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

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    • 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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  • 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 open.
      Deadline Extended: July 21, 2017  

      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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  • 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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    • Green Tech Mentors

      Green Tech Mentors

      Designed to accelerate the development of promising small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) with a focus on the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Alberta and beyond.

      GT Mentors connects SMEs to world-class mentors, executives and board members.

       

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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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    • Kinetica Innovation Centre at SAIT (KICS)

      Kinetica Innovation Centre at SAIT (KICS)

      A facility and program that helps clean energy technology startups 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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RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator Demo Day

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Inaugural RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator a resounding success

A mobile escape room, recycled denim yoga mats and science education. These are a few of the offerings from the wide range of startups who participated as part of the first RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator Program, delivered by Innovate Calgary. A demo day held on June 13 saw the companies pitch their products and services to RBC executives, investors, potential customers and high profile entrepreneurs from the Calgary community.

"Social entrepreneurs are innovative game changers, focused on creating businesses that blend sustainability, profitability and social impact,” says Jeff Boyd, Regional President, RBC. “We believe we have a role to play in creating an environment where social enterprise can thrive and that’s why we are thrilled to partner with Innovate Calgary and support the RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator.”

Each participating startup was matched with a business advisor from the startup community within Calgary’s innovation ecosystem. These mentors bring decades of business, technical, and entrepreneurial experience to the accelerator and help address specific business challenges, with the goal of increasing impact and growing revenue.

“At the start of the program, most of the entrepreneurs have a very clear understanding about the social impact they are creating but weren’t aware of how to turn it into a viable, profitable business,” says Peter Garrett, president of Innovate Calgary. “That’s fundamentally what this program is about – creating viable, businesses that have that strong social impact. It is important to come together and help these companies build, grow and deliver their social mandates.”

RBC will continue to champion social enterprise and innovation with support for a second accelerator, planned for the fall.

Additional quotes:
“This was such an amazing afternoon. To see the progress that has been made in such a short time is outstanding. I am so proud to see this vision come to life when we see what these folks are doing in these accelerator programs and making such an impact.”
Andrew McNair, Regional Vice President, RBC

“At the beginning of this program, we did not have a mobile unit, waivers, a business licence, liability insurance, or much website traffic from our education market. Now here we are today with over 1700 participants, 11,000 views of our informational video, excited returning customers and new inquiries. We hope to go from 10 to 75 schools next year and implement this across Canada.”
Paul Harvey and Eric Reynolds, Mobile Escape

“Using our mindfulness platform, we hope to transform post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic success in the workplace. Currently there isn’t much being done in mental health prevention in the workplace. In the accelerator program, we focused on the path to commercialization and our train the trainer platform, speaking to groups like Calgary Fire Department to build culture and to U of C to provide training at a post-secondary level.”
Derek Luk, Mindful Mental Training

“When I joined the accelerator about seven months ago, we were trying to figure out the coating on our machine washable, recycled denim yoga mat. Since then, we’ve expanded our product line to include meditation pillows. We have received the green light to employ at-risk women from the Calgary Dream Centre to teach a skill. Providing a vocation is a huge developmental factor in people who are recovering. It’s not just about yoga mats, it is about sustainable markets and sustainable labour.”
Zachary Champoux, Nomad EcoProducts

“We started out in this program wanting to learn about business planning, IP and legal and with all the support, we are on our way to having a trademark and implementing our business model canvas. We provide a program specifically for young men. It gives them a place to have a conversation on what it is like to be a boy and man in society today. It gives them a place to be safe and ask for support. Our dream is to create a training institute and take this across Canada and provide this program to boys within their local area. We can provide a very strong curriculum and evidence and research to support the program. We know this could greatly impact society.”
Pam Krause, Calgary Sexual Health Centre – The WiseGuyz program

“We need kids to be creators of technology, not just users and consumers of technology. Sustainable changes are about getting kids engaged by prototyping and problem solving; but also getting to those who teach those kids and help them engage more learners in more ways.”
Gina Cherkowski, STEM Learning Lab

“Our goal and mission is working toward zero waste events and we envision a future that can be zero waste and providing a solution. With advice from the program we launched a new website and we hope to bring this across Canada to provide a single point of contact for event waste management.”
Colin Smith, Green Event Services

“Through the program I concentrated on documenting my process, automating certain aspects and started applying for funding through Alberta Innovates Technology Futures. Now I’m looking to connect with even more families who need service.”
Sue Crawford, Enable

Background

What is the RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator?
The RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator (SEA), a six-month program for Calgary-based startups for whom the combination of social impact and profitability is core to their mission and business model. Innovate Calgary, delivers the program that focuses on accelerating impact, profitability and technology. There is no cost for participants as SEA is generously supported by RBC.

Participants are assigned an experienced executive or entrepreneur as a mentor, who also understands social impact. The mentor helps to address specific business challenges, mature their business model and technology, create increased impact and grow revenue. Participants also receive pitch coaching and expert advice to build their operational backbone in the areas of legal, accounting, and marketing strategy.

Who are the participating companies?
Pam Krause and Debb Hurlock, Calgary Sexual Health Centre – The WiseGuyz program
WiseGuyz engages junior high boys in a weekly program that has four modules: human rights, sexual health, gender, and positive relationships. The program addresses issues young men face to give them tools to engage in healthy relationships; understand the connection between masculinity and male norms, sexuality and violence; and provides targeted education, skills development, and support to help young men achieve sexual well-being and healthy relationships.
www.calgarysexualhealth.ca

Sue Crawford, Enable
Enable is an online matchmaking platform that partners families and people affected by disability, to reliable student caregivers. By creating meaningful partnerships between people, and connecting with accessible businesses, Enable fosters a stronger sense of belonging for people of all abilities within communities.
http://enablecommunity.ca/

Colin Smith, Green Event Services
Green Event Services provides equipment for responsible event waste management. The company delivers recycling stations to events and helps to manage waste reduction by creating a recycling plan with staff and volunteers.
www.greeneventservices.ca

Derek Luk, Mindful Mental Training
Mindfulness is a form of attention and awareness training cultivated through meditation. The company’s focus is mental health prevention by providing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in an online platform. The platform hopes to remove barriers that prevent people from accessing clinically supported mindfulness-based interventions, with the ultimate goal of preventing suicides.
http://mindfulmentaltraining.ca

Paul Harvey and Eric Reynolds, Mobile Escape
Mobile Escape exists to awaken the senses by bringing people together to think differently about the world around them. The company creates an immersive experience through the concept of an escape rooms, where participants are put within a real-life scenario, solve puzzles to eventually escape the room.
www.mobileescape.ca

Zachary Champoux, Nomad EcoProducts
Nomad EcoProducts manufactures all of their products, primarily yoga mats and meditation cushions, from recycled materials with the aim to divert materials from landfills and lower GHG emissions in the atmosphere.
http://nomad.gives/

Gina Cherkowski, STEM Learning Lab
STEM Learning Lab engages teachers and students in high quality, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), STEAM (STEM + Art) and Maker learning experiences. The company offers educational programs for teachers as well as innovative and fun programs for youth.
www.stemlearninglab.com

Who are the mentors?
Jill Andres, Creating Value Inc.
Craig Elias, Bow Valley College
Peter Fenwick, Fenwick & Associates
Kari Gordon, Startup Calgary
Jim Gibson, Rainforest Alberta
Leighton Healy, Bootkik
Sarah Lewis, Bow Valley College
Houston Peschl, Haskayne School of Business
Allison Swelin, Garmin
Kevin Franco, Innovate Calgary
Scott Pickard

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