Strategic Networking and Development (SND) Grants 2023-2024



Projects should create or strengthen collaborations and connections within the innovation ecosystem, and/or provide experiential and intrapreneurial/entrepreneurial learning opportunities with a technology focus/in a tech setting. Examples of eligible activities can include:

  • Focused networking events convening two or more groups including academia, industry, government and/or community stakeholders within an emerging technology topic area.
  • A workshop organized by university researcher(s) around a specific area of emerging technology for further development/adoption involving other institutions, industry end-users and/or students.
  • Team-based science-focused experiential learning opportunities (typically Post-Secondary or High School participants).
  • Hackathons and coding contests.
  • Symposia showcasing student capabilities and skillsets to prospective employers.
  • Intrapreneurial/entrepreneurial training for students/youth.

The program is open to:

  • Post-secondary Institutions
  • For-Profit Organizations*
  • Non-Profit/Not-for Profit Organizations
  • Associations/Consortia/Societies
  • Public, Private and Separate Schools


The Strategic Networking and Development (SND) Program provides funding to support high impact networking, workshops, gatherings, competitions, educational and experiential programming, and events in emerging technologies. The program aims to support activities that connect Alberta's tech talent and expertise; explore Alberta-based collaborations between and within members of academia, industry, community, and government; provide experiential learning opportunities for students (K-12 and post-secondary) in STEM, especially within emerging technologies; and/or helping students/innovators to develop entrepreneurial thinking and skillsets in a tech setting.

Funding Considerations

Funding up to $25,000, depending on the size and scope of the event. Projects, including event lead-up time, have a maximum term of one year.

In addition to financial support, we offer resources and expertise to help event organizers succeed. Our team can connect organizers with other resources and partners in the ecosystem.


Agency Name: 
Alberta Innovates
Contact Name: 
Esther Ekpe Adewuyi
Grant Amount: 
Up to $25,000 per project; 1 year
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Sunday, March 31, 2024
Internal Deadline: 
Sunday, March 17, 2024
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: