On December 1st, 2021, we celebrate one year of Innovate Edmonton and the successes of Edmonton's innovation community.
It starts with one.
It starts with Edmonton.
It starts with you.
One great idea.
One powerful connection.
One global innovation capital.
One Global Innovation Capital
We’re putting Edmonton on the map with innovators tackling the world’s thorniest problems. Watch this space — great things are happening, and they’re happening fast.
Fastest Growing tech
ecosystem in North America
STARTUPS AND SCALEUPS
Source: Start Alberta
OF COMPANIES WITHIN STARTUP EDMONTON PROGRAMS* ARE FOCUSED ON SOLUTIONS FOR GLOBAL CHALLENGES
*Beyond Business 101
Source: Startup Genome
Our Plans and Progress
Together, we have lofty goals and we’re working hard to meet them. Through our four pillars —positioning, partnerships, programming, and placemaking — we're supporting home-grown innovation as a gateway to solving the world's most pressing problems.
CITY GOAL TO CREATE
NEW JOBS BY
Acquired in June
Startup Edmonton is our multi-step programming that guides founders from the beginning of an idea to reaching the first stages of growth.
Launched in September
Designed for existing startups, Scaleup Edmonton helps companies scale their business after validating their product-market fit.
Launched in September
With support from three levels of government, Innovate Edmonton has partnered with Alberta Innovates, Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) and Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund to fund and attract three world-class accelerators: Plug and Play Alberta, Alberta Accelerator by 500, and Community Safety & Wellness (CSW) Accelerator powered by Alchemist.
Innovate Edmonton is also funding and launching Alberta’s pre-accelerator in partnership with creating a new suite of programs for early-stage founders. ,
Supporting Local Innovators
Our three world-class program divisions and 24/7 co-working space steward entrepreneurs along every stage of growth. Together, we're all part of the special sauce that brings Edmonton’s ideas to the world.
14,000 sq ft of community, coworking space
500+ companies/individuals served in Discover & Validate, Preflight: Build, Test, Learn, Preflight: Market, Sell, Pitch and Propel
701 individuals in Business Model 101
360+ client meetings
ERIN* Coach: 42 companies, 118 coaches, over 600 coaching hours
ERIN* Post-Secondary Institution Program: 12 business development support projects, 6 mentors, 12 companies (75-150hrs/company)
*Edmonton Regional Innovation Network (ERIN)Learn more about Scaleup Edmonton
Partnered with Alberta Innovates, Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) and Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund to fund and attract three global accelerators to Alberta
Alberta Accelerator by 500 Global
Community Wellness & Safety Accelerator powered by Alchemist
Plug and Play Alberta
Innovation's Big Tent
Come one, come all. We make room for everyone Because we all have the potential to innovate. It’s really that simple.
Value equity, diversity, and inclusion
Support investors and companies on the path to Environmental Social Governance (ESG)
Committed to 6 internal initiatives in the spirit of Reconciliation
14 Innovation Growth Council members representing diverse local innovators
120+ local innovations supported
Partner for ELITE (Program for Black Youth), in collaboration with the University of Alberta and Dr. Andre McDonald, Faculty of Business.
Partner with ANZA "New Beginnings" - a program designed to foster entrepreneurship amongst at-risk youth in Alberta, in collaboration with the African Canadian Civic Engagement Council (ACCE), supported by Business Link and the Edmonton Police Service.
Sponsorships to amplify local innovators and supports – Startup TNT, Amii’s Ai4Good, Start Alberta’s Most Promising Startup Entrepreneur of the Year, Inventures, 2021 Ember Awards Indigenous Innovator of the Year.
Partnered with Calgary Economic Development, Platform Calgary, Edmonton Global, Health City, Edmonton Screen Industries Office to join in the launch of the Start Alberta portal.
Nov 1-4, 2021 in Lisbon
Attended by 42,000+ people
700 speakers, including Innovate’s own CEO, Catherine Warren
Joint international mission with Innovate Edmonton and Edmonton Global
Photo Credit: @websummit
Nov 7-10, 2021 in Grenoble
International Summit for regional innovation ecosystems to support resilient societies.
Catherine Warren (CEO) and Brent Jensen from Edmonton Global took the stage on the topic of Speeding Up Innovation in the Edmonton region. Panel also featured delegates from Germany, Belgium, Japan and France.
Our money works hard. Backed by public and private partners, we judiciously apply our funding to help innovators get greater returns.
CITY OF EDMONTON CORE FUNDING
NEW MUNICIPAL FUNDING FOR ACCELERATORS WITH EDMONTON FOOTPRINT
NEW PROGRAM FUNDING
From the Edmonton Regional Innovation Network (ERIN) and Alberta Innovates (AI)
Keenan Pascal (he/him),
Founder & CEO, Token Naturals
Connie Stacey (she/her),
Founder & President, Growing Greener Innovations, Inc.
Abby Aiyeleye (she/her),
Co-Founder, Clavis Studio
Collaboration is part of the equation to ensure that Edmonton is positioned as a global innovation capital. Support from these partnerships helps position Alberta's capital region as a dynamic and competitive place for innovation growth.
Here are our funding partners:
Here are a few of our community partners: