Global opportunities in Calgary
Calgary is taking bold new steps to reshape our economy through innovation, generating the next wave of growth in our city.
- Located at the foot of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary is ranked the best city to live in North America and 4th most liveable city in the world (2018)
- Calgary surpassed Vancouver and Toronto with perfect scores in stability, health care, education, infrastructure
- Calgary has the highest concentration of millionaires in Canada per capita, and half of Canada’s millionaires are immigrants or their children
- A 55% increase in private tech companies in the last four years
- 3 out of 4 tech companies in Calgary are a startup
- Technology job growth is outpacing all sectors by 4:1
- Ranked a top tech talent market in Canada, with 27% of graduates from STEM programs
- Low cost of doing business – 4th lowest total effective tax rate among 111 global cities including Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco, Seattle
- Connected to the world, 16.3 M passengers on flights to Asia, Europe, and the Americas
- Young population with a 36.8 as median age
As champions of the innovation ecosystem, CTI is working to establish Calgary as a global hub. Global opportunities in Calgary:
Junction 31 is CTI's global program for pre-seed startups. Build a strong foundation, learn what it takes to make it, and gain an unfair advantage when approaching investors, partners and customers. Gain market traction, connect with relevant industries and become investor ready with CTI. This cohort-based pre-seed program is for early stage (pre or early revenue) startups looking to gain traction quickly.
If you’re an innovation-driven business, have the ability to create jobs, and can compete on a global stage, this is your opportunity to bring your business to Canada.
Canada's Startup Visa (SUV) program is intended to attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish new, high-growth businesses in Canada that support innovation and job creation. To be eligible for the Startup Visa under this stream, entrepreneurs must be accepted into a program offered by a designated Canadian business incubator.
Calgary Technologies Inc. (CTI) is one of the business incubation programs designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
TELUS TECHNOLOGY ACCELERATOR & INCUBATOR PROGRAMS
CTI and TELUS have partnered to support Canadian technology startups at all stages of growth.
At the early stage, the TELUS Technology Incubator (TTI) helps pre-revenue Internet of Things (IoT) startups in Alberta and British Columbia develop a robust go to market strategy, leading to a potential pilot or first customer.
For growth stage startups, the TELUS Technology Accelerator (TTA) offers a combination of advisory services that strengthen all aspects of their business, leading to increased growth, higher visibility with potential customers and investors, and potential enterprise opportunities with TELUS.
A growing innovation ecosystem and connections to accelerators, innovation labs, venture capital, government, universities and colleges, industry and tech enterprises.
Alberta’s community of seasoned technology founders & executives.
Inspiring the next generation of innovation by celebrating outstanding achievement in Alberta’s science and technology sector.
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development.
Helping people reach their goals for a better education and career since 1965.
The voice of business in Calgary for 127 years, Calgary Chamber is building a business community that nourishes, powers and inspires the world.
Calgary Economic Development works with business, government and community partners to position Calgary as the location of choice for the purpose of attracting business investment, fostering trade and growing Calgary’s workforce.
Accelerating the impact of innovation-driven ventures by providing access to space, programs, mentorship and capital. From first-time entrepreneurs to established enterprises, CTI advisors, coaches and partners are there to help at each stage of your business.
CDL-Rockies brings together many of the region’s most experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists from diverse fields including energy, healthcare, software and hardware, industrials and clean technology. CDL startups work with mentors to sharpen objectives, prioritize time and resources, raise capital, and engage with experts working on the frontiers of research.
A Calgary-based non-profit building a welcoming, supportive community for women at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship.
A Canadian business accelerator & incubator for packaged goods entrepreneurs.
Calgary's largest and best-equipped Makerspace and community shop.
The innovation transfer & business incubator centre for the University of Calgary.
MakeFashion explores the potential of merging fashion with cutting-edge electronics. MakeFashion is an initiative that introduces designers, engineers, and makers to cutting edge new technologies: fusing high-tech and high-fashion on the runway.
Committed to providing intellectually engaged learning opportunities in classes led by passionate professors. Mount Royal University meets the needs of students from Calgary and around the world in a safe, inclusive environment.
Rainforest Alberta is leading a discussion of how we can grow Alberta's future in the 21st economy. It is an informal organization of people working together to improve Alberta’s innovation ecosystem.
One of Canada’s most exciting destinations for post-secondary education, offering more than 100 career programs and over 1,400 part-time courses that position people for success in technology, trades and business. A leader in innovation, SAIT also collaborates with industry on applied research and delivers corporate training worldwide.
A CrowdFinance platform where ordinary investors can invest in privately held small to emerging companies.
Startup Calgary helps ideas become reality and creates exciting opportunities for entrepreneurs and startups to connect and collide.
A government-funded non-profit organization that assists startups, and small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to develop and commercialize technology faster than they could on their own.
UCalgary offers students a high-quality educational experience that prepares them for success in life, as well as research that addresses society’s most persistent challenges.
A global network of accelerator programs transforming innovative ideas and products into world-class companies. A partnership with GE Canada, Zone Startups Calgary is an accelerator aiming to drive the growth of startups.