From research to practice: Translating research excellence into community impact across three pillars:
Social Ventures, Social Innovation, and Social Finance.

Our program strives to:
Empower graduates to be agents of change through entrepreneurship
Build capacity for socially-driven organizations
Broaden engagement with social innovation across post-secondary institutions
Grow and strengthen a community of social entrepreneurs, establishing Alberta as a leader for social change in Canada

Social Ventures

The CATALYZE program supports social ventures to scale impact and revenue.

Students will gain experiential learning by being matched with a venture while receiving training
and mentorship from key partners
including MRU Changemaker Studio, Platform Calgary, Social Impact Lab, and the Trico Charitable Foundation.

Social Innovation

This project-based program provides support by amplifying community
and system level impacts using a design thinking approach.

Social innovation projects aim to create transformational impact in 
Alberta and beyond. These projects may evolve into social ventures or initiatives.

Social Finance

Innovate Calgary is a local partner of
the HSBC Social Innovation Academy (SIA) led by UBC SauderS3i. The SIA is a national network of top student analysts who are mapping the growth of the social finance ecosystem in Canada.

Calgary-based students are supporting local leaders in this space:
Local Investing YYC and the Calgary Counselling Centre.

Enterprise Support

Entrepreneurship skills training and enterprise development services.


2019 Cohort

aGRO Systems - Reducing waste, improving the profitability of sustainable family farming, and building a stronger community with beer and beef.
Brain Smoothies Based on cutting-edge research in psychology, neuroscience, and arts education, Brain Smoothies are infused with tips, tricks, and techniques for mindfulness, stress management, and creativity while boosting mental health capacity.
Fosters social inclusion by creating meaningful partnerships between people with disabilities and support workers based on shared interests, scheduling needs, and location.

An initiative that combines grassroots science engagement and citizen science-based research for preventing cancers. 

From Lab 2 Fulfillment A workshop that fosters entrepreneurship for women in bringing their idea into commercialization. Based on a unique concept, this program provides a tool set for women in their entrepreneurship journey.
HEDEN HEDEN supports, strengthens and empowers families to create healthy relationships and supportive environments for children to grow in the best ways possible. 
Live Cell Imaging (LCI) - Solves problems for researchers using microscopes and emerging tech. LCI is dedicated to identifying, expanding and marketing innovative solutions while providing a sustainable foundation for ongoing discovery-based medical research.
Infrastructure Monitoring Tool An innovative application and cloud database for identifying and tracking damage to civil infrastructure and large-scale industrial heritage sites in Alberta.
A content development program for individuals looking to share their expertise in movement-based skills. This proprietary program uses simple evaluation tools to benefit teachers and coaches, partners and peers, and individuals looking to master a skill at their own pace.
Policy & Research Hub for Vulnerable Families A hub to develop evidence-based best practices to improve futures for vulnerable families through collaborative problem-solving, bridging gaps between innovative policies and service deliveries, addressing family needs holistically, and breaking cycles of vulnerability. 
Provides a digital library of cases for medical students and residents to use for developing their diagnostic skills. As users complete cases and improve their skills, the software collects data with the goal to analyze and produce medical education research.
Programs that support Indigenous women to live a healthier life through developing a community of support, getting active together, and learning about health.
YYC Collective - Creating spaces for people and places to democratically change their city for the better by serving as a means for data dissemination by community associations, non-profit organizations, and charities.