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



Social Venture

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

Students will gain experiential learning by being matched with a venture while receiving mentorship from key partners including:
MRU Changemakers Studio
Platform Calgary
Social Impact Lab
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 Canada's social finance system.

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



Entrepreneurial Support

Access to entrepreneurial training and skills development programs and services.

Access to enterprise development services through focussed workshops, seminars, and initiatives.



Designing Social Impact Webinar Series

This seven-part series provides an introduction to social innovation and social enterprise while exploring best practices, investment readiness, venture creation, and more to help our growing community of social innovators.

Introduction to Social Innovation and Enterprise

An introduction to key concepts and actors in the dynamic field of social innovation and social enterprise. 


Best Practices for Measuring Social Impact

Learn more about national and international best practices for measuring social impact for social enterprise and investing portfolios. 

Date: August 11, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Demystifying UCalgary's Social Innovation Ecosystem

Learn about key players, events, courses, and access points for social innovation on campus and how you can get involved.

Date: August 25, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Investment Readiness Program - Practical Application Tips 

Informational session on the Investment Readiness Program. Insights and guidance on what makes a strong application.

Date: September 15, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Legal 101: Venture Creation

An introduction to key legal and business requirments while providing practical strategies to structure your venture for success. 

Date: October 20, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Registration to come...

Branding, Marketing and Processes

Discussion of tools and strategies for branding and marketing while exploring the benefits of cloud accounting.

Date: November 17, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Registration to come...

Impact Measurement

How to implement an impact measurement framework within your social enterprise. An introduction to popular frameworks to support your journey. 

Date: December 8, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Registration to come...


2019 Program Cohort

aGRO Systems - reducing waste, improving the profitability of sustainable farming, and building community.

Fosters social inclusion by creating meaningful partnerships between people with disabilities and support workers.

Combining grass roots science engagement and citizen science-based research for preventing cancers.

Live Cell Imaging - solving problems for researchers using microscopes and emerging technology while supporting on-going discovery-based medical research.

A content development program for individuals looking to share their expertise in movement-based skills while mastering a skill at their own pace.

Provides a digital library of cases for medical students and residents to use for developing their diagnostic skills with the goal to analyze and produce medical education research.

A program that supports Indigenous women to live a healthier life through developing a community of support, getting active together, and learning about health.

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-profits, and charities.

Based on 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.

A workshop that fosters entrepreneurship in women in bringing their ideas into commercialization while providing a toolset for women in their entrepreneurial journey.

Colo is a nurse-led social enterprise that supports parents and strengthens family relationships through educational workshops and personalized home visits. Our goal is to provide parents with the tools and resources they need to connect with their child(ren) and help them grow in the best ways possible.

An innovative application and cloud database for identifying and tracking damage to civil infrastructure and large-scale heritage sites in Alberta.

A hub to develop evidence-based best practices to improve futures for vulnerable families through collaborative problem-solving, bridging gaps innovative policies and service deliveries, addressing family needs holistically.

2018 Graduates

Program Supporters

This initiative was made possible thanks in part to funding provided by the Government of Alberta.