Driven by a passion to build our innovation ecosystem, 11 organizations are joining our growing list of 28 community partners in the Platform Innovation Centre. Opening in Fall 2021, the Platform Innovation Centre will be a home for Calgary’s tech startup community with programming and support for every entrepreneur walking through its doors. With the collaboration of a broad community of partners, this one-stop innovation hub will provide the tools and resources startups need to succeed no matter where they are in their business lifecycle.
“Every new Platform Calgary partner is a critical piece of our growing innovation ecosystem,” says Dr. Terry Rock, President and CEO of Platform Calgary. “Every single one of our 28 Program Partners and Members is invaluable and motivated to collaborate to make Calgary a global hub for startups and innovation. We are another step closer to tripling Calgary’s tech startup sector over the next ten years, all while creating thousands of jobs and building shared prosperity for Calgarians.”
The third group of Program Partners include:
- The Accelerator: A Canadian seed accelerator, The Accelerator gives entrepreneurs superpowers through community, curriculum, services, seed money, mentors and connections.
- Alberta Enterprise Corporation (AEC): Alberta Enterprise Corporation (Alberta Enterprise) connects Alberta inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs to money, markets and mentors – by fostering a thriving venture capital (VC) industry in our province. Alberta Enterprise manages a fund which, via our venture capital partners, invests into technology and innovation companies. Alberta Enterprise currently has 16 VC funds and three angel co-investment funds in its portfolio. These funds and their partners have invested more than $600 million into Alberta tech companies
- Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses. AWE provides unique programs and services to women at all stages of business through advising, financing, mentoring, and network development.
- CivicTechYYC: A community group that is part of a global movement to leverage technology for public good. Members come together to launch projects that use technology, data and design to address challenges that citizens and governments are facing and to pursue opportunities for greater citizen engagement and more effective services.
- Fuse33: A community makerspace where individuals have access to tools and spaces that foster creativity and innovation. The space includes a metalshop, sewing lab, woodshop, CNC's, 3D printers, lasers and more.
- Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre: Foresight is Western Canada’s Cleantech Innovation Centre which supports the identification and validation of cleantech opportunities and the successful commercialization of solutions. Find out more at www.foresightcac.com and follow on Twitter & LinkedIn @ForesightCAC.
- InterGen: A private ScaleUp fund and talent matching program with the goal of re-designing, re-energizing and re-inventing the Calgary economy.
- MindFuel: A pioneer in online education bringing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to life through interactive tools that encourage deep engagement in STEM learning, design thinking, entrepreneurialism, innovation, and real world problem solving, with an emphasis on engaging underrepresented youth.
- Thin Air Labs: An innovation and investment firm that’s building future-fit ventures that produce meaningful impact for people and the planet.
- Valhalla Private Capital: A full-service finance firm whose mission is to invite all people who care about their local business climate into the private capital ecosystem, giving them the tools and opportunities to participate in both investing or building great companies.
- YYC Data Society: A community of like-minded groups who are invested in data science in Calgary and aim to empower local data communities through centralized communication, funding and joint events.
“The economics for cleantech in Canada are strong, and the sector is growing fast - globally, cleantech is estimated to surpass $2.5 trillion by 2022. There are massive opportunities arising in new markets such as renewable energy, bioproducts and carbon capture and connecting the core economic strengths in Calgary into a collaborative cleantech ecosystem for Western Canada brings an exciting economic vitality to the whole region.” - Jeanette Jackson, CEO, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre
"As longtime supporters of Calgary's startup ecosystem we are excited to be a partner of the Platform Calgary Innovation Centre. Having access to a variety of development programs helps business founders become well-rounded entrepreneurs and build strong companies, which is why the Platform Innovation Centre is so important for Calgary. We’re a city bursting with entrepreneurial spirit and initiatives like this enable that to thrive.” - Randy Stewart Thompson, Chairman & CEO, Valhalla Private Capital
“Thin Air Labs and Platform have a long and collaborative history together. Our teams work closely within the community to help grow new emerging ventures and game changing entrepreneurs. We are looking forward to the Platform Innovation centre as a place where our community can actively collide with these exciting ventures and amazing entrepreneurs.” - Jim Gibson, Community Partner, Thin Air LabsBack