The New Ventures Program provides support to startup companies through:

Access to a network of c-suite, sector specific executives and consultants
Entrepreneurial development training, coaching, mentorship and workshops
Referrals to potential investor groups, granting agencies and professional service providers


Business Development
Services that focus on developing your business including strategic planning, financial modelling, valuation, market assessment, customer discovery, pitch coaching and more.

 

 

Entrepreneur Development
Programs and workshops that focus on developing your entrepreneurial skills as a business owner.

 

 

Life Sciences Innovation Hub
Access to Expert Advisors and experienced business analysts for LSI Hub members and tenants.

 


Portfolio Mangement
Management of Innovate Calgary/University of Calgary's equity and royalty portfolio; shareholder liasion with University of Calgary-based startup companies.

 


Expert Advisors

Ali Ardakani

Founder & Managing Director, Novateur Venture Inc. Vancouver, BC

Areas of expertise: Therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, executive leadership, corporate partnerships, regulatory, board governance.

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Ali Ardakani
Founder & Managing Director, Novateur Venture Inc. Vancouver, BC

Alessandro Biglioli

Founder and CEO, Elsius Biomedical. Calgary, Alberta

Areas of Expertise: Startups, Strategy, Financing, Medical Devices, Business Development

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Alessandro Biglioli
MSc, PEng, MBA
Founder and CEO, Elsius Biomedical. Calgary, Alberta

Andreas Wissmann

Co-founder & Partner, FUEL Biomedical

Areas of Expertise: Startup team development, financial modelling, sales & revenue forecasting, business planning, fund raising, investor relations and presentations, negotiating partnerships and agreements with external partners, market research, competition & threat analysis, business development, grants and funding.

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Andreas Wissmann
PhD
Co-founder & Partner, FUEL Biomedical

Andrew Murdin

President, Murdin Biotechnology Inc. Toronto, ON

Areas of expertise: Corporate partnering, strategic planning, therapeutics, vaccines, M&A, licensing, and R&D

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Andrew Murdin
President, Murdin Biotechnology Inc. Toronto, ON

Brad Thompson

CEO & Founder, Wyvern Pharmaceuticals and Kickshaw Ventures Ltd. Calgary, AB

Areas of Expertise: Immunotherapy, oncology, infectious disease, autoimmune disease, corporate partnering, strategic planning, M&A, capital raising

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Brad Thompson
CEO & Founder, Wyvern Pharmaceuticals and Kickshaw Ventures Ltd. Calgary, AB

Dr. David Chalack

International Sales Manager, Alta Genetics Inc., Owner/Partner & President, Rocky Mountain Holsteins Ltd.

Areas of Expertise: Agri-tech, Agri-food, Animal Health, Corporate Strategy, Fundraising, Business Development, Pitch Coaching, Board Governance

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Dr. David Chalack
International Sales Manager, Alta Genetics Inc., Owner/Partner & President, Rocky Mountain Holsteins Ltd.

Deborah Livneh

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, WEtech Alliance, Windsor, ON

Areas of Expertise: Startups, Finance, Angel Investors, Med-tech, Regulatory, Board Governance

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Deborah Livneh
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, WEtech Alliance, Windsor, ON

Dennis Niebergal

Professional board director and consultant

Areas of Expertise: Digital health, eHealth, corporate strategy, board governance, coaching, business development, capital raising

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Dennis Niebergal
Professional board director and consultant

Elliot Gatt

Advisor, PhonicsVR and Startup Strategist

Areas of Expertise: Traction, Branding, Marketing and Commercialization, Customer Acquisition, Partnerships, Product Development, Strategy, Medical Devices, SaaS, eCommerce, US Market Entry

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Elliot Gatt
Advisor, PhonicsVR and Startup Strategist

Gary Bantle

Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Corporate finance, venture capital, fundraising, board governance, corporate strategy, life sciences, AgTech

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Gary Bantle
Advisor

Gerard Ruth

Food Safety Diagnostic Consultant

Areas of Expertise: Food testing diagnostics for quality and safety. Business development, product design, and strategic planning in the food testing field.

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Gerard Ruth
Food Safety Diagnostic Consultant

Jaspreet Grewal

Founder & CEO, Venn Consulting. Calgary, Alberta

Areas of Expertise: Regulatory, clinical research, business development, capital referrals, ophthalmic science, medical cannabis, drug discovery, medical devices

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Jaspreet Grewal
Founder & CEO, Venn Consulting. Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Jehangir Appoo

Research Associate Professor, Healthcare Consulting, Angel Investor

Areas of Expertise: Clinical & Academic Medicine, Health Care Innovation, Education, Cardiovascular Science, Surgery, Imaging, Exponential Technology in Healthcare (AI, IoT, Digital Medicine, VR/AR), Connecting spaces/people

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Dr. Jehangir Appoo
Research Associate Professor, Healthcare Consulting, Angel Investor

Joe Elliot

Principal, Biopharm Management Inc. (BMI), provider of short and long-term management services to the biopharmaceutical industry

Areas of Expertise: Startups, Strategic, Financing, Therapeutics, Oncology, Pitch Coaching

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Joe Elliot
Principal, Biopharm Management Inc. (BMI), provider of short and long-term management services to the biopharmaceutical industry

John Person

Co-founder & Partner, FUEL Biomedical and Founder, Principal Engineer, Box 13 Engineering

Areas of Expertise: Mechanical design engineering, mechanical system simulations, new product development (especially biomedical devices), patent filing, technology commercialization, project planning and execution, regulatory clearance, lecturing and public speaking, and securing grant funding.

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John Person
MASc, PEng
Co-founder & Partner, FUEL Biomedical and Founder, Principal Engineer, Box 13 Engineering

John Simon

Co-founder & Partner, FUEL Biomedical

Areas of Expertise: Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, FDA and Health Canada Submissions, Medical Device and Drug Manufacturing Audits, Cannabis Cultivation and Processing

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John Simon
BSc., RAC, CQA, RQAP-GLP
Co-founder & Partner, FUEL Biomedical

Dr. Lauren Killip

Director, Business Development, Harmonic Medical Inc.

Areas of Expertise: Startups, Strategic Planning, Operations, Business Development, Fundraising, Medical Devices, Medical Imaging

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Dr. Lauren Killip
Director, Business Development, Harmonic Medical Inc.

Marvin Cervantes

Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs Consultant

Areas of Expertise: Design & Development, Production, Clinical Studies, Quality Assurance, Regulatory, Marketing & Commercialization, Post-market Remediation

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Marvin Cervantes
Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs Consultant

Mike Spear

Director of Corporate Communications, Genome Alberta. Calgary, Alberta

Areas of Expertise: Marketing, communications, public relations, branding, media relations, social media

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Mike Spear
Director of Corporate Communications, Genome Alberta. Calgary, Alberta

Peter Zyla

Founder and Chief Strategist, Ventrek

Areas of Expertise: Corporate Strategy, Business Planning, Coaching, Mentoring, Executive Development

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Peter Zyla
Founder and Chief Strategist, Ventrek

Robert Verhagen

CEO, Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics (CCAB)

Areas of Expertise: Corporate leadership, Fundraising, Board Governance, Strategic Planning, Therapeutics, Diagnostics, Regulatory, Clinical, Business Development

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Robert Verhagen
CEO, Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics (CCAB)

Stephen Urquhart

Executive in Residence, Canadian Academic Accelerators and Incubators

Areas of Interest: Diagnostics, medical devices, not-for-profit organizations, foundations.

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Stephen Urquhart
Executive in Residence, Canadian Academic Accelerators and Incubators

Yvon Bastien

Independent Director and Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committee, HLS Therapeutics Inc.

Areas of Expertise: Pharmaceuticals, therapeutics, executive leadership, board governance.

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Yvon Bastien
Independent Director and Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committee, HLS Therapeutics Inc.