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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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July Business in Calgary - A Startup's Guide to Renting Space

Monday, July 6, 2015

A Startup’s Guide to Renting Space
BY ANDREA MENDIZABAL
When expenses are on a shoestring budget, it can be
challenging for a startup to know when to make the
leap from the home office to a commercial office
space. Building your startup from a home office is great for
offsetting costs while growing and acquiring first customers.
However there comes a turning point in a startup’s growth
when the home office no longer lends itself to a professional
environment. How do you know if your business is ready?
Where do you go? How much space do you need? What
services are you looking for? Is coworking a better option?
The number of questions can be daunting.
For Charles Gammans, founder of Ultralight Technologies,
it came down to people.
“It’s a challenge; it’s really hard to know when it’s time to
look for space,” says Gammans. “I would say the definitive
factor is when you have employees and require that daily
interaction, or when you find yourself booking multiple client
meetings and need an environment that looks reputable.”
As a startup, a crucial part of building a successful
company is the people. Chris Goodall, managing director of
InvenSense Canada, agrees.
InvenSense Canada, formerly Trusted Positioning Inc.,
grew from a three-person team to 20-plus employees,
to recently being acquired by a multibillion-dollar U.S.
company. Now, the company is expanding in Calgary and is
looking for office space to grow into.
“You have to have a good location for your people, that
should always be number one,” says Goodall. “I think that
for any high-tech startup company, the most important
thing is the people, the employees. It should be a priority to
keep them happy.”
Anthony Lewis, commercial real estate associate with RE/
MAX Complete Commercial, explains that there are some
other key factors that every company should think about
when looking to rent space.
“Before starting their search, startups should know how
much they want to spend. Figure out the size of office space
you need and work within that budget,” says Lewis. “You
should also know how long you would like to lease for and in
what quadrant of the city. Location can make a big difference.”
According to Lewis, the current economic downturn has
had an effect on the commercial rental market in Calgary.
“Out of the four sectors – industrial, retail, office and land –
office is in a slump,” says Lewis. “Vacancy rates are high and the
downtown core is definitely feeling the economic downturn.”
With the downturn, startup companies at the next stage
of growth have an opportunity to ease into the commercial
rental market.
“There is a lot of office space available right now and we are
seeing some flexibility with landlords,” says Lewis. “You can
find a good rate with a five-year term, or negotiate a monthto-month
or one-year lease – it’s all about understanding the
current market and knowing how to negotiate with the landlord.”
With a spectrum of possibilities, taking the first step into
commercial office space can be daunting, but knowing the
answers to some of those key questions can help any startup
company on their journey to finding suitable space.
Keep in mind that when looking for space, it is also important
to align your current needs with your projected business plan
growth. You don’t want to outgrow your space too soon and
you don’t want to occupy too large a space either.
The right space is the result of providing your business with
employee engagement, increased reputability, affordability,
the right location, and room for growth.
To learn more about Innovate Calgary and how it supports new
and emerging entrepreneurs, visit www.innovatecalgary.com.
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