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The Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream kicks off with 12 founders

Published: Thursday, July 8th, 2021

Platform Calgary is thrilled to be kicking off the first week of the Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream (FGSVS). The FGSVS is a program that nominates graduates from outside Canada for permanent residence once they’ve launched their startup or innovative business in Alberta. 

This cohort is made up of three foreign graduate founders from Nigeria and Peru, with the remaining participants coming from SPARK, based within W21C Research & Innovation Centre at the University of Calgary. SPARK aims to support digital health innovators bridge the gap between research and practical patient use. Participants from SPARK will be turning their research projects into startups. 

Over the course of the program, participants will gain an understanding of startup fundamentals such as: customer discovery, sales, financial forecasting, and market validation — all while receiving guidance from a set of dedicated community advisors. By developing business plans, pitches, and preparing for investment, the founders will leave the program confident in their entrepreneurial skills. 

After completing the program, the three foreign graduate founders will receive a letter of support from Platform Calgary, and will be nominated as part of the Alberta International Nominee Program. This means they’ll be given a work permit and permanent residency, allowing them to get their business started in Alberta. 

This cohort of founders includes:

Foreign graduates


  • Anita Garland & Dominic Igbelina from CorrelateAI 
  • Craig Doram & Leonardo Pinheiro de Queiroz from MOUNT
  • Anna Bradford from EcZema Baby 
  • Catherine Swytink-Binnema from APPetite for Mental Health
  • Ty McKinney & Araz Minhas from 8 Bit Cortex
  • David Rosenegger from SenseSi

This program is a collaboration between Platform Calgary and the Government of Alberta’s Alberta Immigration Nominee Program


Learn more about the Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream (FGSVS) >