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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February Business in Calgary featuring New Tech Meetup

Monday, February 2, 2015

It Started with an Idea
New Tech Meetup Calgary serves to bridge the gap
between Calgary’s startup, business, academic
and investor communities. Launched in 2013, this
monthly Meetup group met a demand from the community,
something Innovate Calgary entrepreneur-in-residence
Mark Williams recognized when he founded the group.
“People were looking for a starting point,” explains
Williams. “Maybe they have an idea or are interested in
unique investment opportunities, but where can those
relationships be forged?”
The answer was really quite simple: get some pizza and
refreshments and let the “magic” happen. The monthly
Meetup features an agenda of networking, followed by an
update on events happening across the community, and
three formal presentations by local tech companies.
New Tech Meetup Calgary is often the first opportunity
these companies have to pitch to an audience and share
their company story. The informal setting alleviates some of
the pressure and allows for valuable feedback without the
stakes of a formal pitch competition.
“A pitch is important for a startup; it is their opportunity
to explain what is being sold to investors,” says Williams.
“But it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. You work on this
project so closely, you know every angle and detail, and it
is something you are passionate about. Of course you know
why people should get involved in your project, but how do
you explain that in a way that shows the value to others?”
The format of the event allows for three presentations by
local tech companies. They in turn receive valuable feedback
and learnings from an audience comprised of investors,
co-founders, and tech and business talent.
When New Tech Meetup Calgary held its first event, there
were over 100 attendees. Now, the Meetup membership has
grown to well over 800 members from within the Calgary
“We meet the second Thursday of every month at the
Alastair Ross Technology Centre,” says Williams. “The
reception this initiative has received shows the desire for
a diversity of opportunities in this city. There is so much
energy in Calgary’s startup community and this has become
New Tech Meetup Calgary is often
the first opportunity these companies
have to pitch to an audience and
share their company story. The
informal setting alleviates some of
the pressure and allows for valuable
feedback without the stakes of a
formal pitch competition.
one of the venues where they can work together to develop
successful new ventures.”
One of those successful new ventures is RxRobots, an
excellent example of the opportunities that can come out of a
New Tech Meetup Calgary event. They have developed a robot
(yes a robot!) that interacts with children, distracting them
from what otherwise may be a stressful medical procedure.
RxRobots placed third at the 2014 World Innovation Day
– Innovation for Health, in Geneva, Switzerland, and have
received international recognition and exposure for their
They have also received the support of New Tech Meetup
Calgary founder Williams, who is now acting as their CEO.
“RxRobots is such a great example of what can happen
when our tech community comes together,” explains
Williams. “They received support and feedback regarding
their company and pitch, further preparing them to be able
to showcase internationally and receive the accolades their
technology deserves. I am so excited to be working with this
group. They are just one of the success stories that has come
from this event, and I know there will be more.”
New Tech Meetup Calgary is open to the public. To learn
more and to join visit www.meetup.com/New-Tech-Meetup. To
learn more about Innovate Calgary and how it supports new
and emerging technology, visit www.innovatecalgary.com.
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