The innovation journey is rarely a linear, sequential process. We assist high-growth, high-potential SMEs to reduce the time it takes to commercialize new technology and knowledge-based products, and to scale their business.
Support where you need it
What we offer
We support innovation in Alberta through Coaching, Community, and Capital to help Alberta businesses commercialize new technology and grow our province’s economy.
Finding the right fit
Through our funding programs, we invest in high-growth, high-potential companies that will become self-sustaining and positioned to provide economic and social benefits to Alberta.
Where we help
We support innovation in all sectors, and in recent years have increasingly focused on aligning our investment portfolio and funding to innovation in the following focus areas:
Transforming data into actionable information and enabling digital transformation
Digital technology for business transformation
Products that leverage technology to sense and measure information to conduct business
Development and sale of digital technology valued by businesses. Examples include sensor and measurement technology
Saleable products that enable innovative production and distribution
Clean technology for a lower carbon future
Innovation for a low carbon future
Innovative production and distribution
Additive manufacturing and distribution technologies
Can your tech company contribute to these metrics? If so, check below. We may have a program for you.
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Coaching, Community, and Capital!
Alberta Digital Traction
This program provides funding for Alberta SMEs that rely on software development as core to one or more of their products and/or services and intends to rapidly scale in the global marketplace to accelerate their revenue growth.
Vouchers are for Alberta’s small- and medium-sized enterprises in the technology and knowledge-based sector with technologies in the mid-to-late developmental stages. It could include some early developmental stages.
Micro vouchers are aimed to help Alberta’s small- and medium-sized enterprises in the technology and knowledge-based sector hire a service or product provider to advance their technology closer to commercialization.
The Commercialization Associates Program has been designed to support innovation and creative problem-solving for Alberta small- and medium-sized enterprises. The goal is to advance business readiness levels and accelerate product commercialization.
The Executive Business Advisor (EBA) Program is a competitive program for promising, high potential, high growth Alberta SMEs that are anticipated to generate jobs, exports and help diversify our economy.
This program is intended to help Alberta Small and Medium-sized Enterprises align their international plans with global opportunities and to evaluate the risks and benefits of exporting prior to entering new global markets.
We designed the Product ScaleUp Pilot Program to help propel Alberta SMEs forward as they refine and iterate their highly scalable digital technologies.
The program is a grant of up to $100,000 for one year for qualified SMEs to hire a product associate with expertise in developing, commercializing, and scaling digital technology using a product management model. A matching percentage is required.
The Product Demonstration Program is a focused, business-to-business partnership, allowing the applicant to access funding and key alliance resources, which can help accelerate their product to commercialization.
The r&D Associates Program has been designed to support innovation and creative problem-solving for Alberta small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The goal is to advance technology readiness levels and accelerate product commercialization.
Regional Innovation Networks are entrepreneur-centric, community-based networks with the goal of providing programs and services to accelerate growth of technology and knowledge-based businesses in those jurisdictions.
Our Technology Development Advisors provide front-line business coaching and technology development advice to small & medium size enterprises in technology or knowledge-based industries to accelerate clients through their client journey.
If you haven’t heard of NOBAL Technologies, think again. This Calgary-based firm is poised to shape the future of shopping with its smart mirror technology. And make no mistake, the iMirror, which was developed with support from Alberta Innovates, is no ordinary mirror.
Business accelerators with global reach are setting up shop in Alberta to power new growth and opportunities in the province’s burgeoning tech startup sector. The accelerators are experienced in vaulting promising startups through scaleup and growth by providing intensive mentoring, networking, access to capital and other opportunities. They are key to positioning Alberta as a global technology and innovation hub to diversify the provincial economy, create growth, jobs and a knowledge workforce for the future.