochar production plant in Alberta and possibly every province in Canada to enable production of biochar for soil products in locations that are not too distant from soil markets.

If there is anything unique about us, it is our passion to take biochar to a commercial scale as soon as possible by working with the talented technologists who are ready to make and operate boichar production equipment, but who lack the time and focus to develop the market place. Since both production and sales need to be developed at the same time and at the same speed, we offer this service for the rest of the biochar industry.

The first accomplishment was to register a biochar product with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in a way that allows us to assign batch numbers to our inventory to identify products coming from different locations and vendors. We use third party labs to conduct tests on random samples of these inventories to be sure the product complies with the specifications we have had approved by the CFIA. This is kind of boring stuff, but it is absolutely necessary to ensure the biochar industry has integrity moving forward.


2. Do you follow a sustainable development agenda (for people, planet and prosperity) in your company/business?

We started AirTerra as an outreach to Kenyan farmers who have depleted soils and who are in need of cleaner cooking stoves. Putting these two needs together resulted in our introduction of Dr. Paul Anderson’s TLUD biochar producing stoves in Kenya during 2010. We intend to continue this activity once we are able to develop a business model that is sustainable for commercial agriculture and retail gardening in Canada.


3. If your enterprise could have a global application, what is your vision for transforming the planet?

Over the past 100 - 200 years, mechanized farming with the plough and powerful farm equipment has degraded soils to the point where crop yields are compromised. Tillage with a plough every year introduces oxygen to the organic carbon matter in soils and this results in oxidation of this natural carbon component (humus and residual crop materials). In fact, about 1/3 of the CO2 in the earth atmosphere is the result of losses of carbon from soil over the history of mechanized agriculture. As a result, large areas of farmland all over the planet are now deficient in organic matter that feeds and protects beneficial microbes and fungi in healthy soils. As a result, if farmers expect to produce adequate yields to feed a hungry planet from their organic carbon depleted soils, applications of large unsustainable amounts of chemical fertilizers are needed every year.

To mitigate and regenerate carbon-depleted farmland, we would love to see biochar become an accepted routine soil amendment practice in North America (especially Canada). Additions of biochar to soil, even in small quantities, using no-till precision air seeding farming technology, can regenerate depleted soils by stimulating microbial populations back to healthy levels. . Sales of biochar in the commercial agricultural market place would see significant tonnes of biochar sales in North America.

As a bonus, soil amendments of biochar have the effect of removing carbon from the atmosphere and increasing carbon stocks in soils – mitigating atmospheric GHG concentrations. Very few renewable energy technologies can claim to actually remove carbon from the atmosphere. Most claim only that they are carbon neutral. But to be significant, we need to encourage a very large-scale use of the biochar soil amendment approach.

Once we have a sustainable North American business, we want to promote the use of biochar in agriculture in developing countries at the smallholder farmer level as well. We see the potential for small communities to generate electricity with the excess heat generated during the biochar production process. Co-producing biochar and electricity would improve both energy security and food security for rural people in developing countries.

Learn more about how AirTerra is creating an impact!
Come visit them September 14 at TECHSTOCK 2017

 

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