The following technologies have been assessed and reviewed by our expert team and are currently available for licensing or sponsored research.

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

  • Programs / Workshops
    • 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 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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    • 321 Sales Academy: Sales 101

      321 Sales Academy: Sales 101

      A full-day crash-course in B2B sales for business and technical founders and execs..

      Registration for spring 2018 now closed

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    • 321 Sales Academy: Lean Sales

      321 Sales Academy: Lean Sales

      This program includes eight half day sessions plus a one-on-one coaching session. 

      Registration for spring 2018 now closed

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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 for Cohort 3 are now open!  

      An eight-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. 

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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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The Opportunity to Bring your Innovation/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 which will 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. (previously under Innovate Calgary) is one of the business incubation programs designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

In addition to receiving a Letter of Support for bringing your business venture to Canada, successful applicants will receive additional support from Calgary Technologies Inc. in the form of: 

  • Regular check points to assess progress
  • Business coaching & mentoring from our advisors and entrepreneurs-in-residence
  • Access to Entrepreneur Development programs & services
  • Connection point to southern Alberta’s advanced tech community
  • Recommendations for applicable grant applications


In addition to meeting the Government of Canada’s Startup Visa Eligibility Criteria, applicants must also the following requirements:

  • Have primary/secondary market research, with an emphasis on customer validation
  • Revenues must be based on the company’s product, not from consulting services
  • Demonstrate clear value in bringing the company to Calgary (i.e.: closer to key customers, suppliers, distributors, and/or channel partners)
  • We do not provide financial support or incentives therefore applicants must have sufficient funds to carry the company through the next 2+ years:
    • Working capital in the bank
    • Letter of Commitment
  • A solid team is in place:
    • Ability to demonstrate each team member (applicant) is an integral part of business operations, has the background to execute the business plan, and has demonstrated applicable work experience, education and/or research experience

All travel and associated relocation costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

The Start-up Visa (SUV) Program application process is highly competitive and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Get Started

To begin the application process, please complete our intake form, and include a description of each applicant’s background, the business, and the current stage of growth of the business. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Once your business is supported by a designated Canadian business incubator and you satisfy all eligibility criteria, you will be referred to apply for a startup visa with the Government of Canada.


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