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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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Best practice programs to support early-phase startups from idea to revenue.

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      A full-day crash-course in B2B sales for business and technical founders and execs.

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    • 321 Growth Academy: Marketing 101

      321 Growth Academy: Marketing 101

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      Marketing 101 is a full-day crash course in B2B marketing for business and technical founders. You’ll learn how to create an effective marketing capacity in your company, assess where you’re at, and develop an action plan to get you from here to there.

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    • 321 Growth Academy: Growth Marketing

      321 Growth Academy: Growth Marketing

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      An eight-week course for Startup Founders, Executives and Marketing Leaders to take a “learning by doing” approach to marketing impact. It’s all about assessing your market and current marketing, learning new marketing ideas and approaches and putting them into action by working on real-world marketing challenges facing your company. The outcome? A more focused and impactful return on your marketing investment and marketing that drives revenue for your business.

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    • 321 Growth Academy: People 101

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      A full-day crash course in human resources (HR) for business and technical founders and leaders. You’ll learn how to build an effective people capacity in your company, how to assess where you’re at with your HR function and how to develop an action plan so you can attract and develop the culture and team you need to grow.

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    • 321 Growth Academy: Agile HR

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      A monthly peer advisory forum for CEOs, board members and founders of technology companies to openly discuss their challenges in a confidential, safe environment. The goal of the roundtables are to provide "just-in-time" advice on current issues, enhance accountability and accelerate actions/decisions. 

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    • Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA)

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      The Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA) is a volunteer organization that provides objective, conflict-free guidance to entrepreneurs in southern Alberta. Each entrepreneur is matched with a team of mentors, which gives a more in-depth experience than traditional one-on-one relationships.

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      Canada's Startup Visa (SUV) Program is intended to attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish new, high-growth businesses in Canada that will support innovation and job creation. 

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RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator launch

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

This month kicks off the RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator (SEA), a 6-month program for nine Calgary-based startups for whom the coupling of social impact and profitability is core to their mission and business model.

Innovate Calgary, with support from Bow Valley College, Momentum, Mount Royal University, Propellus, Trico Foundation, University of Calgary and others, will deliver the program that concentrates on accelerating a social enterprise’s impact and profitability. There is no cost for participants as SEA is generously supported by RBC.

Participants are assigned an experienced executive or entrepreneur as a mentor, who also understands social impact. The mentor will help address specific business challenges, mature their business model and technology, create increased impact and grow revenue. Participants will also be part of a founder’s roundtable, enabling them to learn and discuss challenges with their peers, and receive access to pitch coaching and other relevant workshops delivered by Innovate Calgary’s community and industry partners.

SEA concludes with a demo day where each startup will present their progress to a panel of experts from RBC, Innovate Calgary and partner organizations, and receive feedback on future growth.

The inaugural SEA program is pleased to work with the following innovators:

Pam Krause, Calgary Sexual Health Centre – The WiseGuyz program
WiseGuyz engages junior high boys in a weekly program that has four modules: human rights, sexual health, gender, and positive relationships. The program addresses issues young men face to give them tools to engage in healthy relationships; understand the connection between masculinity and male norms, sexuality and violence; and provides targeted education, skills development, and support to help young men achieve sexual well-being and healthy relationships.

Sue Crawford and Michael Purdy, Enable 
Enable is an online matchmaking platform that partners families and people affected by disability, to reliable student caregivers. By creating meaningful partnerships between people, and connecting with accessible businesses, Enable fosters a stronger sense of belonging for people of all abilities within communities.

Colin Smith, Green Event Services
Green Event Services provides equipment for responsible event waste management. The company delivers recycling stations to events and helps to manage waste reduction by creating a recycling plan with staff and volunteers.

Lourdes Juan, Leftovers Foundation
LeftOvers Calgary is an organization that rescues food from being thrown in the garbage, and ensures it gets to service agencies in need such as the Calgary Drop-In Centre, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, Alpha House, Making Changes Association and Inn from the Cold. LeftOvers delivers perishable food to these locations to alleviate stress and fill the kitchens with fresh items.

Chad Zelensky, Lowen's Natural Skincare
Lowen’s Skincare is a family-owned and operated business rooted in the creation of effective hypoallergenic skincare products. They use locally sourced, certified organic, Non-GMO and fair trade ingredients in their products which include balms, moisturizers, scrubs and creams.

Derek Luk, Mindful Mental Training
Mindfulness is a form of attention and awareness training cultivated through meditation. The company’s focus is mental health prevention by providing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in an online platform. The platform hopes to remove barriers that prevent people from accessing clinically supported mindfulness-based interventions, with the ultimate goal of preventing suicides.

Paul Harvey and Eric Reynolds, Mobile Escape
Mobile Escape exists to awaken the senses by bringing people together to think differently about the world around them. The company creates an immersive experience through the concept of escape rooms, where participants are put within a real-life scenario and solve puzzles to eventually escape the room.

Zachary Champoux, Nomad EcoProducts
Nomad EcoProducts manufactures all of their products, primarily yoga mats and clothing, from recycled materials with the aim to divert materials from landfills and lower GHG emissions in the atmosphere.

Gina Cherkowski, STEM Learning Lab
STEM Learning Lab engages teachers and students in high quality, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), STEAM (STEM + Art) and Maker learning experiences. The company offers educational programs for teachers as well as innovative and fun programs for youth.

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