Alberta’s pre-accelerator is a merit-based program series supporting founders and their start-ups anywhere in Alberta.

Our inaugural cohort has kicked off with a group of 35 entrepreneurs representing food and beverage, solar energy, fintech, AI and more. Meet the founders.



Alberta Catalyzer delivers business supports and advice to qualified founders, entrepreneurs and startups in the early stages of development, preparing them to advance to the scale-up and acceleration stages. Alberta Catalyzer values equity, diversity and inclusion. The program features coaches and mentors that reflect the diversity of Alberta’s population and will ensure advocacy and support for previously underserved tech-founder communities.

Designed for innovation-driven startups to jump into the next stage of building, refining, and establishing prototypes or MVP (minimum viable product) and testing solutions.

This program is for you if…

  • Your product/business model is tech-enabled, meaning through technology it’s highly scalable and can grow beyond your own personal expertise, availability and geographic location.
  • You’ve started your customer discovery process, be it through interviews, surveys or other tools.
  • You can demonstrate value and desirability of the solution from customer discovery data.
  • You are committed to learn, be coached, and share your progress with peers.
  • You want to do business in Alberta and scale your startup.

You will learn how to…

  • Develop a solution based on customer input
  • Identify high potential customer segments
  • Create an initial MVP to test the market
  • Validate your business model assumptions: customer segment, value proposition, channels, customer relationships, revenue streams, etc.
  • Identify impact metrics to track your progress
  • Hit the ground running or pivot your idea into something greater


The first cohort runs from January 10 - February 11, 2022, Wednesdays 6-8 pm (online sessions). Meet the founders!


The fine print.

There's no cost to participate.

Our approach


Solution prototyping, ideal customer profiling, MVP creation and validating business models.


Pitch development to get to first sale, and forming teams to execute.


Establishing testing methodology for product-market fit, polishing the pitch, investment readiness basics, developing intellectual property strategy and qualifying for scale-up accelerators.


Embedded below, is a conversation hosted by Doug Holt from Alberta Innovates about the Alberta Pre-Accelerator with Innovate Edmonton CEO Catherine Warren, and Platform Calgary President and CEO Terry Rock.