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Platform Calgary reaches major milestones with the Platform Innovation Centre

Published: Thursday, December 9th, 2021

   

Some of our partners in residence - from left to right; Carey Houston, 321 Growth Academy, Tamara Woolgar and Jim Gibson, SADT, Margo Purcell, InceptionU.

Some of our partners in residence - from left to right; Carey Houston, 321 Growth Academy; Tamara Woolgar, A100; Jim Gibson, SAIT SADT; Margo Purcell, InceptionU.

Jen Lussier, Director of Growth, Platform Calgary

Jen Lussier, Director of Growth, Platform Calgary

 

Platform Calgary hosted a milestone celebration together with donors, partners and founders to celebrate reaching a foundational capital fundraising goal, and to announce a major corporate partnership.

Prominent members of Calgary’s tech sector and investment community have come together to donate $5 million in foundational capital towards a goal of $7 million. The reinvestment in Calgary’s economy through Platform sets the stage for supporting innovators looking to start, scale and create jobs of the future in Calgary. Thanks to this group of city builders, the Platform Innovation Centre will be ready to open its doors to the next generation of tech entrepreneurs in early 2022.

“We are deeply grateful for the generous support and community commitment from our donors, partners, and founders as we complete Calgary’s Platform Innovation Centre,” says Dr. Terry Rock, President and CEO of Platform Calgary. “This is an important milestone for us on the road to the Platform Innovation Centre becoming Calgary’s home for innovators. Together, we are well on our way to meeting our goal of creating 30,000 new tech jobs in Calgary at 3,000 companies for 2031.” 

Platform is also pleased to announce that the Calgary KPMG office, a resident Pillar Team member, is making a long-term commitment to the city’s tech sector as the sponsor of the KPMG Pitch Stage. The KPMG Pitch Stage will provide entrepreneurs and businesses with a fully immersed digital first-hand experience where they will be able to broadcast to audiences across the globe. In the new year, KPMG will launch the Ignition Centre, an environment dedicated to thinking and working differently, within the Platform Innovation Centre. 

“The KPMG Pitch Stage is an exciting venue that will be the literal platform for Calgary startup founders. We are proud to be part of it and support the growth of the tech industry in Calgary and do our part to help businesses, from startups to large corporates, innovate, disrupt, and grow.” says Murray Suey, Regional Managing Partner at KPMG in Calgary.

For more information on Platform Calgary’s ongoing fundraising and where donors can learn more, visit our Ways to Support page.

Murray Suey, Regional Managing Partner, KPMG
Murray Suey, Regional Managing Partner, KPMG

 

Brad Zumwalt, Serial Founder, Investor, Community Builder and Co-Founder of Zinc Ventures
Brad Zumwalt, Serial Founder, Investor, Community Builder and Co-Founder of Zinc Ventures

  

   

 

 

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