Here’s the latest on a wide range of innovation in the Edmonton region. Let’s begin!

YEG Startup Community Awards honour champions of all kinds

The second annual YEG Startup Community Awards recognized a dozen individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions to the startup ecosystem.

The May 19 event at Poppy Barley reached its crescendo with the announcement of DrugBank as the Most Edmonton Startup of the Year, but leading up to that were three other startup awards: Future Fields won for Best Startup Workplace; Islamic Family won for Pivot of the Year; and Ruth was the People’s Choice for New Startup.

Individual contributors were also recognized for their outstanding efforts: MacEwan Entrepreneur-In-Residence Colin Christensen as a Community Champion; Mawji Centre Co-ordinator Cecile Wendlandt as a Connector; Rainforest Alberta champion James Keirstead as a Volunteer; Startup Edmonton’s Allan Waine as a Mentor; and TalkMaze’s Ghalia Aamer as a Student Entrepreneur.

Also recognized were RBCx as a Corporate Champion; the Startup TNT Investment Summit IV as the Startup Event of the Year; and the Mawji Centre as the Top Service Provider.

Funding & Support for Entrepreneurship


Climate Emergency & CleanTech

Digital Inclusion & Education

  • SkillsTrader CEO Fadi Smaidi spoke to Canadian Occupational Safety about the post-pandemic investments that organizations are making in technology to support e-training and safety training aided by virtual reality and artificial intelligence. He cited an organization that does crane training in VR: “Instead of having an individual sitting in a crane – which is a very big piece of equipment, the training is time-consuming and there are safety considerations to worry about – now you can do (80 or 90%) of the actual training inside a headset,” he said.
  • NAIT will assist in the development of a charter school focusing on STEM in south Edmonton but has stepped away from a proposed collegiate focused on science, technology, engineering, and math that it had planned to build with Edmonton’s public and Catholic school boards.

Food Security & Agtech

Public Health

Bits & Pieces

Other Mentions

  • Innovate Edmonton has partnered with Synergy Projects Ltd. to develop and construct its new space. “They are committed to bringing the vision for Edmonton’s newest innovation destination into reality and we can’t wait to reveal some of their fantastic work.”
  • Innovate Edmonton is searching for new team members to join its ranks. The company is looking for a “passionate city builder to lead our Capital City Pilots program” and a founder liaison and technology lead.
  • Innovate Edmonton board member Nicole Janssen, who is also co-CEO of AltaML, will be a guest speaker on June 4 at the Tech Spark event in Fort McMurray. “I am a very community-oriented person. I’m born and raised in Fort McMurray, so this community is very near and dear to me,” she said. “If you talk about your passions and you talk about your interests, you might be able to spark something within a young person.”

This Blast is brought to you by Innovate Edmonton in partnership with Taproot Publishing.