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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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May Business in Calgary featuring Spectralog

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Innovate, Create, Compete
BY CARMEN LOVO
On March 15, 2016, the Hunter Centre for
Entrepreneurship and Innovation held their third-annual
Energy New Venture (ENV) Competition – an event
showcasing energy sector technology startups and entrepreneurs.
The event features a competition where entrepreneurs,
researchers and seed-stage companies, from across the globe,
are invited to pitch their energy innovation to a panel of
judges. With over $150,000 in cash and in-kind services to
be won, there is a lot at stake for the competitors.
This year, Calgary-based Spectralog was awarded the top
prize. Spectralog provides a solution to one of the biggest
challenges faced by the energy industry – obtaining highquality,
reliable data that indicates where and how to drill in
order to achieve maximum resource recovery with minimal
environmental impacts.
Using hyperspectral imaging technology – imaging
that collects and processes information from across the
electromagnetic spectrum – Spectralog provides users with
high-resolution imaging data, and interpretation of that
data, to aid in resource recovery.
Compared to current methods which primarily require
environmentally invasive chemical testing of drilled core
samples, Spectralog’s proprietary scanning technology has
the potential to decrease environmental impacts while
minimizing costs and risks.
This year’s event showcased 13 energy sector technology
startups and entrepreneurs. There were two streams
of competitors, competing based on their level of
development: concept or venture. The in-kind prizes were
provided by Innovate Calgary, a technology transfer and
commercialization centre, and Collins Barrow, one of
Canada’s largest associations of chartered accounting firms.
“Winning the Energy New Venture Competition is validation
of the strength of our technology and business plan, as well
as our ability to clearly explain our vision to investors and
customers. We have already seen strong interest from the
investment community in reaction to our win and we are
looking forward to sharing this news with our clients and
partners,” says Grant Sanden, CEO, Spectralog.
CALGARY-BASED SPECTRALOG IS AWARDED THE TOP PRIZE AT THE 2016
ENERGY NEW VENTURE COMPETITION.
PHOTO COURTESY: JENN PIERCE, UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
The venture stream winner was also invited to pitch
alongside some of the top emerging energy technology
companies at the 2016 PROPEL Energy Tech Forum, which
was held in Calgary on March 16 and 17.
To help prepare for the competition, participants were given
the opportunity to collaborate with top investment experts
and pitch coaches at Innovate Calgary.
“The Energy New Venture Competition is a global platform that
facilitates the relationship between researchers, entrepreneurs,
investors and the energy industry,” says Peter Garrett, president,
Innovate Calgary. “This collaboration is crucial to advancing the
energy technology companies and concepts of the future.”
Along with Spectralog, many innovative technology
concepts and startups were recognized, including Endeavor
Technologies and Interface Fluidics, which were awarded
second and third place respectively within the venture stream
of the competition. First place within the concept stream was
awarded to Aesop Technologies, with Invisible Predictions and
BFH Corp (Bitcrude) following in second and third place.
To learn more about the winners and the Hunter Centre
for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s annual Energy New
Venture (ENV) Competition, visit haskayne.ucalgary.ca.
To learn more about Innovate Calgary and how it supports
new and emerging technology, visit innovatecalgary.com.
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