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Poised to launch: Platform Calgary highlights international success stories as it prepares to open the new Platform Innovation Centre

Published: Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

According to a panel of leaders from innovation centres around the world, Calgary is on the right track to diversify its economy and create new tech startup businesses and jobs. Convened by Platform Calgary, which is responsible for strengthening and growing the city’s innovation ecosystem to benefit all Calgarians, this panel was one of a series of events to connect local innovators with global knowledge leaders. Panelists shared their advice and experience on how a thriving tech hub can be an engine for meaningful economic growth.

“A successful innovation ecosystem doesn’t happen in a vacuum,” said Dr. Terry Rock, CEO and President of Platform Calgary. “We have done extensive research on innovation centres around the world, and we’ve brought that to bear as we prepare to open the Platform Innovation Centre. Our made-in-Alberta tech scene is fortunate to be part of a global community that generously connects and shares what has worked for them.”

In its latest edition of Globalizing Calgary Tech, Platform Calgary brought together a panel including TechQuartier in Frankfurt, Sting in Stockholm, Maria 01 in Helsinki, Newlab in Brooklyn, The Cannon in Houston, and Communitech in Waterloo. The panel can be viewed online here. 

Dr. Breanne Everett, CEO, President & Co-Founder of Orpyx Medical Technologies Inc., a Calgary-based health care innovation company served as moderator.

“As a player in Calgary’s tech economy, I know that we have a lot of opportunity to build up our innovation community,” said Dr. Everett. “What we heard from the panelists about how innovation centres can become powerful hubs for economic growth certainly rang true."

Opening in fall 2021, the Platform Innovation Centre will be a 50,000 square foot single point of access to Calgary’s innovation ecosystem. Tech entrepreneurs and founders will get everything they need to succeed.

“Calgary’s tech sector is united behind a goal to triple in size over the next 10 years, adding tens of thousands of new jobs in the process. Getting there requires more than a building,” said Dr. Rock. “It requires a deliberate mix of the right people and programming all in the right place: the Platform Innovation Centre in East Village. We are on the right track to meaningfully diversify our economy while creating thousands more jobs and businesses that will benefit all Calgarians. This panel was a great reminder of that, and something we are pleased to share with everyone.”