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Best practice programs to support early-phase startups from idea to revenue.

  • Programs / Workshops
    • 321 Sales Academy

      321 Sales Academy

      Supercharge your sales with 321 Sales Academy. Using a lean approach, this series will help you align your entire organization - including sales, marketing and product - to drive more revenue, faster.

      Register now for spring 2018

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    • Startup Primer

      Startup Primer

      Don't know where to start with your business idea? This workshop will prime you with the basics to help you move in the right direction. By the end of this workshop, you will walk away with a first draft of your business model, with input from an experienced startup advisor, which you can use to launch your venture. 

      Takes place monthly 

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    • Discover


      Understanding customer behaviour is essential to your startup success. This applied program teaches how to engage customers and discover their motivations, preferences and needs. 

      Register now for winter/spring 2018 

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    • Validate


      This applied program will guide founders through the validation of a product and business model. By the end, you will have sufficient knowledge to decide whether the venture is viable, and if so, feel confident to begin sales and running a business. 

      Registration for winter 2018 coming soon

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    • Go-To-Market


      Maximize successful execution in market entry, product launch and revenue growth by addressing marketplace challenges and focusing on strategy and implementation.

      Register now for the 2018 program

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    Programs / Workshops

  • Accelerator Programs
    • Kinetica Ventures

      Kinetica Ventures

      Kinetica bridges the gap between the energy industry and energy technology developers/companies. We help to validate and curate energy startups making it easier for industry adoption or acquisition.

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    • TELUS Accelerator Program

      TELUS Accelerator Program

      Applications are now closed  

      A six-month program designed to accelerate your company's business model, technology and operational backbone. Its goal is to support the development of growth-stage companies with technologies that TELUS could potentially use, integrate or commercialize in the following areas: industrial internet of things, big data, digital health & wellness, seamless communication & entertainment experiences, last 100 metres, smart fleet & transportation, and smart cities. 

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    • RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator Program

      RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator Program

      Applications are closed

      The RBC SEA #2 is a six-month program designed to accelerate startups whose mission is to create social impact while ensuring that profitability is core to their business model. This is a competitive program open to six startups, specifically those with a focus on health and nutrition, persons with disabilities, youth, education, new arrivals, the environment and affordable housing.

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    Accelerator Programs

  • Services
    • CEO Roundtable

      CEO Roundtable

      A monthly peer advisory forum for CEOs, board members and founders of technology companies to openly discuss their challenges in a confidential, safe environment. The goal of the roundtables are to provide "just-in-time" advice on current issues, enhance accountability and accelerate actions/decisions. 

      "This roundtable has transformed our company, period. There are not enough good things I can say about this group. Even banks recognize its significance toward the foundation for a strong company." - Jeremy Bridge

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    • Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA)

      Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA)

      The Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA) is a volunteer organization that provides objective, conflict-free guidance to entrepreneurs in southern Alberta. Each entrepreneur is matched with a team of mentors, which gives a more in-depth experience than traditional one-on-one relationships.

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    • Startup Visa

      Startup Visa

      Canada's Startup Visa (SUV) Program is intended to attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish new, high-growth businesses in Canada that will support innovation and job creation. 

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    • Funding Support

      Funding Support

      Prepare your approach to venture financing through performing a "12 Point Business Assessment".

      Having a plan to fund your business from many sources, which may include equity investors, is just as important as your business plan.

    • Intellectual Property

      Intellectual Property

      Questions about intellectual property? Want to learn more? Connect with our partners at Innovate Calgary. 

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Entrepreneur Essentials

Your resource for the startup development journey.

Adapted from the Startup Commons Startup Development Phases under the Creative Commons License



  • Explore the startup community
  • Gain entrepreneurial knowledge
  • Identify the problem you are trying to solve
  • Seek a co-founder or partner


How to build a startup | Startup Playbook


Startup Primer | New Tech Meetup

Community Support

AlbertaIN  |  Startup Calgary



  • Identify your value proposition
  • Interview potential customers and people in the industry
  • Develop your initial business model


Customer Development Process  |  Value Proprosition Canvas
Business Model Canvas | Who do you Interview?
How To Do Early-Stage Customer Development


Startup Primer |  Discover  |  Patent Search Assessment
The Inc.  |  New Tech Meetup

Community Support

AlbertaIN | Startup Calgary



  • Agree on a vision for your venture
  • Form a balanced founding team
  • Develop an intellectual property strategy
  • Define milestones and runway (time)
  • Incorporate your business
  • Source seed funding


How to Determine your Startup's Vision  |  12 Key Questions
Team Formation Framework/Assessment  |  Financing Options
Google Patents


Patent Search Assessment
BLG Law Clinic  |  The Inc.
New Tech Meetup  |  University of Calgary Express Assignment

Community Support




  • Determine minimum product features
  • Create a minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Iterate your product based on customer feedback
  • Define and measure appropriate metrics
  • Obtain your first sale


Build the Simplest MVP Possible  |  Getting the MVP Right
Pirate Metrics for Software Startups | Futurpreneur Playbook for Wining at Sales


Validate  |  The Inc.
New Tech Meetup  | Kinetica Innovation Centre at SAIT (KICS)

Community Support

AlbertaIN  |  NRC-Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) 
Alberta Innovates Voucher Programs  |  Microsoft BizSpark 
Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing (Red Deer College)  |  Cloud Technology: DAIR



  • Develop and execute marketing plan
  • Establish supply chain
  • Hire key staff
  • Expand sales to new markets
  • Develop a pitch deck
  • Aquire growth funding


12 Key Questions


Go-To-Market  |  Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA)
CEO Roundtable  |  Pitch Development and Coaching
Investment Referral  |  The Inc.  | New Tech Meetup


AlbertaIN  |  NRC-Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
Alberta Innovates Voucher Programs  |  Trade Commissioner Service - Export
Grant Thornton (SRED Claims)  |  Collins Barrow  |  Robert Half



  • Develop new product lines
  • Acquire additional growth funding
  • IPO, acquisition/exit


Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta (VMSA)  |  CEO Roundtable
Investment Referral

Community Support

AlbertaIN  |  Trade Commissioner Service - Export
TSX Venture Exchange  |  The Canadian Securities Exchange


Workshops, networking,
and more

Free resources to support your startup journey.

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