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Innovator Stories

Celebrating Earth Day with local green innovation ♻

By Cory Sellar | 21 April 2022

As we celebrate Earth Day 2022, it’s important to highlight the innovators in Edmonton and across Alberta helping to build a greener tomorrow and tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges like the climate emergency. Alberta Innovates and Innovate Edmonton are celebrating a dozen companies that are looking to reimagine waste in the province and…

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Abby Aiyeleye wins Start Alberta’s Most Promising Startup Entrepreneur of the Year

By Shamelle Pless | 9 November 2021

The provincial tech database and community gathering space for our province’s companies and founders, Start Alberta, has launched the 4th annual Start Alberta Tech Awards, to recognize both individuals and organizations for their contributions to our province’s tech sector. The 2021 event features 13 award categories which will be individually announced daily starting November 8th…

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In Conversation with IGC Member, Jacquelyn Cardinal

By Shamelle Pless | 29 September 2021

This week, we spoke to Jacquelyn Cardinal, a woman of many accolades and professional titles, including technologist, entrepreneur, Innovation Growth Council (IGC) member, Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 class of 2018, Esquao Award Winner for Achievement in Business, and a recipient of a SHEInnovates Award from the UN Women’s Global Innovation Coalition for Change. As…

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Innovate Edmonton News

Edmonton Regional Innovation Network receives $4.9M to support local entrepreneurship

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 10 May 2022

With Innovate Edmonton receiving $4.1M of these funds to expand programs and services to accelerate growth of Edmonton-based companies EDMONTON, ALBERTA, May 10, 2022 – The Edmonton Regional Innovation Network (ERIN) and Innovate Edmonton have secured multi-year funding to support local innovators through programs to build companies and solutions for global demands. This injection of…

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Innovate Edmonton Secures Federal Funding for New Flagship Programs ‘Innovation Gallery’ & ‘Capital City Pilots’

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 29 April 2022

On April 29th, we participated in two federal funding announcements: We will receive $490,625 to create an Innovation Gallery in downtown Edmonton to showcase, educate and provide awareness about innovation activities in Alberta. This is part of federal funding of more than $6.7 million through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund that will enable community-led initiatives…

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Celebrating Earth Day with local green innovation ♻

By Cory Sellar | 21 April 2022

As we celebrate Earth Day 2022, it’s important to highlight the innovators in Edmonton and across Alberta helping to build a greener tomorrow and tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges like the climate emergency. Alberta Innovates and Innovate Edmonton are celebrating a dozen companies that are looking to reimagine waste in the province and…

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PM Visits Edmonton: A Global Innovation Capital

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 21 April 2022

On April 12th, we welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and MP George Chahal to Innovate Edmonton for a national announcement, promoting the federal budget in support of small businesses and innovation. Following PM Trudeau’s national announcement, our CEO Catherine Warren delivered remarks about Edmonton’s leadership as an inclusive global innovation capital.  “At its core, innovation…

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Innovate Edmonton Welcomes New Manager, Placemaking & Activation, Advancing Innovation in the Public Realm, Building Edmonton’s Identity and Pride

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 24 February 2022

Announcement Innovate Edmonton has a bold vision to position Edmonton as a global innovation capital by fostering a culture of innovation at every level in Edmonton. To support these efforts, Innovate Edmonton welcomes the new Manager, Placemaking & Activation, Jane Leadbeater. Reporting to the Director, Strategic & Operational Growth, Leadbeater is responsible for uniting Edmontonians through…

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Innovate Edmonton Introduces Edmonton’s Newest Innovation Destination

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 25 January 2022

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, January 25, 2022 – Innovate Edmonton has a bold vision to position Edmonton as a global innovation capital by supporting Edmonton-made solutions to global challenges. As part of this vision, and to accelerate homegrown innovation and attract strategic investment, Innovate Edmonton is announcing a new public space for operations, program delivery, co-working and events. Edmonton’s newest innovation destination is scheduled to open downtown in fall 2022 as the first home of Innovate Edmonton. Innovate Edmonton is leasing the street-level, loft-style space located at 10107 Jasper…

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Edmonton-based business accelerator brings 20 global start-ups to Alberta to address social challenges

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 24 January 2022

NEWS RELEASE EDMONTON, ALBERTA. January 24, 2022 – The TELUS Community Safety and Wellness Accelerator (TELUS CSW), in partnership with the Edmonton Police Foundation (EPF) and Silicon Valley accelerator AlchemistX, is proud to announce it has selected its first cohort. Starting January 25, 2022, 20 tech startups from around the world will participate in a…

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500 Global arrives in Alberta

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 17 January 2022

First cohort of entrepreneurs receive accelerator support from 500 Global NEWS RELEASE EDMONTON, ALBERTA, January 17, 2022 – One of the world’s most active venture capital firms, 500 Global, has officially arrived in Alberta. Beginning January 11th, fourteen seed-stage companies will begin their 10-week training program through the Alberta Accelerator by 500, led by a…

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Alberta Catalyzer starts 2022 with a new name and first cohort of entrepreneurs

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 11 January 2022

NEWS RELEASE January 11, 2022 – Alberta Catalyzer, the new provincial pre-accelerator for tech-focused startups, is kicking off the new year with its official name and its inaugural cohort of 35 participating entrepreneurs from across the province. A collaboration between Platform Calgary and Innovate Edmonton, Alberta Catalyzer is providing education, mentorship, programming, and resources to…

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Accelerating the development of tech startups

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 24 November 2021

NEWS RELEASE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2021 – Alberta’s drive to diversify the economy is getting a boost as four world-class business accelerators will help promising startups grow. Business and technology accelerators provide education, mentorship, a network of large corporations and access to capital to help startups bring their products to market faster. “Business and technology…

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Scaleup Edmonton News

In The News

Accelerating Alberta’s tech sector

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 9 November 2021

NEWS RELEASE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2021 – Alberta’s government applauds a new business accelerator as part of a program that aims to create 20,000 jobs and $5 billion in technology firm revenue by 2030. Plug and Play will connect Alberta’s best startup businesses with international corporations to help bring their technology to market faster. “Plug and Play…

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Hack to the future: Building a culture of innovation

By Cory Sellar | 29 October 2021

PARTNER NEWS RELEASE | October 29, 2021 Alberta’s government is continuing to attract and promote tech talent in our province by partnering with Platform Calgary to host a hackathon. Over the past two years, Alberta has seen record investment in its tech sector and a doubling of startups over 2019. Technology and innovation play a…

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Alberta tech startups will plug into global innovation system through new business accelerator

By Cory Sellar | 23 September 2021

NEWS RELEASE EDMONTON, ALBERTA – September 23, 2021 – Alberta tech entrepreneurs and startups will soon have access to an accelerator with worldwide reach that will help them grow their businesses. Alberta Innovates chose Plug and Play Alberta as one of four proposals to receive funding under an unprecedented entrepreneurial initiative for Alberta – the…

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Unique business accelerator to grow tech-based ventures that improve community safety and wellness

By Cory Sellar | 23 September 2021

NEWS RELEASE EDMONTON, ALBERTA – September 23, 2021 – A first-of-its kind global business accelerator will be based in Edmonton to help grow tech companies and provide artificial intelligence solutions that address community and social challenges.     Alberta Innovates chose the Community Safety & Wellness (CSW) Accelerator powered by Alchemist as one of four proposals…

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500 Global establishes presence in Alberta to strengthen the Alberta Innovation Corridor

By Cory Sellar | 23 September 2021

NEWS RELEASE The firm will set up the Alberta Accelerator by 500 to foster high-potential technology companies EDMONTON, ALBERTA – September 23, 2021 – 500 Global (formerly 500 Startups), one of the world’s most active venture capital firms, is launching a one-of-a-kind accelerator to nurture seed-stage tech companies in Alberta, Canada. The goal is to…

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Global business accelerators to power growth, opportunities in Alberta tech startup sector

By Cory Sellar | 23 September 2021

NEWS RELEASE EDMONTON, ALBERTA – September 23, 2021 – Business accelerators with global reach are setting up shop in Alberta to power new growth and opportunities in the province’s burgeoning tech startup sector. The accelerators are experienced in vaulting promising startups through scaleup and growth by providing intensive mentoring, networking, access to capital and other…

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Startup Genome and City of Edmonton Publish 2021 Global Startup Ecosystem Report

By Cory Sellar | 22 September 2021

Edmonton is featured in the world’s preeminent report on advancing startup ecosystems – Ranking as a #3 North American Ecosystem in Affordable Talent SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — September 22, 2021 — The 2021 Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) by Startup Genome and the Global Entrepreneurship Network was launched today at London Tech Week. The GSER is…

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New regional economic development agency will help bolster local tech ecosystem: Innovate Edmonton CEO

By Cory Sellar | 31 August 2021

On August 5, the federal government announced Prairies Economic Development Canada, one of two new regional development agencies for the Prairie provinces that replaced the Western Economic Diversification Canada agency. Innovate Edmonton CEO Catherine Warren told Taproot Edmonton she welcomed the news, saying that PrairiesCan will help bolster the city’s tech ecosystem. “It will also support…

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Canna Stream Solutions receives business development support

By Cory Sellar | 30 August 2021

A new company has been accepted into one of our programs to receive business development support. Gaia Grow Corp’s Edmonton-based subsidiary, Canna Stream Solutions Ltd. (CSS) has been entered into the Edmonton Regional Innovation Network (ERIN) Post-Secondary Institution (PSI) Business Development Support (BDS) program. Delivered by Innovate Edmonton, the program is only for founders who…

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Edmonton now ranks among top North American cities, 53% growth in tech talent

By Erin Gobolos | 15 July 2021

Edmonton moves up into #38 on the Tech Talent Top Markets in CBRE’s 2021 recent report and tops all tech talent markets with the highest growth. Read the full report here!

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Startup Edmonton News

Edmonton Startup Week Launch Party Returns for 12th Year, Positioning Ten Edmonton Startup Companies for Success

By Erin Gobolos | 15 October 2021

NEWS RELEASE EDMONTON, ALBERTA | October 15, 2021 – The twelfth annual Launch Party, produced by Innovate Edmonton and its program division Startup Edmonton, is the flagship event during Edmonton Startup Week, celebrating and showcasing Edmonton’s hottest startups. Since 2010, more than 100 companies have launched products and solutions at the event, including rapidly-growing companies like Jobber and Showbie. This year’s event is no exception. With 10 companies chosen to participate after a competitive…

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Everything you need to know about Edmonton Startup Week 2021

By Cory Sellar | 11 October 2021

Edmonton Startup Week 2021 will take place from October 18-22 with over 50 virtual events from members of the amazing local innovation community, including the Innovate Edmonton and Startup Edmonton teams. The twelfth annual Launch Party, produced by Innovate Edmonton and its program division Startup Edmonton will be showcasing 10 of Edmonton’s hottest new companies…

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Startup Edmonton welcomes the fourth Propel cohort

By Cory Sellar | 13 September 2021

Propel is Startup Edmonton’s 12-week pre-accelerator program, powered by a grant from Alberta Innovates, designed to support tech entrepreneurs as they solidify their business foundations and prepare to apply for accelerators, secure investment, and increase revenue. The Startup team is happy to announce that the fourth cohort for Propel is TalkMaze [Re]Waste Arbington Public Food Hub…

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Innovate Edmonton Welcomes Division Heads to Support Early and Mid-Stage Edmonton Innovators

By Erin Gobolos | 10 September 2021

ANNOUNCEMENT, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 – Edmonton’s early and mid-stage innovators can expect elevated support from Innovate Edmonton with the launch of two new divisions, Scaleup Edmonton and Accelerate Edmonton, expanding on our well-established Startup Edmonton group. Head of Scaleup Edmonton Chloe Chalmers, Head of Accelerate Edmonton Dawn Newton, and Head of Startup Edmonton Christian Tokarski have joined Innovate Edmonton as program division leads. Together, they will steward current programs and develop future strategies to support innovation-intensive entrepreneurship at every stage of growth.  “Innovate…

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Canna Stream Solutions receives business development support

By Cory Sellar | 30 August 2021

A new company has been accepted into one of our programs to receive business development support. Gaia Grow Corp’s Edmonton-based subsidiary, Canna Stream Solutions Ltd. (CSS) has been entered into the Edmonton Regional Innovation Network (ERIN) Post-Secondary Institution (PSI) Business Development Support (BDS) program. Delivered by Innovate Edmonton, the program is only for founders who…

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Accelerate Edmonton News

Innovation Blast

Innovation Blast: Thursday, May 19, 2022

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 19 May 2022

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! NeurAlbertaTech hackathon aims to inspire beginners this summer Registration is now open for natHACKS, Alberta’s annual brain-computer interface hackathon put on by NeurAlbertaTech to inspire…

Innovation Blast: Thursday, May 12, 2022

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 12 May 2022

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! Edmonton Regional Innovation Network secures $4.9M in funding The Edmonton Regional Innovation Network (ERIN) has secured $4.9 million over three years from Alberta Innovates to help ensure that Edmonton-based founders have…

Innovation Blast: Thursday, May 5, 2022

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 5 May 2022

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! Innovate Edmonton Secures Federal Funding for ‘Innovation Gallery’ & ‘Capital City Pilots’ On April 29th, Innovate Edmonton participated in two federal funding annoucements. Prairies Economic Development Canada…

Innovation Blast: Thursday, Apr 28, 2022

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 28 April 2022

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! Edmonton International Airport goes all-in on hydrogen The Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has announced several agreements and initiatives that position it as “a significant driver of demand for hydrogen…

Innovation Blast: Thursday, Apr 21, 2022

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 21 April 2022

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! 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…

Innovation Blast: Thursday, Apr 14, 2022

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 14 April 2022

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! Hydrogen key to fuelling the future, PM says on Edmonton stop Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is bullish on the role of hydrogen in Canada’s transition…

Innovation Blast: Friday, Apr 8, 2022

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 8 April 2022

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! Setback on hiking trail leads to innovative food business Lisa Bélanger found herself in need of innovation partway through her attempt at hiking the Pacific…

Innovation Blast: Thursday, Mar 31, 2022

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 31 March 2022

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! I Heart AB Tech campaign warmly received amidst calls for unified innovation narrative Nicole and Cory Janssen, Co-Founders of AltaML, have started the I Heart AB Tech campaign…

Innovation Blast: Thursday, Mar 24, 2022

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 24 March 2022

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! Cohort 1 of the Alberta Accelerator by 500 Global will graduate this month The first batch of companies in Alberta Accelerator by 500 Global, which has been…

Innovation Blast: Thursday, Mar 17, 2022

By Innovate Edmonton Team | 17 March 2022

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! 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.…

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