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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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Advancing enterprises that enable social change

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Advancing Enterprises that
Enable Social Change
BY MEGHAN OCKEY AND ANDREA MENDIZABAL
A
new program to support the development and
growth of social innovation and enterprise was
announced in a partnership between Innovate
Calgary and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). The program
targets the advancement of social innovations that provide
a solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient
or sustainable than current solutions, and that have the
potential to provide a positive social impact.
Innovate Calgary is working with University of Calgary
researchers in efforts to identify social innovations with
high-impact and commercialization potential.
This collaboration is creating new business startups, or social
enterprises, through which to deliver social innovations to
the public.
Innovate Calgary is joined by RBC by helping to fund
additional resources, allowing Innovate Calgary to provide
support to more social enterprises.
“At RBC, we believe businesses can achieve financial
sustainability while making a positive impact on society,”
says Sandra Odendahl, RBC’s director of social innovation
and business integration. “We are so pleased to partner with
Innovate Calgary on this new and exciting program, which is
helping social entrepreneurs take their innovations to market.”
Social enterprises can span a variety of sectors including
social, clinical, education and environment. The key
differentiator for social enterprises is the impact, which
drives business decisions.
Prior to having an official program in place, the first social
enterprise Innovate Calgary worked with was LivingWorks
Education in the 1990s. LivingWorks is a suicide prevention
training company that was developed at the University of
Calgary and now has international reach.
“LivingWorks’ programs were delivered worldwide to more
than 150,000 participants last year. That is the kind of
impact social innovation research can and will have,” says
Ken Porter, vice president, intellectual property management
at Innovate Calgary. “There is tremendous opportunity to
advancing social enterprise.”
Many social entrepreneurs aim to achieve large-scale,
international adoption. “Innovate Calgary’s startup
investment helped us grow beyond Alberta,” says Richard
Ramsay, professor emeritus of social work, and one of the
four co-founders of LivingWorks. “We’ve since become a
world leader in suicide prevention training.”
Innovate Calgary is currently working with a number
of high-potential innovations from the University of
Calgary including Gender@Work – a program working with
companies on gender equity and diversity initiatives. Gender
inequity is a worldwide issue, one that Professor Rebecca
Sullivan’s research, with the help of Innovate Calgary, has the
potential to address.
Research can turn into life-changing enterprises and
Gender@Work is a prime example of a social enterprise
with the potential for global applications. Through its new
program, Innovate Calgary is well positioned to help propel
more innovations to an international audience.
To learn more about Innovate Calgary and how it supports
new and emerging technology, visit innovatecalgary.com.
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