The following technologies have been assessed and reviewed by our expert team and are currently available for licensing or sponsored research.

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

  • Programs
    • Startup Primer

      Startup Primer

      Don't know where to start with your business idea? This workshop will prime you with the basics to help you move in the right direction. By the end of this workshop, you will walk away with a first draft of your business model, with input from an experienced startup advisor, which you can use to launch your venture. 


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    • Discover


      Understanding customer behaviour is essential to your startup success. This applied program teaches how to engage customers and discover their motivations, preferences and needs. 


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    • Validate


      This applied program will guide founders through the validation of a product and business model. By the end, you will have sufficient knowledge to decide whether the venture is viable, and if so, feel confident to begin sales and running a business. 

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    • Go-To-Market


      Maximize successful execution in market entry, product launch and revenue growth by addressing marketplace challenges and focusing on strategy and implementation.

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  • Accelerator Programs
    • Kinetica Ventures

      Kinetica Ventures

      Kinetica bridges the gap between the energy industry and energy technology developers/companies. We help to validate and curate energy startups making it easier for industry adoption or acquisition.

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    • TEC Edmonton Health Accelerator

      TEC Edmonton Health Accelerator

      TEC Edmonton's Health accelerator is a bridge builder between the commercial medical world looking for new and improved health products.

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    • TELUS Accelerator Program

      TELUS Accelerator Program

      Applications are now closed  

      A six-month program designed to accelerate your company's business model, technology and operational backbone. Its goal is to support the development of growth-stage companies with technologies that TELUS could potentially use, integrate or commercialize in the following areas: industrial internet of things, big data, digital health & wellness, seamless communication & entertainment experiences, last 100 metres, smart fleet & transportation, and smart cities. 

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    • RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator Program

      RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator Program

      We are no longer accepting applications for 2016. Contact us for more information about our 2017 cohort.

      This eight-month program is designed to accelerate Calgary-based startups whose mission is to create social impact while ensuring that profitability is core to their business model. This is a competitive program open to startups, especially those with a focus on inclusive finance, poverty alleviation, affordable housing and integrating new immigrants.

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    Accelerator Programs

  • Services
    • CEO Roundtable

      CEO Roundtable

      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. 

      "This roundtable has transformed our company, period. There are not enough good things I can say about this group. Even banks recognize its significance toward the foundation for a strong company." - Jeremy Bridge

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    • Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA)

      Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA)

      The Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA) puts entrepreneurs first. This program focuses on individual entrepreneurs who are building businesses in our community. Our mentors don't give the answers, they ask a lot of questions, sometimes digging deep to help coach you through your startup experiences.

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    • Green Tech Mentors

      Green Tech Mentors

      Designed to accelerate the development of promising small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) with a focus on the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Alberta and beyond.

      GT Mentors connects SMEs to world-class mentors, executives and board members.


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    • Intellectual Property Management

      Intellectual Property Management

      Professional patent management services for preparation, filing and prosecution. We guide all aspects of obtaining issued patents through our Canadian and U.S. patent firms.


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    • Funding Support

      Funding Support

      Prepare your approach to venture financing through performing a "12 Point Business Assessment".

      Having a plan to fund your business from many sources, which may include equity investors, is just as important as your business plan.



  • Space
    • Corporate ID | Virtual Space

      Corporate ID | Virtual Space

      The Corporate ID Service allows you to move your business beyond your home address or local coffee shop. Corporate ID clients are provided with a professional address, access to meeting rooms, business centre resources and reception services for a monthly rate.

    • The Inc.

      The Inc.

      The Inc. is a startup incubator program that combines one-on-one mentoring and co-working space to provide support and guidance for your unique startup. From open desk space to dedicated offices, this monthly membership offers you the flexibility you need to move your business forward.

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    • Tenancy


      Be part of the Alastair Ross Technology Centre community. We offer flexible leasing terms of office space from 250-square-foot to 3,000-square-foot.

    • Kinetica Innovation Centre at SAIT (KICS)

      Kinetica Innovation Centre at SAIT (KICS)

      A facility and program that helps clean energy technology startups and researchers design, prototype and test their proprietary technologies.

      KICS helps innovators move their idea from testing and experimentation to prototype development.

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Techstock 2017: Driving Change



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Technologies for Licensing

A sensor-based wearable device for interactive gaming



We help guide research or innovation-driven enterprises to market or to the next stage of business growth.

From ideation to commercialization, we have successfully supported our innovation-driven community for 35 years. We are proud members of Alberta's innovation ecosystem and work with local, national and international partners to help you move your ideas forward.

Innovate Calgary is the technology-transfer and business-incubation centre for the University of Calgary working with the Office of the Vice-President (Research) to help bridge the gap between discovery and innovation.

Getting started is easy, Just Ask.


University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. We are making tremendous progress on our journey to become one of Canada's top five research institutions, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This  Eyes High strategy is currently being refined through a comprehensive consultation initiative involving students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

Calgary Chamber

Led by a team of volunteers and full-time staff, the Chamber provides a forum for debate on critical issues, an innovative public policy solution provider and a destination for networking with other members of the Calgary business community.

The Chamber seeks to link the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of Calgarians to provide constructive solutions to critical policy issues and influence decisions at all levels of government. From networking events, to advertising and sponsorship opportunities, to professional development at our many Chamber events - the Chamber is the leading business organization in Calgary.

City of Calgary

The Corporation of The City of Calgary is designated by the Province of Alberta through the Municipal Government Act as the official administrative body for Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The City of Calgary delivers more than 500 lines of business, from road design and transit planning to dog licensing, enforcement, environmental protection and staffing and running public recreational facilities.

  • Innovate Calgary Board of Directors

    • Michael Whitt, Q.C. - Board Chair, Innovate Calgary
      Partner, Patent Agent, Trademark Agent, Bennett Jones

    • Dr. Edward McCauley
      Vice President (Research), University of Calgary

    • Simon Vincent
      Chief Commercial Officer, Celero

    • John Reynolds
      Associate Vice President Research, University of Calgary

    • Peter Garrett
      President, Innovate Calgary

    • Brad Zumwalt
      Partner, Zinc Ventures

    • Evan Hu 
      Adjunct Professor, Mount Royal University Bissett School of Business

    • Gord Follett
      Vice President of Finance, Bridgewater Bank

    • Linda Dalgetty
      Vice President, Finance & Services, University of Calgary

    • Heather Herring
      Principal, Makeitso Inc.

    • Ray DePaul
      Director, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Mount Royal University

    • Jim Dewald
      Dean, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

    • Alex Zahavich
      Vice-president, Corporate Development and Applied Research, SAIT Polytechnic


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  • Careers

    • Career Opportunities

    Innovate Calgary is a full-service organization offering technology transfer and business incubator services to researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses within the advanced technology sector. We provide a unique environment for employees by combining a flexible work environment with great exposure to the breadth of Alberta's growing advanced technology sector.

    Commercialization Advisor(s) - 15 Hour Engagement
    Deadline: Until suitable candidate(s) are found

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    Kinetica Ventures

    Powered by Innovate Calgary, Kinetica Ventures is a uniquely industry-driven program, working closely with key partners in the energy sector to identify their most pressing challenges, and bridging the gap between industry and energy technology innovators.

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    Volunteer Opportunities - Be a Mentor

    Venture Mentoring Services of Alberta: Licensed from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Venture Mentoring Service, this program was created to provide world-class mentoring to entrepreneurs throughout Alberta. 

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