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Alberta Catalyzer announces second cohort

Alberta Catalyzer, the pre-accelerator run by Innovate Edmonton and Platform Calgary, has named its second cohort, featuring 15 startups run by 23 founders.

Among the Edmonton participants are Raj Rajakumar and Omar Yaqub of Islamic Family and Social Services Association (IFSSA), who will be working on Transform, an app created to increase the impact and efficiency of social services. “Oftentimes we get into the work, and we get caught up in the things we need to do. And sometimes it’s those things we need to do that take us away from the impact we initially want to have,” Yaqub told Taproot shortly after he hired Rajakumar as a product manager.

The other Edmonton-based participants include Inplico, Maple Rose Furigary’s platform for streamlining renovation projects; DeepBlue Greens, founded by Javed Shaikh to develop products for indoor farms; and Mindhub, a mental health platform from Raffela Mancuso. The program’s first cohort of 35 early-stage companies graduated on Feb. 15, and applications are open for the next one.

Funding & Support for Entrepreneurship


Climate Emergency & CleanTech

Digital Inclusion & Education

Food Security & AgTech

Public Health

Social Impact

Arts & Culture

  • The Town of Devon is creating a database promoting Indigenous artists from Treaty Six and the surrounding First Nations communities. Mitch Wincentaylo, who works on Indigenous engagement and inclusion, told Alberta Native News that the database should be up and running later in March.
  • Taproot Publishing co-founder Mack Male will deliver the keynote address on the power of story at the Rainforest Summit Edmonton on March 24.

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Other Mentions

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