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

  • Programs / Workshops
    • 321 Sales Academy

      321 Sales Academy

      Supercharge your sales with 321 Sales Academy. Using a lean approach, this series will help you align your entire organization - including sales, marketing and product - to drive more revenue, faster.

      Register now for spring 2018

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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. 

      Takes place monthly 

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    • 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. 

      Register now for winter/spring 2018 

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    • 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. 

      Registration for winter 2018 coming soon

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    • Go-To-Market


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

      Register now for the 2018 program

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    Programs / Workshops

  • 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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    • 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

      Applications are closed

      The RBC SEA #2 is a six-month program designed to accelerate 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 six startups, specifically those with a focus on health and nutrition, persons with disabilities, youth, education, new arrivals, the environment and affordable housing.

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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) is a volunteer organization that provides objective, conflict-free guidance to entrepreneurs in southern Alberta. Each entrepreneur is matched with a team of mentors, which gives a more in-depth experience than traditional one-on-one relationships.

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    • Startup Visa

      Startup Visa

      Canada's Startup Visa (SUV) Program is intended to attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish new, high-growth businesses in Canada that will support innovation and job creation. 

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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.

    • Intellectual Property

      Intellectual Property

      Questions about intellectual property? Want to learn more? Connect with our partners at Innovate Calgary. 

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Community & Resources

Connect with your community to grow your business.

  • Get Connected

    • AlbertaIN

    A community driven and community owned online directory that represents Alberta's innovation sector service providers. Connect with our innovation ecosystem quickly to identify the most suitable provider to meet your business needs.


    • New Tech Meetup

    *On hiatus while the program is revamped. Stay tuned for updates! - This monthly meetup brings together Calgary's tech ecosystem of startups, businesses, academia and investors. Learn about and foster support for the latest technology startups within Calgary. Join this ever-growing community to open the path in becoming involved in a startup.



    Meetups brings people together to do more of what they want to do in life. This site brings people together to do, explore, teach and learn the things that help them come alive.


    • Connectica

    This free service helps users connect with Alberta's ever-expanding research and innovation network. Connectica facilitates introductions between stakeholders, researchers and entrepreneurs, and helps to bridge the gap between Alberta's research organizations, universities and publicly-funded innovation support services.


    • Calgary Innovation Coalition System Map

    The Calgary Innovation Coalition is a group of 16 organizations within Calgary that support the advancement of innovation-driven entrepreneurship. Working in the spirit of Rainforest Alberta this coalition adopts the holistic approach based on principles advocated in the Rainforest framework. This system map helps entrepreneurs identify the offerings of each of the 16 organizations based on stage of development.


  • Awards & Recognition

    • ASTech Foundation

    The Alberta Science and Technology Leadership (ASTech) Foundation's mission is to identify and celebrate outstanding achievements in science and technology in Alberta. 

    The ASTech Awards are Alberta's highest science and technology honours. The premiere event brings together 600 representatives from industry, government, media and educational institutions to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in 13 categories covering the innovation system, sector-specific and leadership categories. 

    Nominate a startup | researcher

    • Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards

    Since 1982, the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation has been telling the stories of Canadian innovators with the imagination to innovate and stamina to succeed.

    Their foundation celebrates and rewards Canadian innovators whose innovations are commercially viable, support our provincial and national economies by creating jobs and wealth, and position Canada as a global competitor. 

    Connect | Apply

    • Energy New Venture (ENV) Competition

    Started in 2014, the ENV Competition is Canada's leading early-stage pitch competition dedicated to the advancement of emerging innovations for the energy sector.

    Connect | Apply

    • TEC Ventureprize

    Alberta's premier business plan competition to help grow business ideas.


  • Provincial and Federal Government Sites

    • Alberta Innovates - A new research, innovation, and commercialization corporation that addresses global challenges, and increases Alberta's global competitiveness with made-in-Alberta solutions from the province's core strengths - agriculture, energy, environment, forestry, and health.



  • Reports & Studies

    Alberta Enterprise - The 2016 Deal Flow Study

    Calgary Economic Development - 2015 Annual Report

    Strategic Timelines Inc. - Overview of the 40 main provincial and federal innovation funding programs to assist Alberta-based technology-driven business. 

    THECIS - 2015 Global Entrepreneur Monitor (GEM) Alberta Report 

    University of Calgary - 2016 Community Report



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