From research to practice: Translating research excellence into community impact.

In our work we strive to:
Accelerate knowledge translation
Catalyze social venture development
Develop strong leaders
Build social sector capacity




The CATALYZE program supports social ventures scale with impact and revenue through student engagement and mentorship.

  • Cohort driven

  • Experiential learning for social ventures and students

  • Mentorship

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Knowledge Translation  Industry Liaison

  • Assessment

  • Licensing and negotiation

  • IP protection strategy

  • Grant support, letters of support



Entrepreneurial Support

  • Entrepreneurial training

  • Skill and talent development

  • Mentorship

  • Enterprise development (workshops, seminars, and initiatives)



Community Collaboration

Supporting social innovation across UCalgary's community through engagement with:

UCalgary's Knowledge Engagement
Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking
MRU Changemakers Studio
Trico Charitable Foundation
Trico Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Platform Calgary
Calgary Counselling Centre
Social Impact Lab


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. 


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.


Investment Readiness Program - Practical Application Tips 

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


Legal 101: Venture Creation

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


Habits for Resilient Changemakers

Learn how to create new habits that build your resiliency and expand your confidence in your journey of changemaking.


Impact Measurement

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



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.

Program Graduates

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