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Calgary Technologies Inc. rebrands to Platform Calgary

On March 4, 2019 Calgary Technologies Inc. will begin rebranding to Platform Calgary. As Platform Calgary, our focus will remain on supporting Calgary's innovation-driven companies by providing access to space, programming and advocacy, while also championing the vision for the new Platform Innovation Centre's design, activity, and culture. Our name change comes at the heels of our recent announcement as the new operator of the Platform Innovation Centre opening in East Village in the fall of 2020.

Why Platform Calgary?

There is a need to make innovation more accessible and visible to our community and this rebrand aligns with the City of Calgary's 10-Year Economic Strategy. Platform started with the idea of transforming Calgary into a global innovation hub. As Platform Calgary, we are turning that idea into action. Through this work the next wave of shared prosperity is being generated in our city, transforming local businesses into international success stories. By working together, we can make Calgary a global hub for startups and innovation.

It is about elevating innovation, and Platform Calgary is the next phase and evolution of Calgary Technologies Inc.

What's next?

March 4, 2019 marks our first official day of business as Platform Calgary. Over the next few months, you will see our materials transitioning over to our new name and brand. Our long-term priority is to put a focus on innovation in the heart of downtown Calgary. On March 4, 2019, we are opening Platform Beta at the Hillier Block in East Village. This historic 5,300-sq-ft building will serve as our interim downtown facility while the Platform Innovation Centre is being built.

We will continue to operate and provide services out of the Alastair Ross Technology Centre and The Inc.

Save the date for May 15, 2019: Annual Report to Community, Demo Day and Strategy Launch in the new Central Library. The event will showcase our Junction program graduates and will be the public launch event for our new Platform Calgary identity and strategic plan.

Have a question?

Contact us at communications@calgarytechnologies.com

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Approaching Startup Space Differently
BY ANDREA MENDIZABAL
Entrepreneurs and innovators looking to trade in the
home office for a more inspiring workspace now have
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of the Alastair Ross Technology Centre in the University
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bright and open-concept space is approaching coworking
differently with collaboration top of mind.
Steven McIlvenna, director, entrepreneur development at
Innovate Calgary, talks about Calgary’s newest incubator space.
Q: What is coworking?
Steven McIlvenna (SM): Coworking has really evolved
over the last few years but in essence, it’s a shared work
environment where entrepreneurs and like-minded
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workspace but also to share ideas and knowledge.
Q: What is the Inc.?
SM: The Inc. is an exciting new addition to the Innovate Calgary
ecosystem. It’s both a physical workspace and community
environment where entrepreneurs have access to Innovate
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of their business. The space itself is accessible to our members
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Q: What makes the Inc. different
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To learn more about the Inc., and to learn more about
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technology, visit innovatecalgary.com.
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