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Edmonton is at Inventures 2019

From June 5 to 7, 2019, an Edmonton delegation, lead by Edmonton Economic Development, is at Inventures — must-attend "unconference" for creative minds.

Below, find out why Edmonton is such a great place for companies like the ones at Inventures.

It's not who you know. It's what you're making.

Inventures Pitch competition

Six Edmonton companies are participating in an international pitch competition at Inventures 2019:

  • ez enRoute is a touch-free, iBeacon-based student and bus tracking system. Created in Canada by an Edmonton school parent with seasoned technology, education, and school bus experts to meet the needs of parents, schools and bus operators to track and monitor students during school bus transit.
  • Ripple Energy Studio is making Alternative Energy accessible to everyone – learn, design and connect.
  • PolypDx™ is the first and only urine-based test with a high sensitivity for detection of adenomatous polyps – the precursor to colorectal cancer.
  • MDIIO is an easier way for songwriters to collaborate, network, pitch and monetize music.
  • Hölmetrics helps workplaces build awesome team culture using Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
  • Growing Greener Innovations helps the world journey toward a better energy future by providing clean portable alternatives to gas-powered generators and biomass burning.
Additional Edmonton-based startups will demo at FACTORY Party and in the Main Hall of Inventures 2019

More about some of the many companies at Inventures

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Three Edmonton-based companies took home top prizes at Inventures in Calgary on June 7

Growing Greener Innovations, a clean energy provider that creates a lightweight, emission-free, battery-powered generator called the Grengine, won in the category of Building Smarter Cities, while student-founded Hempact and EduEats won first and second place, respectively, in the Student Pitch Competition.

In its second year, Inventures took place June 5-7 at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary. The global innovation conference brought the brightest minds in emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, IoT, med tech and blockchain.

Pitch submissions for Inventures international pitch competition were accepted in six categories: Building Smarter Cities, Blockchain Breakthroughs, Integrating the Artificial Mind, Feeding a Hungry Planet, Health Systems for a Global Village and Greening a Blue Planet.

Six Edmonton companies pitched their innovative solutions to investors at Inventures: ez enRoute, Ripple Energy Studio, PolypDx, MDIIO, Hölmertrics and Growing Greener Innovations. Finalists were selected from more than 230 submissions from around the world.

Pitch competition winners received $10,000 in funding and access to professional coaching.

Run by Bow Valley College’s entrepreneur-in-residence, Craig Elias, the Student Pitch Competition received submissions from as far as Pakistan and India. While there wasn't a cash prize for this competition, the top two from each of the three preliminary rounds (six in total) went on to pitch to early-stage investors in the finals.

Three Edmonton student companies had this opportunity: Hempact, a University of Alberta social entrepreneurship project that creates biodegradable feminine hygiene products using hemp fibres; EduEats, an on-campus food delivery/pick up app, founded by NAIT student Arth Soni; and Inception VR, an end-to-end virtual and augmented reality solutions provider, run by NAIT grad Kyle Gagnon.

Competition winner, Hempact, travelled to Banff to pitch again at the In the Trenches Summit held June 7-8.

Why Inventures?

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Why Edmonton?

As one of Canada's youngest and fastest growing cities, Edmonton embraces new people and new ideas. We're a mid-size metropolis that punches above our weight as one of the most cost-competitive places to do business in the world.

If you can dream it, you can build it in Edmonton. We're a city that extends a hand and then rolls up our sleeves to make things happen. And, we can’t wait to make things happen for you.

We help business start, grow, and expand. Want proof?

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31% higher than average family income

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Innovation In Action

Edmonton succeeds through a combination of a strong entrepreneurial culture and the backing of top-five-in-world research institutions. 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.

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Market Leadership

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.
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Ecosystem Overview

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.
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Our Innovation Team

A division of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), Innovate Edmonton contributes to Edmonton’s economic growth and diversification through the creation of new tech-enabled businesses, by helping high potential businesses scale, and by inspiring action to fuel growth in the city’s innovation and entrepreneurship communities
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Corporate Innovators

Companies started in Edmonton have demonstrated a reach across the globe
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Curious about #YEG?

Learn more about the opportunities for investment, potential to build your next technical team, and how to create an amazing life for your family:
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Why Edmonton?

Edmonton is a smart, reliable city-of-choice because we have a solid history of stability, a very high quality of life, and a welcoming spirit that embraces new people and new ideas. Find out why our city is the perfect place for people on the grow to succeed.
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Business Climate

Edmonton’s business climate is one of the friendliest in the world. An ethic of spirited collaboration combined with some of the lowest tax rates in North America means that if you can dream it, then you can build it here.
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Low cost of living, a welcoming and diverse city, a young population, and an abundance of festivals happening year-round helps to make Edmonton one of the funnest places in the world to live and grow.
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Six publicly funded post-secondary institutions and more than 100,000 students from over 140 different countries provides companies and industry in Edmonton with the exceptional talent needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.
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An ever-expanding public infrastructure in Edmonton undergirds our city and enhances our citizen’s lives, getting them to where they need to be and facilitating the connections needed for them to succeed.
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A number of incentives, funding and programs from across government levels can be accessed by entrepreneurs, companies and investors to start or grow their business.
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More Questions?

If you have any questions not covered above, we are happy to get in touch!

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