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


Investor Ready: Learning Opportunities for Socially Driven Organizations

This eight-week series that ran March 9- April 30, introduced social entrepreneurs to the tools they need to become investment ready and prepare their application for the UCalgary UCeed Social Impact Fund. Watch the recordings of each session below. 

UCeed Social Impact Fund Informational Webinar

March 9: This session provides an overview of the Social Impact Fund including eligibility and how this fund can advance your social enterprise. 


Intro to Financing tools for Social Enterprise

March 18: Hear from the Sector Inc. and Social Enterprise Fund as they discuss the tools available to fund your social enterprise and knowing when to use them. 


Mitigating Burnout for Entrepreneurs and Changemaker

March 19: As entrepreneurs and change makers, learn tips for building resiliency and ways to manage everyday stress.


Impact and Business models: Where and How these Worlds Collide 

March 25: Hear from Brittni Kerluke on how organizations can embed social impact within their business models.


Developing a Compelling Pitch

April 1: One pitch does not fit all. Pitching your business comes in many forms because the audience is always different. Learn more by watching this webinar.


Getting traction? Leveraging search insights to excite investors

April 8: Watch this session to learn how to use search engine optimization to gain insights, and grow your organic traffic.


What your Numbers Say: Identifying the Health of your Social Enterprise

April 16: In this webinar, you learn how to manage, monitor and analyze your cash flow and profitability.


Organizational DNA: Legal Structures and Governance

April 23: Learn more about the nuances of corporate structure for social enterprises, and the governance implications.


Measuring What Matters

April 30: Learn strategies and approaches to measure your impact.



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 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.

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.

Program Graduates

Program Supporters

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