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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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  • Our Team

    Client Coordinator, The Inc. 

    As Client Coordinator for The Inc., Cayleigh helps to ensure overall client experience for members of The Inc., a startup incubator program and coworking space that offers support and guidance for your unique venture. Prior to joining the Entrepreneur Development team, Cayleigh Rook was responsible for the front end operations of the Alastair Ross Technology Centre (ARTC) as Receptionist. Some of her duties included: greeting visitors to the ARTC, managing the boardrooms and supporting the tenants and Corporate Identity clients of the building. Cayleigh has worked in a law office as the Receptionist and File Opening Clerk. She has a diverse background in administrative support, customer service and has strong organizational skills.



    Director, Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development 

    Steven McIlvenna ensures early stage entrepreneurs receive timely coaching, mentoring, and effective programming to support their professional and business development. During his engineering career, Steve served as a Product Development Leader for startup QuestAir as part of a joint venture between Ballard Technologies and Daimler AG. Prior to this he served as a New Product Introduction Engineer for Western Star Trucks - Daimler AG. He also served as a Project Leader for Haworth where he was responsible for developing and delivering the new Enclose advanced product line designed for sustainable buildings. A passionate entrepreneur and innovator, Steve founded a company that offers product designs via open innovation channels to Proctor & Gamble and other consumer brand companies. Steve holds a Mechanical Engineering Honors Degree from Queens University, and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design & Business from the University of Calgary. Steve has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for successfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.


    Executive Advisor  

    As Executive Advisor, Kevin works closely with the Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development as well as directly with entrepreneurs in technology startups - helping and guiding them develop towards their intended goals. Kevin brings a wealth of business experience to the team. With more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, Kevin has focused on experience design, branding, retail sales, marketing, and innovative web-based software. He has successfully led creative and development teams to win multiple awards. Previously, Kevin co-founded and was CEO of Enthrill, a Calgary-based ebook distribution company whose joint venture with Walmart saw the launch of an innovative ebook gift card program across Canada. Kevin has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for successfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.



    Executive Advisor 

    As Executive Advisor, Elena works closely with technology startup entrepreneurs. Elena is also Vice President of Strategic Partnership at Cortex Business Solutions where she is responsible for developing and securing strategic partnerships with companies and industry associations that complement and enable the sale of the Cortex platform. She was also fundamental in the acquisition of Caledonia Solutions, an oil and gas software company. Elena has 15 years’ experience in sales, enterprise business development, and consulting supply chain, operations, and regulatory compliance. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Windsor. She is also a member of A100 and a mentor with Technovation.




    David coaches and mentors early stage entrepreneurs, leveraging his technical and industry background to help them advance their opportunities. David has over 10 years’ experience in sales, product development and design, and has worked in industries ranging from air compressors, optical disc manufacturing, optical and wireless networking. While at Nortel, he supported and engineered telecommunications networks for major carriers and corporations around the world. Previously, David worked in project management for an oil and gas EPCM. He was also responsible for the assessment and prioritization of in-situ projects for a major client. David holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Calgary. David has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for successfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.




    As an Advisor in the Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development team, John coaches and mentors early stage entrepreneurs, leveraging his technical and industry background to help them advance their opportunities. John is a software developler, entrepreneur advisor and IT project manager. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Regina, and an MBA from the University of Calgary. He is also a certified Project Management Professional.




    Saadia works as an advisor for the Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development team, and provides early stage entrepreneurs with coaching and mentoring, leveraging her startup and business background to help them advance their opportunities. Prior to working in entrepreneurship and startups, Saadia spent five years in asset management, working at small boutique firms in both Vancouver and Halifax. Saadia entered the startup world in business development and quickly expanded her experience to include sales, marketing, customer service, and expansion strategy. Saadia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Dalhousie University.



    Programs Specialist 

    As Programs Specialist, Madeline is key in the planning and execution of the organization's entrepreneur development programming. She finds joy in the satisfaction that stems from conceptualizing and executing events, such as a fundraiser for The Maple Tree Foundation which raised over $5,000 to support communities in the Philippines. Previously, Madeline assisted the oil sands contracts department at Nexen Inc. with database management and interface requirements. Madeline holds an Applied Business degree in Small Business and Entrepreneurship with a New Venture Major from Mount Royal University. Along with being a health enthusiast who has a passion for business innovation, Madeline is also a certified yoga instructor and has experience running her own startup, previously owning and operating her own business, Posers Yoga. Madeline has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for successfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.


    Executive Advisor, CEO Roundtable 

    As Executive Advisor for CEO Roundtable, Scott serves as a facilitator for the roundtable program and as a mentor for early stage technology companies. Scott is a results-driven innovative leader with 18 years’ experience in the technology sector. He has experience leading corporate growth and business development internationally.  Scott also has experience in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and previously spent six years in the pre-hospital care space at the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and other institutions, and has trained over 1,000 students. Scott has mentored over 25 companies in various sectors, including veterinary and human medicine, educational technology, safety, enterprise resource planning, financial technology, accounting and many more. Scott has held many positions throughout his career including CEO, President, COO, and various Executive Vice President and business development positions. He has raised millions in venture capital and private funds. Scott holds a Computer Science honors degree from DeVry Institute of Technology.  He currently sits on the board of four private companies and one public Software as a Service (SaaS) provider. He is a husband, father of three and devoted community member, coaching hockey and football in his spare time. Scott has been awarded The Practice of Coaching badge by the Roy Group for successfully completing coach training. This badge is awarded to leaders interested in tools for positioning others to amplify performance, learning and engagement.



  • Our Partners


    The BLG Business Venture Clinic is a partnership between Border, Ladner and Gervais, and the University of Calgary that matches law students with startup companies. 

    The Inc. Partner Perk: Students work with these companies over the course of the entire year, providing legal information and drafting various agreements and other documents. 

    Canadian Digital Media Network

    Network of 26 regional innovation hubs across Canada, all focused on supporting Canada's digital entrepreneurs. 

    The Inc. Partner Perk: Subsidized global business trips and free access to office-space across Canada. 


    Cybera oversees Alberta's cyber-infrastructure - the advanced system of networks and computers for university research, government, educational institutions, not-for-profits, business incubators and entrepreneurs. 

    The Inc. Parnter Perk: Cybera powers the high speed wireless Internet for The Inc.


    An all-in-one inbound marketing and sales platform that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads and close customers.

    The Inc. Partner Perk: A 90% discount for seed stage startups for one year.


    IBM Global Entrepreneur equips you with the go-to-market support, business mentorship, services, discount, technical guidance and networking opportunities needed to quickly bring your solution to market fast on the industry leading Cloud platform.

    The Inc. Partner Perk: $120k cloud credits, one-on-one mentoring, marketing and legal service discounts. 


    BizSpark gives startups free stuff - software, service, tech support and Azure cloud services. With Azure, you get the freedom to build and deploy wherever you want, using the tools, applications and frameworks of your choice. 

    The Inc. Partner Perk: Free Azure cloud access, free Visual Studio development tools. 


    From development to launch to scale, RedHat's OpenShift Startup Program is designed to give you the resources, support and environment you need to succeed. 

    The Inc. Partner Perk: Free cloud access and technical support.


    Unbounce's landing page and conversion marketing platform allows marketers to quickly create, launch and test high-converting landing pages and website overlays without developers. 

    The Inc. Partner Perk: Free startup tier package ($600 value)


    Zendesk is a customer service platform. It's designed for companies that want to create customer relationships that are more meaningful, personal and productive.

    The Inc. Partner Perk: Free one-year subscription to Zendesk ($117 value) 



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