Innovate Edmonton supports founders and entrepreneurs as they launch and build innovative products and companies. Through our Startup Edmonton program division, we offer four stages of programming with resources and guidance along the way.
These programs are jointly funded by Alberta Innovates, through the Edmonton Regional Innovation Network.
Stage 1
Stage 1

1 | FOUNDATIONS

You have a new business idea, a problem you’d like to solve, or maybe you own or work at an existing business that you want to innovate on. Start with mapping it out with the Lean Canvas in Business Model 101 then we’ll guide you through talking to customers so you can build them something they’ll love in the Discover and Validate Series.

Stage 2
Stage 2

2 | PREFLIGHT: BUILD, TEST & LEARN

After talking to potential customers, it’s time to start building. In this stage we’ll guide your through assembling and testing your first MVP (minimum viable product) so you can keep learning and validating the parts of your idea you mapped out in Stage 1.

Stage 3
Stage 3

3 | PREFLIGHT: MARKET, SELL & PITCH

You’ve tested your MVP and done thorough customer interviews—Nice work! Now that you know you’re building something customers love, it’s time to start crafting how you’re going to talk about your product or service. Get ready to dive into marketing, sales and the basics of investment and pitching.

Stage 4
Stage 4

4 | PROPEL

Your Alberta based business has your first happy customers, but you’re ready to get deliberate about building a strategy with a repeatable business model. Increase traction through sales systems and data-based metrics, uncover international opportunities and learn what you’ll need to be ready for investment.

Get ready for your network to grow and your company to take off as you meet 1-1 with numerous investors, mentors and experts from Edmonton and beyond that can give you the specific feedback you need.

Student Programs

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STUDENT FOUNDERS PROGRAM

Do you have an idea for a tech product & want to dedicate more time to moving it forward? Find out how you can get access to exclusive student programming over the summer months to launch your startup towards success.

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BUSINESS MODEL 101

Students can take our most foundational workshop, Business Model 101 for free! We’ll use our favourite tool, the lean canvas, to map out nine key considerations for your product or project idea. By the end of the session, you’ll have clear next steps on how to move your idea forward.

Partner Programs

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ANZA – "NEW BEGINNINGS"

The ANZA Black Entrepreneur Ecosystem program is designed to help our youths to generate and develop business ideas, put these ideas into a business plan, provide mentorship and also help them seek out and apply for loans that they can kick off their businesses with, this for us is providing them with ANZA (New Beginning).

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ELITE

Hands-on learning and work-integrated training in science, engineering, and technology fields and in entrepreneurship for young black founders.

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INNOVATION U: AN ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES

Edmonton Public Library and Innovate Edmonton have teamed up to offer a four-course innovation series to Edmontonians with big ideas! From problem solving to pitching, these courses are designed and delivered by the expert entrepreneurial educators at Innovate Edmonton. EPL's first-ever Innovator in Residence, Catherine Warren, will be available at the Stanley A. Milner Library where you can visit during her drop-in office hours and get one-on-one support with your big ideas.

Get Started

Not sure where to begin? Get started with a free, online, 30-minute meeting with a member of our Startup Edmonton team. They’ll listen to your idea and challenges, make recommendations on how you can move forward, and connect you with lots of opportunities in the community.

HOW WE SUPPORT ENTREPRENEURS

At Startup Edmonton, we're here to support you as you build your product and company. Since 2009, we have created collisions – between entrepreneurs, developers, designers, founders, investors, and mentors.

  • MENTORSHIP & PROGRAMS: Get hands-on support through workshops, programs, and mentorship.

  • COMMUNITY: Participate in more than 285+ events a year!
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FEATURED PROGRAM

Business Model 101 is the best program to start exploring your idea. This 2hr workshop is free, live online, and there’s no prerequisites!
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