Opportunities

Deadlines coming soon

Registration for the Alberta IoT Fast Track Program is open!

The Alberta IoT Fast Track Program is a business accelerator designed to provide
entrepreneurial training and coaching to Alberta businesses in IoT to reach next level growth.

Join a cohort of growing IoT companies as they learn new business tactics from industry
experts in business models, sales, international markets and more.

Cohort 4 starts October 5, 2021. 

Learn more and apply at the link below!

ALBERTA IOT FAST TRACK PROGRAM APPLICATION

Helping Alberta’s digital companies scale and grow their business

Alberta Digital Traction is a funding program of up to $50,000 for small-and medium-sized Alberta enterprises (SMEs) that have software development at the core of one or more of their products and/or services.

Qualified candidates are those that intend to rapidly scale in the global marketplace to accelerate their revenue growth.

We offer the funding to help qualified Alberta SMEs cover eligible expenses required to complete up to three milestones that demonstrate they’ve attained digital traction. We’ve listed the eligible milestone activities below.

Do you qualify for the Alberta Digital Traction program?

The program is a good fit for high potential, scaling, digital Alberta SMEs that have:

  • an existing relationship with an approved Alberta-based entrepreneur program or a Technology Development Advisor (See the program guide for more information),
  • a digital innovation that offers a significant competitive advantage over existing solutions,
  • a minimum viable product to test,
  • a technology that could scale up in one to two years, if successful, and
  • customer acquisition targets and strategy for the next three years.

Alberta-based entrepreneur programs

Qualified Alberta digital SMEs must connect with an approved Alberta-based entrepreneur program through the Regional Innovation Network and/or a Technology Development Advisor for a letter of support.

These programs are chosen due to their knowledge of lean startup methodologies, digital traction roadmaps and customer discovery lead product development models.

Letters from other globally recognized programs that align with these methodologies will be accepted with prior approval.

Support and available funding

With the guidance of an Alberta-based entrepreneur program’s business coach or a Technology Development Advisor, eligible applicants can apply for up to $50,000 paid directly to the applicant.

Funding will cover eligible expenses required to complete up to three milestones to demonstrate traction. The applicant pays a minimum 25 percent cash contribution of the total eligible project costs.
 

Milestone activities

Eligible project activities included in a milestone may include:

  • Customer and/or client discovery;
  • Digital market assessment and segmentation analysis;
  • Data-driven, online market assessment testing;
  • Product development based on client feedback;
  • Advanced market assessment or segmentation analysis; or
  • Advanced sales and/or marketing strategies.

How the program works 

Our previous call is currently under review.
Our next call will open for applications on September 13, 2021.

Are you interested in applying?  

  1. Familiarize yourself with the program documents below,
  2. Obtain a letter of support from an approved Alberta-based entrepreneur program/coach, and
  3. Access our applicant portal to submit your application online.
  4. Any questions? Contact us at intake@albertainnovates.caor 403-210-5229.

Program documents

Program documents for applications submitted prior to 2021

Related programs and services 

Connectica is a database to help connect Alberta’s innovative technology entrepreneurs to publicly funded or not-for-profit services, funding and facilities.

To connect with the innovation ecosystem and technology entrepreneur supports in your region, check out the Regional Innovation Networks.

Program metrics

Learn more about how we measure progress with the technology commercialization scorecard.

 

 

Opportunities with deadlines

Platform Calgary

Over the past month, the Platform Calgary team has had the pleasure of touring over 300Program PartnersPillar Team members, investors, prospective donors, government officials and community members through the Platform Innovation Centre. 

The Platform Innovation Centre is a single point of access to Calgary’s innovation ecosystem. Functioning as a hub to support startups and entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey, the Innovation Centre will help grow Calgary’s tech and entrepreneurial community. 

An increase in network resources for entrepreneurs will lead to more local business, meaning more jobs and economic growth. It will be a place where tech entrepreneurs and founders get everything they need to succeed, and it will also be a place that celebrates and encourages the collisions between people that can create exceptional results.

The Platform Innovation Centre will open in phases, starting with the Platform team and partners moving in this fall, followed by a grand opening in January 2022. 

These tours have been an exciting way to share the progress of Calgary’s home for Innovators with the community. Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to opening day! 

Learn more about the Platform Innovation Centre

 

Ongoing Opportunities

The League of Innovators is a Canadian charity that supports young entrepreneurs at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey to accelerate their path to success through a suite of barrier-free programs. To date, the League of Innovators has worked with over 400 young entrepreneurs across Canada who have become Forbes Top 30 Under 30, Peter Thiel Fellows, Fast Company World Changing Ideas, and yes have scaled their startups to wildly successful businesses.

The League of Innovators’ Foundations program is a 6-week virtual idea incubation program for youth under the age of 25 to take their entrepreneurial ideas and aspirations to action. The program runs from Oct 6th until Nov 10th, with 90-min workshops every Thursday. Throughout the program, they will gain access to live workshops, self-paced resources and content, and build community.  

What makes our Foundations incubator program unique?

  • A community of young people across Canada who have similar interests and ambitions as you do who will go on the journey alongside you and support you
  • The virtual program is completely remote, free, and accessible from any location
  • The program is sector and education agnostic; anyone can apply to be part of it
  •  Storytelling and mentorship to help you expand your understanding of what’s possible, find clarity, tackle challenges, and get-going
  • A bank of resources for you to do the work and dive deeper where it matters most to you

We are excited that the applications for our Foundations program are currently live, and we will be accepting applications until September 16th, 2021. 

Accelerate your new product technology development

The Micro Voucher Program is designed to de-risk novel technological solutions.

We do this by providing qualified high potential, high growth, technology or knowledge-based Alberta small and medium enterprise (SME) up to $10,000 in funding, combined with coaching, to accelerate the pathway to commercialization and scale-up.

The program is a good fit for high potential, high growth, technology or knowledge-based Alberta small and medium enterprise (SME) that:

  • has a novel technology with an opportunity for intellectual property
  • functional requirements and features that are defined, and can prove that the concept is technically feasible.
  • has a management team and executed foundational business agreements
  • can identify target customer, customer segments and possible markets
  • has completed an initial high-level competitive position analysis and understands any regulatory hurdles to entering the market
  • can point to pricing and business models of similar products in the industry
  • has a technology readiness level between 3 and 7
  • can complete the proposed project within six months
  • has connected with a Technology Development Advisor (TDA) for coaching

Qualified SMEs may be eligible for up to $10,000, paid directly to a service provider, for the purpose of one or more of the following activities:

  • Design, engineering and prototype development;
  • Product testing and refinement;
  • Patent development; (excluding patent maintenance fees)
  • Advanced market assessment or segmentation analysis;
  • Advanced business and/or marketing strategies; and/or
  • Other technology development activities that will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please note: the applicant pays a minimum 25 percent cash contribution of the total eligible project costs.

How the program works 

This program is an open-call format. Apply now.

Are you interested in submitting a new application?  

  1. Familiarize yourself with the new program documents below.

  2. Connect with a Technology Development Advisor.

  3. Access our applicant portal to submit your application online.

  4. Any questions? Contact us at intake@albertainnovates.ca or 403-210-5229.

Are you currently working on an existing application?

Draft applications in our grants management system started prior to July 5th, 2021, will closed as of July 5th, 2021 at 12:00pm. You will need to start a new application on or after July 6th, 2021.

We’re here to help with any questions you might have. Please reach out to your Technology Development Advisor or Project Advisor, or email a Program Associate at inbox_grants@albertainnovates.ca.

Program resources

Entrepreneurial Investments Program Metrics

Learn more about how we measure progress with the Technology Commercialization Scorecard.

Program documents

Program documents for applications submitted on or before July 5, 2021

Related programs and services 

The Micro Voucher Program is part of a suite of small business and entrepreneur funding programs focused on the commercialization of new product development and technology solutions. Other related programs and services are:

To connect with the innovation ecosystem and technology entrepreneur supports in your region, check out the Regional Innovation Networks.

Contact

Technology Development Advisors
Connect now! – Entrepreneurial Investments
403-210-5229
Intake@albertainnovates.ca


Marie-Claude Carignan
Program Associate – Entrepreneurial Investments
780-450-5175
Marie-Claude.Carignan@albertainnovates.ca

 

     

Notification of changes to the r&D Associate program

Based on an external and internal program review, we’ve adjusted the r&D Associate program with the goal of improving outcomes and simplifying the applicant experience. 

In keeping with our mandate to accelerate the company commercialization, our new program will be for a one-year term, focusing on achieving revenue and sales. The salary stipend options will remain unchanged, and there will be no expense allowance. 


Grants to build technology readiness

Alberta’s high potential, high growth, technology and knowledge-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may be eligible for up to $67,500 per year for one year to enable them to employ in-house professional research and development capability, to advance the Technology Readiness Level and accelerate new product commercialization.

The r&D Associate has the advanced technical skills required by the SME to make that last leap from research to a marketable product.

This one-year program is designed to fund SMEs to employ an r&D professional through one of the following options:

  • Level 1 – full-time, up to $52,500 per year
  • Level 2 – full-time, up to $67,500 per year

Please refer to the program guide below for an explanation of the various levels.

How the program works

This program is an open-call format. Apply now.

Are you interested in submitting a new application?  

  1. We’ve launched a new grant management system, please read the announcement to see how this impacts new and existing applications and applicants. Contact your Program Associate if you have questions.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the program documents below.
  3. Connect with a Technology Development Advisor.
  4. Access applicant portal to submit your application online.
  5. Any questions? Contact us at intake@albertainnovates.ca or 403-210-5229.

Please note: the applicant may submit an application with or without the selection of a specific r&D Associate. If the application is submitted without the selection of a specific associate, it will be evaluated on the “Applicant” and “Opportunity” sections of the application. If approved, the applicant will have up a maximum of six months to submit the “Associate” and “Project” sections of the application for evaluation.

Are you currently working on an existing application?

Applications started in our existing grants management systems prior to April 14, 2020 will continue to be managed through the system in which the application was received, meaning the benefits listed above do not apply.  

We’re here to help with any questions you might have. Please reach out to your Technology Development Advisor or Project Advisor, or email a Program Associate at inbox_grants@albertainnovates.ca.

Resources

Entrepreneurial Investments Program Metrics

Learn more about how we measure progress with the Technology Commercialization Scorecard.

Program documents

Notification of changes to the Commercialization Associate program

Based on an external and internal program review, we’ve adjusted the Commercialization Associates program with the goal of improving outcomes and simplifying the applicant experience.

In keeping with our mandate to accelerate the company commercialization, our new program will be for a one-year term, focusing on achieving revenue and sales. The salary stipend options will remain unchanged, and there will be no expense allowance.


Grants to build business readiness

Alberta’s high potential, high growth, technology and knowledge-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may be eligible for funding to enable them to employ a highly trained resource with the goal of advancing business readiness levels and/or accelerating product commercialization.

The Commercialization Associate understands business fundamentals and practices, applying knowledge of industry, as well as market and business trends to prioritize commercialization activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, manufacturing analysis and planning, advanced product validation, exploring new market opportunities, marketing, sales, financial strategies, and business development activities.

This program is designed to fund SMEs to employ a commercialization professional, for one year, through one of the following options:

  • Level 1 – full-time, up to $52,500 per year
  • Level 2 – full-time, up to $75,000 per year
  • Level 3 – full or part-time, up to $105,000 per year

Please refer to the program guide below for an explanation of the various levels.

How the program works

This program is an open-call format. Apply now.

Are you interested in submitting a new application?  

  1. We’ve launched a new grant management system, please read the announcement to see how this impacts new and existing applications and applicants. Contact your Program Associate if you have questions.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the program documents below.
  3. Connect with a Technology Development Advisor.
  4. Access applicant portal to submit your application online.
  5. Any questions? Contact us at intake@albertainnovates.ca or 403-210-5229.

Please note: the applicant may submit an application with or without the selection of a specific Commercialization Associate. If the application is submitted without the selection of a specific associate, it will be evaluated on the “Applicant” and “Opportunity” sections of the application. If approved, the applicant will have up a maximum of six months to submit the “Associate” and “Project” sections of the application for evaluation.

Are you currently working on an existing application?

Applications started in our existing grants management systems prior to April 14, 2020 will continue to be managed through the system in which the application was received, meaning the benefits listed above do not apply.  

We’re here to help with any questions you might have. Please reach out to your Technology Development Advisor or Project Advisor, or email a Program Associate at inbox_grants@albertainnovates.ca.

Resources

Entrepreneurial Investments Program Metrics

Learn more about how we measure progress with the Technology Commercialization Scorecard.

Program documents

Advancing Health Care Technology

Fostering the development and growth of new and existing industries, improving the health and well-being of Albertans.

Commercializing novel health technologies can offer major health and economic benefits for Alberta.  Such benefits include improved health outcomes, quality of care, efficiencies within the health care system, and economic growth.  

Alberta Innovates’ Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) suite of programs provide a coordinated series of enabling mechanisms to support innovators along their health technology commercialization journey from ideation to leading (see figure below).

Adapted from the Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (CIMIT) – Guidance and Impact Tracking System (GAITS) for Digital Medicine. https://www.gaits.org/ja/.

Current Program Offerings

Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Concepts 

AICE-Concepts enables and accelerates early-stage innovators across the four domains of health innovation commercialization. Our 2020/21 stream addresses three priority areas within the field of precision health:

  • Disease prevention
  • Diagnostics
  • Personalized therapeutics

Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Validate 

AICE-Validate helps Alberta’s innovators overcome the hurdles associated with digital and data-enabled health technology commercialization during the committing and early validation phases.

Accelerating Innovations into CarE – Market Access

AICE-Market Access supports Alberta’s small-medium sized health-tech companies in achieving commercial progression and market access during the scaling and later validation phases.

Related Opportunities

ImplementAB.digH – supports Alberta-based healthcare delivery organizations in carrying out health technology assessments and feasibility studies of novel, commercially available digital health innovations. The Program provides a novel platform for healthcare practitioners and decision makers to test digital health solutions and achieve health system economic value for Alberta. 

Health Innovation Platform Partnerships – seeks to partner with others in the health innovation ecosystem to deliver Platforms (infrastructure, tools, and resources) to accelerate and build a health innovation ecosystem that is robust, coordinated, and a competitive advantage for Alberta innovators in the health industry.

Current Projects 

If you’d like to learn more about the projects we are supporting through AICE, find more information here.

Contact

Bindi Ferguson
Director, Portfolio Management - Health Innovation
780-306-1099
Bindi.Ferguson@albertainnovates.ca

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The Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA) is a volunteer organization committed to helping entrepreneurs achieve success by surrounding them with a team of business leaders who provide conflict-free mentorship, coaching, and guidance.

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The University of Lethbridge library’s Project Sandbox has moved virtual and have some new programs: 

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Entrepreneurship

Looking to get your feet wet in a startup? Venture For Canada offers post-secondary students the opportunity to explore entrepreneurial work experiences in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia and the Prairies. Learn invaluable skills on your road to building your future from those in the best position to teach - other entrepreneurs.

Bonus: our program fits the requirements of most co-op placements

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Have you tried our Education-on-Demand?

In the Fall, Tecconnect began offering programs via our Education-on-Demand service. 

We plan to have more content coming available in the new year, so consider starting out by taking Entrepreneurship 101 and order these 6 sessions for FREE at the link below. 

Entrepreneurship 101: Foundations Module
This 6-week program is designed to focus on the introductory fundamentals of designing and validating the value proposition for your business idea and explores how to build it out using the Business Model Canvas (BMC).

The video recordings of our Fall 2019 session provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to harness their business idea in order to develop a working canvas that can serve as a living, breathing reference tool while building the approach towards full-scale operation.

The key takeaways for this course are: to guide entrepreneurs towards appropriate market validation of your idea; and to gain the understanding to have it built and eventually be mapped into a robust business plan.

Register for all 6 sessions and get ready for new announcements in 2021!

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 TECTERRA, a geospatial technology innovation support centre that supports the Canadian development and commercialization of geomatics technologies. Since TECTERRA’s inception in 2009, as a non-profit organization, we have directly supported hundreds of startups and SMEs in Alberta, creating over $365 million in economic impact and helped over 280 companies.

 BUILD program. TECTERRA invests in small but growing companies that utilize geospatial technology with higher than average technical risk and solving problems for large or clearly-defined markets in Alberta and beyond. TECTERRA’s BUILD program empowers Alberta businesses to accelerate and de-risk the development and commercialization of innovative geospatial technology with a non-dilutive, 0% interest loan of up to $500,000.

 

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What is SMARTstart?

SMARTstart is for people with a business idea and entrepreneurs (or owners) who have been in business for less than three years.  This entrepreneurial training program offers tools, mentorship and business planning for participants and is designed and delivered for Lethbridge and Region area entrepreneurs.

Here's some more information on the program:

Who is it for? Businesses in their first 3 years or people who have an idea but have not started

This 50 hour program is offered over 8 months

Each entrepreneur leaves the program with either a business plan or feasibility plan for their business/idea


SMARTstart provides entrepreneurs with:

  • Business plan development
  • Flexible online learning with GoForth Institute’s 100 Essential Small Business Skills™
  • 10+ in-person training sessions delivered by local experts
  • Mentorship from a local entrepreneur through whole program
  • Time commitment: 50 hours of work over 8 months


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Small businesses face the challenge of simply making it beyond the 3 to 5 year mark at only a 35% success rate. But with proper training and resources, 80-90% of those businesses can succeed beyond 5 years. Be one of the SMART ones. 


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Wage Funding Now Available When Hiring For STEM & Natural Resources Roles 

Looking to grow your team? Applications are now open for our full-time wage subsidy program!

Eligible employers can receive up to 80% of the salary for a young professional under the age of 31 when hiring for full-time roles in the natural resources sector, or for roles that have a positive environmental impact. 

Placements are limited, interested employers should apply as soon as possible.

 

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