Research to Social Innovation Incubator (R2SI)

Supporting innovators developing, validating, and scaling evidence-based social interventions.

Start date

1 April 2022




6 months

Time commitment

5 hours bi-weekly



About the program

Move from evidence and research to scalable ‘interventions’ or ‘solutions’ with the Research to Social Innovation Incubator (R2SI). This program can help you validate your social enterprise using our carefully developed R2SI Toolkit. Some of our most pressing problems are complex but we are here to support you in bringing your research to the people who need it the most. The toolkit provides a staged framework for you to take your evidence-based solution to the next level while providing tech transfer expertise and start-up support.

This program has a rolling intake at the 1st of each month with a total capacity of 10 startups in each cohort.

What to expect

You will get training and funding to help you prototype your social enterprise. This includes:

  • CEO roundtables once per month facilitated by mentors and expert advisors
  • Bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with expert advisors for business and technical coaching
  • Bi-weekly checking with Innovate Calgary coaches
  • Funding opportunity with Mitacs to hire a student on to support (includes student stipend at $10,000 and project costs up to $5K for prototyping and experiment expenses)
  • Reporting on your progress 6 and 12 months following program completion

Entry requirements

  • Incorporated a social venture (required for Mitacs eligibility) 
  • Clear impact thesis developed from evidence (academic research and/or data from community delivered programming) 
  • Team demonstrates a willingness to prototype, experiment, and learn 
  • Team is currently exploring or eager to explore the system surrounding the social problem they are working on 
  • Team commitment to reporting data in 6 months, 12 months following program completion

How to apply



  • Attend an interview with the program manager


  • Meet your cohort and take your social enterprise to the next level!

Meet our Expert Advisors

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