April Business in Calgary magazine featuring The Inc
Friday, April 1, 2016
BY ANDREA MENDIZABAL
new concept in coworking gives Calgary entrepreneurs,
innovators and startups the opportunity to grow their
businesses and ideas like never before.
The Inc., one of Calgary’s newest coworking spaces,
developed a model that combines a coworking environment
with access to business advisers and mentors who support
those working to accelerate their venture’s success.
“The Inc., powered by the Innovate Calgary team, is more
than just a place to work,” says Steven McIlvenna, director of
entrepreneur development at Innovate Calgary – a leading
technology transfer and commercialization centre that works
closely with startups, entrepreneurs, researchers and investors
taking innovation and ideas to the next stage of growth.
“We’ve built in office hours so entrepreneurs can access
coaches and mentors,” says McIlvenna. “Entrepreneurs can
also access other critical ingredients needed to start and
grow their business such as a peer network of entrepreneurs,
cloud-computing resources courtesy of Cybera and
Microsoft, access to core programming, and a free law clinic
courtesy of the University of Calgary’s faculty of law.”
It takes an entire community of support resources to drive
the success of an innovation, business idea or discovery.
The Inc. was built for entrepreneurs and startups seeking
to leverage that ecosystem, and who want to be part of a
collaborative and vibrant entrepreneurial community.
“Having access to mentors within the space has been great for
learning about my venture,” says entrepreneur Aram Razouki,
founder and CEO, Winsome Innovations. “I also wanted to
keep working within the University of Calgary community I
had grown in, and The Inc. has allowed me to do just that.”
Razouki learned about The Inc. while completing a student
capstone project through the University of Calgary’s Hunter
Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is currently
working to commercialize a home dry-cleaning technology
The DRESSFRESH is an easy-care system that allows you to
quickly clean lightly worn clothing in minutes – reducing the
need to dry-clean or launder pieces of clothing that may not
necessarily be dirty.
The Inc., located within 2,000 square feet of the Alastair Ross
Technology Centre in the University Research Park, is a bright,
open-concept office accessible 24-7 and features drop-in desks,
Cybera’s ultra-high speed Wi-Fi, dedicated meeting rooms
and touchdown points, office amenities such as a copier and
storage, and phone booths for quick private calls.
“The Inc. helps you maintain the appearance of a larger
company, even when you’re only a small team,” says Razouki.
“This allows you to meet clients in the office which makes a
There is a wide fit for members, ranging from pre- to earlyrevenue
startups. It is ideal for those who are ready to grow
and move their business or idea out of the basement, coffee
shop or home office. It is more than a place to set up shop and
access a professional business address and office amenities.
“We are working directly with you to help you get further
faster. The goal is to foster and support a startup learning
environment,” says McIlvenna. “We believe that entrepreneurs
working in a community of other entrepreneurs can learn
more, grow faster and build better business.”
To learn more about Innovate Calgary and The Inc., and
how they support new and emerging technology, visit
To learn more about DRESSFRESH, visit dressfresh.ca.
APRIL 2016 // BUSINESS IN CALGARY // BUSINESSINCALGARY.COM