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Ongoing Opportunities

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https://150startups.com

150 Startups is a multi-year Alberta-wide initiative designed to build a more resilient economy and expand Alberta’s entrepreneurial capacity by creating more first-time Entrepreneurs at all 26 of Alberta’s publicly funded colleges, universities and polytechnics.

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 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

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

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

An exciting, challenging and rewarding career awaits all new graduates who hold degrees or diplomas in agricultural and environmental sciences.

Look for career opportunities in:

  • Natural Resource Management
  • Crop Production
  • Land Reclamation
  • Animal Production
  • Land Remediation
  • Food Development and Processing
  • Water Resources Management
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Greenhouse Gas Management

and MANY others

Apply for Membership

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: 

Visit Project Sandbox

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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 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.

 

For Employers

Have Tecconnect Sponsor Your SMARTstart Enrollment (Complimentary Registration Valued @ $299)

Learn to Launch - SMARTstart

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


Apply today! COST Only  $299 + some sweat equity”
*Tecconnect is offering to sponsor the first 5 registrants who are interested in participating and will cover the cost of $299 with your commitment to complete the program.  Please email education@chooselethbridge.ca if you could benefit from complimentary enrollment into the SMARTstart program.  Simply put SMARTstart in the subject line and provide an email stating why you'd like to take the program and that you'd appreciate the complimentary enrollment.
 
 
Applications now open:


You have a business idea. You have the vision. You have the determination. Increase your chances of success by joining a program built for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs.

LEARN TO LAUNCH - Launch your BUSINESS IDEA with a plan, a mentor and a team of entrepreneurs that knows what you are going through.

LEARN TO LAUNCH - Launch your YOUNG BUSINESS with a plan, a mentor and a team of entrepreneurs that knows what you are going through.
 

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. 


Apply today! Find out more via the link here and don't forget to email education@chooselethbridge.ca if you are looking for complimentary enrollment:
 

APPLY HERE TO THE SMARTSTART PROGRAM!


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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