Alberta Catalyzer

Alberta Catalyzer

A pre-accelerator that provides support, resources, and coaching to launch and grow tech-enabled startups.

  • 4 to 8 weeks
  • No cost
  • Virtual & In-person

More about Alberta Catalyzer

Launch and grow your tech-enabled startup.

Alberta Catalyzer is a merit-based pre-accelerator that offers company support, resources, and coaching to entrepreneurs aiming to launch and grow their tech-enabled companies, preparing them for advancement to the scale-up and acceleration stages.

Apply to join the next cohort in one of three programs: Engage, Traction, and Velocity
Note: Companies must be registered in Alberta to be eligible. Completion of previous Platform Calgary or Alberta Catalyzer programming is not required. Cohorts for each program continue year round.


Engage is for you if you

  • Have an early-stage plan for a minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Have done customer discovery interviews with tracked learnings
  • Can demonstrate customer desirability

What you’ll do in Engage

  • Ideal customer discovery
  • Solution prototyping
  • Minimum viable product (MVP) creation
  • Testing and validating business models


Traction is for you if you

  • Have created the first version of your tech-enabled company – minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Are ready and actively pursuing your first sales/customer commitment

What You’ll do In Traction

  • Clearly identify first customers
  • Develop a sales call and script templates to achieve early sales
  • Build marketing and content strategies


Velocity is for you if

  • You have recurring revenue
  • Preparing to scale and generate exponential growth in operations

What You’ll do In Velocity

  • Establish a go-to-market strategy
  • Understand investment readiness basics
  • Enhance sales efforts and strategies
  • Refine operations and team management
  • Establish testing methodology toward product market fit
  • Have a polished investment and community pitch
  • Understand the different sources of funding and receive feedback from investors
  • Prepare for Scaleup GAP accelerators

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A pre-accelerator that provides support, resources, and coaching to launch and grow tech-enabled startups.

How We Help


Access diverse perspectives and advice from professional service firms, investors, and business mentors with deep experience in areas like investment readiness, growth strategy, board recruitment, Tax Planning, and SR&D.


1:1 Time with dedicated experts. Fast-track your business by gaining insights from experienced entrepreneurs who’ve been there, done that.


Access a supportive network and never feel alone on your entrepreneurial journey. Connect with potential collaborators and forge strategic partnerships.

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To Learn More About Alberta Catalyzer 

Alberta Catalyzer is a part of the Alberta Scaleup and Growth Accelerator Program (Scaleup GAP), led by Alberta Innovates. The consortium, which also includes Technology and Innovation, Edmonton Unlimited, the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund and Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan), allocated $35 million over three years to retain business accelerators. It’s part of an overall government goal to help create 20,000 jobs and increase technology firm revenue to $5 billion by 2030. 

Alberta Catalyzer is open to ALL entrepreneurs launching and growing a tech-enabled company in Alberta – which includes the development of a new solution, product or process that has the potential to improve or advance the industry with commercial viability.

Explore the ins and outs of our programs and dive into the inspiring success stories of our program graduates at


"The biggest word to come out of the program for us was validation.”

Chris Avery, COO of AITHR Automotive Intelligence

“Alberta Catalyze has really helped us realign and re envision our next steps and what we need to do right now to take our business to the next level.”

Kate Popiel, CEO & Co-Founder of What’s The Deal

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A pre-accelerator that provides support, resources, and coaching to launch and grow tech-enabled startups.

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