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Best practice programs to support early-phase startups from idea to revenue.

  • Programs
    • Startup Primer

      Startup Primer

      Don't know where to start with your business idea? This workshop will prime you with the basics to help you move in the right direction. By the end of this workshop, you will walk away with a first draft of your business model, with input from an experienced startup advisor, which you can use to launch your venture. 

       

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    • Discover

      Discover

      Understanding customer behaviour is essential to your startup success. This applied program teaches how to engage customers and discover their motivations, preferences and needs. 

       

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    • Validate

      Validate

      This applied program will guide founders through the validation of a product and business model. By the end, you will have sufficient knowledge to decide whether the venture is viable, and if so, feel confident to begin sales and running a business. 

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    • Go-To-Market

      Go-To-Market

      Maximize successful execution in market entry, product launch and revenue growth by addressing marketplace challenges and focusing on strategy and implementation.

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    Programs

  • Accelerator Programs
    • Kinetica Ventures

      Kinetica Ventures

      Kinetica bridges the gap between the energy industry and energy technology developers/companies. We help to validate and curate energy startups making it easier for industry adoption or acquisition.

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    • TEC Edmonton Health Accelerator

      TEC Edmonton Health Accelerator

      TEC Edmonton's Health accelerator is a bridge builder between the commercial medical world looking for new and improved health products.

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    • TELUS Accelerator Program

      TELUS Accelerator Program

      Applications are now closed  

      A six-month program designed to accelerate your company's business model, technology and operational backbone. Its goal is to support the development of growth-stage companies with technologies that TELUS could potentially use, integrate or commercialize in the following areas: industrial internet of things, big data, digital health & wellness, seamless communication & entertainment experiences, last 100 metres, smart fleet & transportation, and smart cities. 

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    • RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator Program

      RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator Program

      We are no longer accepting applications for 2016. Contact us for more information about our 2017 cohort.

      This eight-month program is designed to accelerate Calgary-based startups whose mission is to create social impact while ensuring that profitability is core to their business model. This is a competitive program open to startups, especially those with a focus on inclusive finance, poverty alleviation, affordable housing and integrating new immigrants.

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    Accelerator Programs

  • Services
    • CEO Roundtable

      CEO Roundtable

      A monthly peer advisory forum for CEOs, board members and founders of technology companies to openly discuss their challenges in a confidential, safe environment. The goal of the roundtables are to provide "just-in-time" advice on current issues, enhance accountability and accelerate actions/decisions. 

      "This roundtable has transformed our company, period. There are not enough good things I can say about this group. Even banks recognize its significance toward the foundation for a strong company." - Jeremy Bridge

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    • Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA)

      Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA)

      The Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA) puts entrepreneurs first. This program focuses on individual entrepreneurs who are building businesses in our community. Our mentors don't give the answers, they ask a lot of questions, sometimes digging deep to help coach you through your startup experiences.

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    • Intellectual Property Management

      Intellectual Property Management

      Professional patent management services for preparation, filing and prosecution. We guide all aspects of obtaining issued patents through our Canadian and U.S. patent firms.

       

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    • Funding Support

      Funding Support

      Prepare your approach to venture financing through performing a "12 Point Business Assessment".

      Having a plan to fund your business from many sources, which may include equity investors, is just as important as your business plan.

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    Services

  • Space
    • Corporate ID | Virtual Space

      Corporate ID | Virtual Space

      The Corporate ID Service allows you to move your business beyond your home address or local coffee shop. Corporate ID clients are provided with a professional address, access to meeting rooms, business centre resources and reception services for a monthly rate.

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    • The Inc.

      The Inc.

      The Inc. is a startup incubator program that combines one-on-one mentoring and co-working space to provide support and guidance for your unique startup. From open desk space to dedicated offices, this monthly membership offers you the flexibility you need to move your business forward.

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    • Tenancy

      Tenancy

      Be part of the Alastair Ross Technology Centre community. We offer flexible leasing terms of office space from 250-square-foot to 3,000-square-foot.

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    • KICS Prototyping Lab at SAIT

      KICS Prototyping Lab at SAIT

      A facility and program that helps Alberta innovators and researchers design, prototype and test their proprietary technologies.

      KICS helps innovators move their idea from testing and experimentation to prototype development.

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    Space

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Technologies for Licensing

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Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA) 

It's all about you, the entrepreneur.

We will dig deep and talk about your business, your partners, your employees, your contractors, your investors and everything else, but, VMSA is really about helping you become a better entrepreneur. 

Mentoring NOT Advising

Our mentors won't tell you how to run your business rather they are here to help and support you. The VMSA program is based on a team mentoring model developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and with a seventeen-year track record, they know what they are doing. Team mentoring connects you with two to three mentors giving you more expertise and diverse views during your mentor sessions.

Our mentors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences and are volunteers. They commit to a strict Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest policy to make sure you and your mentors build a relationship based on openness and trust.

Only Committed Entrepreneurs Need Apply

If you are fully dedicated to your business (full-time, drinking from the fire hose and are open to mentoring support) then you are ready for VMSA. Mentoring works best face-to-face so you need to be based in the Calgary area.

The VMSA program is FREE...but you must complete our program requirements to stay in. The requirements are not difficult or time-consuming, just structured communication with your mentors with some program management.

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Questions about the program? Contact Sarah Morrill at smorrill@innovatecalgary.com

 

  • Meet the Startups

  • Meet the Mentors

    • Alice Reimer
      • Alice Reimer brings a long history of accomplishments across the technology sector. In 1999, she co-founded Evoco, a web-based construction and program management software company, and as CEO, led Evoco through acquisition by Austin-based Accruent in 2012. Alice is a recipient of PROFIT’s W100 designation as one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs and was selected by Alberta Venture’s 2013 50 Most Influential People. Long committed to giving back, Alice mentors technology entrepreneurs as a member of the A100 and serves on the Board of AcceleratorYYC.

    • Brad E. Zumwalt
      • Brad Zumwalt is a seasoned entrepreneur and executive with vast experience founding, leading and exiting companies. He is a director of several technology companies and sits on several boards. Among his achievements, in 1994 Brad negotiated the acquisition of Image Club by Aldus Corporation, which in turn was acquired by Adobe Systems. Over the next four years he led a team of more than 200 employees through sustained revenue growth exceeding $40 million. In 1998, Brad founded EyeWire.com, an on-line visual content and design company which was successfully acquired by Getty Images. In 2001, Brad founded Veer Incorporated where he was Chairman and President, and in 2007 it was successfully acquired by Corbis, a privately owned company by Bill Gates.

    • Shawn Abbott
      • Shawn Abbott is a successful entrepreneur and innovator who, as CTO and then President of Rainbow Technologies, helped pioneer the Internet security space. He saw Rainbow Technologies grow ten-fold in profitability before being sold to SafeNet for close to $500 million. Previously, Shawn pioneered the CD-ROM locking used on several million discs and is published on hardware cryptography in the ICSA Guide to Cryptography. Shawn also holds an early patent as one of the inventors of the now widely used USB keys.

    • Carey Houston
      • Carey Houston is a strategic technology executive with more than 15 years proven consulting and operational experience. She is skilled in managing startup and high growth tech ventures, and brings a successful track record developing winning strategies, launching products, motivating and creating strong teams, and bringing discipline to planning and execution. 

    • Ken Moore
      • Ken Moore was a founder and President of TENET Medical Engineering. A company originating from the University of Calgary, TENET grew to international success as a designer and manufacturer of medical devices for orthopaedic surgery. Recently sold to Smith & Nephew, one of TENET’s primary goals was to contribute back to the University of Calgary. TENET donated more than $2 million for scholarships, fellowships and a fund to help commercialize startup companies. Prior to TENET, Ken played 12 years in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

    • Pierre Doyon
      • Pierre Doyon is passionate about helping people succeed and about putting in place the building blocks that enable companies to meet and exceed their business objectives. Most recently, Pierre was President and CEO, and a shareholder of Calgary-based Chariot Carriers Inc. where he led the executive team in a transformation of the company that included enhancing distribution agreements in Europe and the US, as well as developing a high performance team culture. In 2011, Pierre ultimately led the successful acquisition of Chariot Carriers by Thule Group, an international sports and utility transportation company based in Sweden.

    • David Edmonds
      • David Edmonds is an entrepreneurial executive with more than 25 years creating and developing breakthrough results for both emerging and high-growth enterprises. He is an experienced business leader and growth architect with an award-winning track record for taking organizations to the next level by defining the strategic vision, properly positioning companies in the market, and creating the optimal operating infrastructure.

    • Kerri McGovern
      • Kerri McGovern has a true passion for working with technology companies at the early stages of their lifecycle. With extensive expertise in securing initial customers, developing and growing partnerships and acquiring venture financing, Kerri is well-versed in dealing with the challenges and overcoming obstacles to startup success.  Most recently she led business development at Tynt, which sold to 33Across Inc. Prior to joining Tynt, Kerri managed the Innovation Center at Calgary Technologies Inc. (now Innovate Calgary) where she helped early stage tech companies develop their business model and financing strategy.  Kerri also spent five years with the BDC Venture Capital software team, investing in the country’s leading software firms.

    • David Cooper
      • David has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial and information technology experience, and enjoys working with startup ventures at the commercialization stage. Although he has the most experience in the IT industry, David has also worked with firms in oil and gas, education and hospitality. Currently, David is working as a Commercialization Associate with In-Viro-Drum™ under the Alberta Innovates Industry Commercialization Associate program, but has had several companies of his own.  The most recent was ITSportsNet which he took from the concept stage, through the development, trial stage to commercialization and finally acquisition. In addition to David’s practical entrepreneurial experience he holds a BA in Philosophy and an MBA in New Venture Development. Philosophy provides him with the analytical tools to work with and build innovative businesses and the MBA the best practices for leadership.

    • Juan Benitez
      • Juan joined Cenovus Energy in 2012 as a Senior Investment Advisor within the company’s corporate venture fund. His current role as Senior Specialist for Strategic Partnerships involves working with Cenovus’s Executive Advisor and managing Cenovus’s technology investment portfolio. Previously, Juan was an entrepreneur for 10 years where he co-founded and served as President/COO of Beyond Compliance Inc., a Calgary-based, venture capital funded enterprise software company with clients in North America and the Middle East. Prior roles include 15 years as an environmental engineer which provided him with a broad range of experience. Juan believes that innovative technology solutions are critical to systemically improve environmental and operational performance in the energy industry. He advocates for leveraging Canada’s diverse technical expertise and large talent pool to position western Canada as a leading global energy technology hub.

    • Dan Belostotsky
      • Dan Belostotsky co-founded the largest private digital media/billboard company in Alberta that was acquired by the Jim Pattison Group in late 2011. Dan later partnered with a Canadian media company (Cieslok Media), to lead their expansion into Alberta, which was acquired by Bell Media in early 2017. He founded Otto Capital Group, investing/advising startups as well as developing and holding real estate across Alberta. He is an investor/advisor in 500 STARTUPS Canada and the founder of a new real estate tech company, HonestDoor, set to launch in mid 2017. Graduated from University of California Los Angeles- real estate development(2014) & University of Alberta,B. Comm(2008). 

    • Manford Kwan
      • Manford Kwan is an entrepreneur and professional engineer with over 30 years experience in developing innovative solutions for the electric power grid industry. Manford founded a Calgary-based technology company in 2000. The company was acquired by the French unit of General Electric in 2012. Manford enjoys working with Alberta companies to develop their international growth strategy. 

    • Ben Snyman
      • Ben Snyman is currently the co-founder and CEO of SafetyVantage Inc., which specializes in online occupational health and safety learning. He holds a commerce degree (B.Comm), a postgraduate law degree (LLB), a Master of Business Administration (MBA), an advanced Taxation Certificate (Tax Law); and is admitted as an attorney of the Supreme Court of South Africa. Ben has held senior positions in large, multi-national organizations in Canada and South Africa. A common thread running throughout his career has been his ability to develop strategic plans to transform underperforming operations, start new businesses, or achieve rapid growth for existing companies. He was the founder, president and CEO of eCompliance Management Solutions Inc., a SaaS company which specializes in cloud and mobile based occupational health and safety solutions. It was successfully acquired in 2012. Ben is a member and serves on the Board of the A100 which hopes to inspire and support generations of Alberta tech entrepreneurs.

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