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.

UCeed, a pre-seed and seed funding program to help commercialize new technologies and accelerate UCalgary startup companies.

 

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

Life Sciences Fellowship Program

Medventions

GreenSTEM Fellowship Program

 

 

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

 


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

Portfolio Companies

 


Expert Advisors

Ali Ardakani

Founder & Managing Director, Novateur Ventures 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 Ventures 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

Founder & Partner, AIoTHealth, Associate, Creative Destructive Labs -CDL Rockies...

Areas of Expertise: Venture Capital, Medicine, Impact, Matching the algorithm to the right clinical problem.

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Dr. Jehangir Appoo
PhD
Founder & Partner, AIoTHealth, Associate, Creative Destructive Labs -CDL Rockies...

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

Michael S. McGee

Partner, Avrio Capital Inc.

Areas of Expertise: Ag-tech, Corporate Finance, Venture Capital, Fundraising, Board Governance, Corporate Strategy

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Michael S. McGee
Partner, Avrio Capital Inc.

Meg Bregazzi

President, Tredea Capital Corp

Areas of Expertise: Business consulting with expertise in financial reporting, tax, accounting, and corporate governance.

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Meg Bregazzi
BSc, CPA, CA
President, Tredea Capital Corp

Michael Wellwood

Managing Director, 88 Street Capital Inc.

Areas of Expertise: Start-up financing, strategic planning, financial modelling, private equity

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Michael Wellwood
BSc, CSC
Managing Director, 88 Street Capital Inc.

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

Peter Fenwick

Managing Director, Fenwick & Associates

Areas of Expertise: Startups, Business Strategy and Execution, Pivots, Revenue Model, Public Policy, Health Reform and Economics

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Peter Fenwick
MBA, BMSE, CHE
Managing Director, Fenwick & Associates

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)

Robin Boschman

Communications Consultant, Instructor & Facilitator

Areas of Expertise: Corporate communications, strategies and tactics.

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Robin Boschman
MBA, CMP
Communications Consultant, Instructor & Facilitator

Stephen Urquhart

Executive in Residence, Canadian Academic Accelerators and Incubators

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

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Stephen Urquhart
Executive in Residence, Canadian Academic Accelerators and Incubators

Vivian Hindbo

Contract Grant Writer, Editor

Areas of Expertise: Writing and editing a wide range of documentation, specializing in grant applications for non-profits and corporations.

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Vivian Hindbo
BA
Contract Grant Writer, Editor

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.

POPULAR QUESTIONS

Who can access the Expert Advisor Program?

Any Life Sciences Innovation Hub (LSI Hub) member can access the program.

I have not yet incorporated my company. Am I eligible to use the Expert Advisor program?

Yes, if you are planning to incorporate your company at some point. You must be an LSI Hub member.

Do I have to be a tenant at the LSI Hub to use the Expert Advisor program?

Non-LSI Hub tenants can access the program, providing they are Non-resident Members of the LSI Hub.

How many hours does a member company receive?

100-hours per year.

Am I allowed to use Expert Advisor hours towards multiple experts?

Yes. You may engage as many experts as you like, providing that the cumulative expert hours do not exceed 100-hours.

Are there any extra costs associated with the Expert Advisor program beyond the cost of the LSI Hub Membership?

No. Your LSI Hub Membership covers 100-hours of Expert Advisor engagement.

What if I cannot find a specific type of expert in your roster?

We will help you create a position description for the advisory role that meets your company's needs. We will circulate that position description throughout our networks until a suitable candidate is found.

Are your Expert Advisors only from the Calgary area?

No. Our Expert Advisors are located throughout Canada and the U.S.

My company is not in the life sciences field. Am I able to access the Expert Advisor program?

We are exploring opening up the program to include other fields, but currently this is our focus. Check back often as we update the program.

My company is not affiliated with the University of Calgary. Am I eligible to use the Expert Advisor program?

Yes. Your company must be located within Southern Alberta and be an LSI Hub member.

Does my company need to be located in Calgary to access the Expert Advisor program?

Yes. Your company must be located in Southern Alberta (Red Deer south to the Alberta/Montana border).

Do the Expert Advisor hours expire?

Companies have one year (from their date of their LSI Hub Membership signing) to expend their 100-hour allotment.

Can I purchase extra Expert Advisor hours?

Possibly. We will review on a case-by-case basis.

Am I able to meet the experts prior to working with them?

Absolutely. You choose which expert you wish to engage.

Can I use Expert Advisor hours for a consultant who we are currently working with that is not involved in your program?

Yes. We love expanding our network and meeting new experts. Please note that Innovate Calgary is required to meet with the consultant prior to the work commencing, and engagements are subject to our final approval. All consultants within the Expert Advisor program are subject to a Master Services Agreement (MSA).