Here’s the latest on a wide range of innovation in the Edmonton region. Feel free to share it and let us know how we can improve the Blast. Let’s begin!

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Areto Labs Co-Founder & COO Kasey Machin at a media conference on April 12, 2022 at Innovate Edmonton.

Several Edmonton startups accepted into Uniting the Prairies

Uniting the Prairies, a conference in Saskatoon connecting startups with investors and tech leaders, will see a big contingent from the Edmonton area on May 4 and 5. Among them are some companies that have made news recently:

Other Edmonton-area startups among the 100 accepted into the conference include Correct-AI, an industrial robotics company; EZ Ops, which makes oil-and-gas software; Fly and Fetch, which combines shipping and the sharing economy; Gru Organics, a food-growing platform; Pegasus Imagery, a data-collection and analytics company; The Public Food Hub Co., which unites food lovers and food makers; and What’s the Deal?, a daily deals app for restaurants.

Funding & Support for Entrepreneurship


Climate Emergency & CleanTech

  • The Black Gold School Division board of trustees approved the use of $280,000 for the installation of solar panels on the roof of West Haven Public School in Leduc. The division has been approved for $235,000 of grant funds from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre Solar for Schools Program. The school is expected to reduce its carbon footprint by 75% once the 251-kilowatt, solar-powered system is installed.

Digital Inclusion & Education

Food Security & Agtech

Public Health

  • Health Cities CEO Reg Joseph dug deeper into LinkedIn’s Workforce Insights report and BioTalent Canada’s LMI report to call for investment in health-tech talent. “Alberta is home to some of the cities with the fastest pace of tech workforce growth, even ahead of many cities in the US. And the fastest-growing tech jobs are in the field of data (where Alberta is already demonstrating its leadership),” he wrote. “Now is a critical time for the province, and for the country, to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Social Impact

Arts & Culture

Bits & Pieces

Other Mentions

  • Board member and Inflexion Games CEO Aaryn Flynn spoke about his upcoming game Nightingale in a new interview. He also touched on recent corporate changes. “It’s been a bit of a roller coaster here these past eight months since we reimagined ourselves out from Improbable and are now invested in by Tencent,” he said.
  • Innovate Edmonton shared a blog recap of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to the city last week, promoting the federal budget in support of small businesses and innovation. The Prime Minister met with almost a dozen local innovators and the Innovate Edmonton team.

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