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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.

    • 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.

      Apply Learn more
    • 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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Innovate Calgary Board Announcement

Thursday, September 21, 2017

CALGARY, AB – Innovate Calgary, a leader in guiding research and innovation-driven enterprises to market, is pleased to announce the appointment of Evan Hu as Chair to its Board of Directors, and Heather Herring as Vice Chair.

"We are very fortunate to have a trailblazer like Evan assume the position of Chair," says Peter Garrett, president of Innovate Calgary. "Evan brings an impressive combination of entrepreneurial success and community leadership to the role. Heather brings extensive experience in technology commercialization. As an organization, we require a wide variety of perspectives as our Board plays a pivotal role in defining strategic direction.”

Evan joined the Board of Innovate Calgary in 2014. He is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded and was co-CEO of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) technology consulting firm OmniLogic, which grew to over 500 staff in five offices across Canada and was acquired in 1998 by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He was one of the original founders of MapleMusic, now Canada's largest independent music publisher and distributor as MapleCore. Evan was also a partner and founder at Ideaca before it was acquired by Hitachi Solutions in 2013. He is a certified executive coach who works with entrepreneurs, executives and senior managers of startup and high growth enterprises. He was also an Adjunct Professor at the Mount Royal University Bissett School of Business.

“As a startup founder, an active early stage investor and community volunteer, I am honoured to assume the role of Board Chair for Innovate Calgary,” Evan says. “I would like to acknowledge the dedication of my predecessors, the outgoing Board Chair Michael Whitt and Vice Chair Simon Vincent. Calgary has great talent, ideas and capital. There have been pivotal developments to accelerate the growth of a vibrant, robust innovation ecosystem and Innovate Calgary has been an active supporter and participant in these initiatives. We endeavour to inspire, mentor and support this extraordinary movement of entrepreneurs and innovators.”
Evan assumes the role from Michael Whitt, a partner, and patent and trademark agent at Bennett Jones, who has served in the role as Chair for Innovate Calgary for the past seven years. “We are grateful to have had the time and talent of someone like Michael as he helped Innovate Calgary progress to the organization it is today,” says Peter.

Heather Herring coaches client companies in business, communications and customer development in her role as Executive in Residence with the GE/Ryerson Accelerator - Zone Startups. Her career focuses on oil and gas encompassing R&D, technology qualification, operations, project management, economics and increasingly the digital oilfield. She spent a number of years working with energy researchers at the University of Calgary where she secured over $30M in grants. While with Total E&P Canada and Laricina Energy she was responsible for innovation and technology development. Some of the best opportunities she has seen, arise from the cross pollination of ideas and business models from disparate industries.

Heather assumes the role of Vice Chair from Simon Vincent, Chief Commercial Officer at Celero. Simon has been supporting Innovate Calgary and its predecessor, Calgary Technologies Inc., for over 12 years. “Simon has generously offered his expertise to the organization as we’ve evolved over the years,” says Peter. “We are extremely appreciative for his dedication in helping to create a culture of innovation within our community.”

Innovate Calgary Board of Directors:
Evan Hu, (Board Chair), Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Mentor
Heather Herring, (Vice Chair), Principal, Make It So Inc.
Dr. Edward McCauley, Vice President (Research), University of Calgary
John Reynolds, Associate Vice President Research, University of Calgary
Brad Zumwalt, Partner, Zinc Ventures
Gord Follett, Vice President of Finance, Bridgewater Bank
Linda Dalgetty, Vice President, Finance & Services, University of Calgary
Ray DePaul, Director, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Mount Royal University
Jim Dewald, Dean, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Alex Zahavich, Vice President, Corporate Development and Applied Research, SAIT Polytechnic
Peter Garrett, President, Innovate Calgary

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