January Business in Calgary - Growing Calgary's Innovators
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Programs designed to accelerate innovation-driven ideas
BY ANDREA MENDIZABAL
Calgary’s startup community is experiencing
tremendous growth. As a leading technology
transfer and commercialization centre,
Innovate Calgary works with students, researchers and
entrepreneurs from the advanced tech sector to move
innovation and ideas forward.
From mentoring to workshops, Innovate Calgary delivers a
suite of programs to guide entrepreneurs to the next stage
of growth. Valuable free resources are also available on the
newly revamped innovatecalgary.com.
2017 Entrepreneur Programs Lineup
The Inc. - Ongoing
This startup incubator program combines coworking space
with one-on-one mentoring to provide support and guidance
for startups. From open desk space to dedicated seating, this
monthly membership offers the flexibility needed to move a
Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta - Ongoing
The Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA) is a
world-class mentoring program that matches Alberta-based
entrepreneurs with experienced mentors to accelerate
Kinetica Ventures - Ongoing
Kinetica Ventures bridges the energy industry and
technology innovators to accelerate world-class energy
technologies. This program helps de-risk and accelerate the
most promising solutions.
CEO Roundtable - Monthly
A peer advisory forum for CEOs, board members and
founders of tech companies to discuss challenges in a
confidential, safe environment. The roundtable provides
‘just-in-time’ advice, enhances accountability and
New Tech Meetup - Monthly
With 2,800-plus members, this meetup brings together the
startup, business, academic and investor communities to
support Calgary’s startup and advanced tech ecosystem.
Innovator’s Toolkit Series - Held winter, spring and fall
From uncovering financing options to capturing markets,
this series arms innovators with a toolkit for business
success, providing valuable insight from ‘been there, done
that’ mentors, entrepreneurs and executives.
Discover - Held winter and fall
This five-week program will teach entrepreneurs how
to engage customers and discover their motivations,
preferences and needs.
Go-To-Market - Begins fall 2017
Maximize successful execution in market entry, product launch
and revenue growth. This four-month program combines
one-on-one mentorship, seminars, webinars and assignments.
Participants will walk away with an expert reviewed strategic
marketing plan and marketing implementation strategy.
Telus Technology Accelerator - Begins fall 2017
Sponsored by Telus, this six-month program is designed to
accelerate the technology, business model and investment
possibility of Canadian tech startups in four areas: seamless
experience, data analytics, health and wellness, and “last 100
RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator - Begins fall 2017
Sponsored by RBC, this six-month program grows Calgarybased
startups whose mission is to create social impact while
ensuring a profitable business model. Startups focused on
inclusive finance, poverty alleviation, affordable housing and
integrating new immigrants are encouraged to apply.
For more information on programs, to access the
Entrepreneur Essentials online resource or to learn more
about Innovate Calgary, visit innovatecalgary.com.
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