Hitting the accelerator on Alberta’s tech startups

On Wednesday, Nov 24, Innovate Edmonton played host to all the partners involved in bringing four world-class business accelerators to Alberta to help promising startups grow. The four accelerators, including 500 Global, Plug and Play, the Alberta Pre-Accelerator and the Community Safety and Wellness Accelerator powered by Alchemist, are part of the Alberta Scaleup and Growth Accelerator Program that is run by a consortium led by Alberta Innovates. Through this program collaboration, Innovate Edmonton plays two roles as both a funder and an accelerator.

You can watch the full recap of the media conference that was held at Mercer Warehouse on YouTube.

Funding & Support for Entrepreneurship


CleanTech & Climate Emergency

Digital Inclusion

Public Health

Social Impact

  • A team of students from NAIT and the University of Alberta placed third in the Pivot on Purpose Student Case Competition at the latest Pivot on Purpose Summit hosted by the Trico Charitable Foundation. The subject of the case was SmartICE, “a community-based Work Integrated Social Enterprise (WISE) offering climate change adaptation tools and services that integrate Inuit knowledge of sea ice with monitoring technology.”
  • The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has launched Canada’s first Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit (ACIU), noting a link between animal cruelty and other violent crimes. In 2021, a majority of the 400 animal cruelty investigations exposed some sort of criminal activity.
  • City council has approved granting about $215,000 to 16 initiatives to illuminate and challenge racism, and it directed more funds toward the anti-racism advisory committee.

Arts & Culture

  • Fort Edmonton Park has won a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement – Heritage Center for its new Indigenous Peoples Experience. The Thea Award program celebrates outstanding work on educational, historical and entertainment projects.

Bits & Pieces


  • Innovate Edmonton and Platform Calgary are looking for unique and inspiring names for Alberta’s new pre-accelerator. Submit your ideas by Dec 1, for a chance to win $1,000!

The Blast is curated by Taproot Edmonton and published by Innovate Edmonton.