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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Welcome TECHSTOCK Exhibitor: Apropos

Monday, July 24, 2017

1. What is your innovation story?

In the 1990s Trevor Wiens, the company founder, worked on the Traditional Knowledge component of the Northern River Basins Study and biophysical and cultural inventory projects for two northern Alberta First Nations. These projects impressed upon Trevor the need for effective tools to convert complex textual information into formats for spatial planning and environmental impact assessment. Trevor’s experience supporting citizen science projects and his teaching experience with GIS and spatial planning highlighted the need for user-friendly and purpose-built solutions to record and communicate the knowledge of non-technical land users. Indigenous communities in Canada have limited time, staff and resources but are required to communicate complex information to government departments and resource companies. It was to this end that Trevor founded Apropos Information Systems Inc. in 2010 and started development of the LOUIS Toolkit.

Our first module was LOUIS Heritage, which provides the means for in-person, map-based interviews to retain context by being stored as closely as possible to their original format with text, media, and spatial data stored and used together. In 2014, the Apropos team released LOUIS Referrals which is a consultation tool that is spatially aware and process oriented. The innovative Referrals design provides unprecedented control and flexibility while remaining easy to learn and use. In 2016 and 2017 we added the Layers module which is a general web GIS module. LOUIS Layers offers an operational and data management model that is simple and intuitive for non-technical users but meets modern data management standards. In 2017 and 2018 we are continuing to develop our spatially aware asset management module and updating our mobile tools to allow not only off-line data capture but off-line data editing. Our company focus continues to be on innovation and designs that match the needs of small organizations and remote communities.

All of the LOUIS modules allow for data to be securely shared so that disparate sources of information can be used together for community planning and operations.

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

We believe that our internal operations should match our public goals and vision. As a company we believe that data driven decision making is essential to sustainable economic, environmental and social development. We provide tools for Indigenous communities to use and communicate their information effectively so that these local voices can be better heard on decisions that will affect their people and lands.

Internally we carefully consider feedback from clients and with this lens we encourage each team member to contribute to our product vision. We also carefully consider the professional development of our staff and provide flexibility in work hours so that they can maintain a good work / life balance.

With our clients we actively promote youth / elder collaborations for data gathering because it not only allows for effective digital capture of field data but also strengthens communities and provides support to the fastest growing population within Canada; Indigenous youth. We believe that successful Indigenous communities within Canada are integral to Canada’s future success.

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

We believe that the voices and concerns of local communities are a source of good ideas and a resource that needs to be used in large scale land use and project planning. Our work is currently with Indigenous communities in Canada but we see global application for these ideas and our technology as a way of promoting the inclusion of local concerns in large scale planning. We see the empowerment of local and diverse voices as essential for a healthy future both socially and ecologically.

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


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