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Inventures 2021 Stands Down on Live Event

As we moved into the final countdown to Inventures 2021 later this month, it became clear that the fourth wave...

INVENTURE$ Announces Startup Pitch Competition Finalists

A record 275 entries were received from startups around the world for the fourth annual Inventures Startup Pitch Competition, taking place at the Inventures conference, September 22-24, 2021, in Calgary. The international competition will see 34 finalists across seven categories compete for cash, expert feedback, and investor connections.

Serious Labs Applies Simulation Training Technology to Solve Truck Driving Challenge

The Canadian government announced mandatory entry-level training (MELT) requirements for new drivers entering the commercial transport industry. The standard greatly increased training rigor and the number of in-cab training hours required, with the goal of making Canada’s roads safer. The MELT requirements, which went into effect in 2019, would improve safety, but they would also exacerbate existing driving shortages and contribute to increased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a result of more hours spent on in-cab training.

Partnership with AHS Expands Access to Cancer Screening for Rural and Northern Albertans

A new pilot project is addressing the challenge by expanding and integrating the range of screening services that make the rounds to rural and northern communities.

International Security and Cyber Risk Expert to Address Inventures 2021 Conference

Isaac Ben-Israel, an international expert on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, will be a featured keynote at Inventures 2021 in Calgary, September 22-24.

New Alberta Innovates Funding Available to Advance Tech Projects in Smart Agriculture and Food

Alberta Innovates is pleased to announce a new round of funding is now available under the Smart Agriculture and Food Digitalization and Automation Challenge (SAFDAC). This unique program supports projects that develop or advance smart technologies to increase productivity, reduce production costs or increase the value of Alberta’s agri-food commodities. Qualifying projects will provide solutions to challenges faced by the province’s agri-food sector and that clearly demonstrate social, economic and environmental benefits to Alberta.

Strengthening Alberta Health Technology Companies

What if there was a way that Alberta health-technology companies could quickly and efficiently connect with 60,000 physicians, specialists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to test their innovations? The Health Technology Commercialization Hub (HaTCH) will do just that.

Acclaimed Neuroscientist Dr. Tali Sharot to open Inventures 2021 Conference

Tali Sharot award-winning author of The Influential Mind and The Optimism Bias is the opening keynote at Inventures 2021 in Calgary September 22-24, 2021. Professor Sharot is a leading expert on decision-making and emotion. She combines research in behavioural economics, psychology, and neuroscience to reveal the forces that shape our decisions and beliefs.

SVG Ventures | THRIVE Supporting Canadian Agricultural Startups Through New Calgary HQ

The Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF) in partnership with Alberta Innovates, the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and Olds College will be providing up to $2.5 million dollars to support the establishment of SVG Ventures | THRIVE’S Canadian subsidiary with its headquarters located in Calgary.

Optimizing innovation performance in Canada

Innovation is the most popular approach to addressing global challenges.  The question is how do we know that our innovation-related...

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Innovator spotlight – tiny tech with huge possibilities

Barclay is the former Alberta Innovates Scholar in Quantum Nano Systems, and he holds a Strategic Research Project grant. The goal of the grant is to support his work to fabricate devices and other hardware for connecting optical networks to quantum memories that could enable a “quantum internet.”

Using the power of technology to solve health care’s biggest challenges

Alberta spends nearly 40 per cent of the provincial budget on health. Alberta Innovates is launching the Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Concepts program to help address that challenge by contributing to reducing the cost of care and improving the health of Albertans by nurturing a digital health ecosystem.