Edmonton succeeds through a combination of a strong entrepreneurial culture and the backing of top-five-in-world research institutions. Individual action is alloyed through strong community teamwork and a bottom-up approach to problem solving.
The foundation for our city’s thriving innovation ecosystem was built by community leaders and company founders dedicated to creating new opportunities for themselves and future generations of entrepreneurs. With support from service providers and organizations, funded by all levels of government, entrepreneurs have access to resources ranging from workshops to explore a new product idea to managing commercialization of university research, opportunities to connect with potential new hires to help preparing for investment.
Startup Edmonton supports entrepreneurs as they start and grow tech companies. They bring together founders, developers, mentors, students, and investors to transform ideas into some of Canada’s most exciting and successful companies. They help in four ways: mentorship and programs, workspace, talent, and community.
The ATC provides a collaborative work environment for growth-stage technology companies, and offers growth-accelerating programs, development advice, and support services. Companies working in biotechnology, life sciences, or nontechnology, can access specialized lab spaces at the neighbouring Biotechnology Business Development Centre.
TEC Edmonton is a business accelerator that helps emerging tech companies grow through funding and financing guidance, programs and accelerators, and licensing opportunities. As a joint venture of the University of Alberta and EEDC, TEC operates Edmonton’s largest accelerator for scale-up tech companies and manages the commercialization of UAlberta research.
Sponsored by the city, the Edmonton Health City Initiative has a mission to provide a supportive policy environment for development in health technology. Since its launch in 2017, it has supported more than 340 companies, helping to eliminate the systemic barriers faced by entrepreneurs in this complicated and competitive space.
Over the past 15 years, Amii has built a team of world-renowned researchers and advisors and established itself as a world-class AI and ML research centre. In 2018, Amii became a not-for-profit so it could better support local companies looking to build up their in-house AI capacity.
Opened in November 2018, NAIT’s state-of-the-art Productivity and Innovation Centre includes advanced manufacturing labs, acceleration spaces for small and medium-sized businesses and a dedicated hub for applied research activity. PIC is the first building at NAIT dedicated to helping industry partners become globally competitive.
The University of Alberta’s Venture Mentoring Service works to develop the university’s alumni entrepreneurs by engaging them with teams of experienced mentors. Dr. Ray Muzyka (co-founder of BioWare) was one of the founders of the program and continues to serve as Founding Chair — providing strategic guidance in the creation and scaling of VMS.
The Government of Alberta has selected Connection Silicon Valley and JPC Corp as an independent contractor to provide Alberta businesses with access to Silicon Valley customers, capital and other resources to help them scale. The partnership is meant to help Alberta startups access the billions of venture capital funding floating around the Bay area.
Since it was created by the provincial government in 2008, Alberta Enterprise has connected Alberta inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs to money, markets and mentors — by fostering a thriving venture capital (VC) industry. Alberta Enterprise manages a fund which, via its venture capital partners, invests in technology and innovation companies.
Alberta Innovates is a provincially funded corporation with a mandate to deliver 21st-century solutions for the most compelling challenges facing Albertans. The corporation focuses on the province’s research and technology strengths in the core sectors of health, environment, energy, food and fibre, and platforms such as AI, nanotechnology and omics.
Valhalla Angels is one of Canada’s most active angel investment groups — investing more than $61M. It was also named Canada’s 2018 Angel of the Year. The Edmonton chapter is one of the cornerstone chapters in the Valhalla family. It has supported entrepreneurs through capital investments, as well as in management, advisory and board capacities.
A network of service providers, entrepreneurs and investors, the EIEC is dedicated to creating the best possible environment for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in Edmonton. The open group gathers once a month to share news and strategize about expanding the innovation ecosystem in Edmonton.
An informal organization of people working together to improve Edmonton and Alberta’s innovation ecosystem. Innovation is a wild and untamed place, and conditions are conducive to healthy new things growing. Rainforest aims to help them grow.