Women entrepreneurs in STEM: demystifying tech for start-ups

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This program is designed to help women entrepreneurs learn how technology can help them build their new business. This session is open to all, so anyone can join in!

Demystifying Tech is designed to increase learners understanding of STEM basics and frameworks.

This program is designed to help women entrepreneurs overcome some of the barriers and obstacles related to entrepreneurial technology and innovation. This version of Demystifying Tech is designed for women entrepreneurs who are in the start-up phase of business development.

Participants will have a collaborative and interactive experience and will follow-up with coaching and self-directed activities.

Participants will leave the program with:

  • Improved comprehension of technology and the impact technology has for entrepreneurs
  • An introduction to framework and uses
  • An understanding of utilization of analytics to change outcomes
  • Best practices for incorporating new technologies
  • An intro to STEM through techniques and strategies for using innovation to grow their business
  • Familiarity and increased comfort with technology and various utilization strategies
  • Increased confidence in using technology to grow their business

Sign up for the event today!

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Don’t miss this exciting and important session during small business week!

Learn about the Pillars of Diversity & Inclusion and how to apply them in the workplace.

This seminar, presented by Tecconnect Business Advisor, Wendy Muise, provides you a look into considerations for and how the strengthening of Diversity & Inclusion in your workplace can lead to positive results.

Don’t delay, register today!

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Water treatment plants have a critical role in keeping our communities healthy and safe by providing clean drinking water and removing our sanitary wastes. As the world changes, whether that means climate change, evolving pathogens or something else, these treatment plants need to adapt or risk impacting the quality of life of our population.

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  • Monica Emleko, University of Waterloo, “Wildfire and pathogen threats to water in Alberta.”
  • Norm Neumann, University of Alberta, “Evidence for the Evolution of Water Treatment Resistant Pathogenic E. coli – are we on cusp of a public health crisis?”

Learn more about the Water Innovation Webinar Series.

In this online workshop the hosts will teach participants specific aspects of design thinking that are well-suited for working with emerging technologies, such as AI and machine learning.

The host will introduce the overall design thinking mindset and framework, with a specific focus on the empathy and problem reframing stages.

Participants will learn:

  • How to use range of tools and methods that they can use in their efforts of creating new digital products and platforms.
  • Problem reframing efforts and how to create, validate and prioritize opportunity statements.
  • Empathy mapping and the importance of understanding end users.
  • The overall mindset behind Design Thinking, which can help them solve problems in a new way.

Participants will receive a post-workshop toolkit with tools, templates, and frameworks introduced during the session.

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If you design, implement, sell, or service Internet of Things solutions for the Agriculture sector, we’d love for you to join us for this exciting opportunity to network and collaborate with key industry players and decision makers.

Alberta IoT

Alberta Innovates is proud to be a sponsor of Alberta IoT, a not-for-profit consisting of organizations with a vested interest in the success of the Internet of Things in the province of Alberta.

Their mission is to position Alberta as the worldwide center of excellence for the Internet of Things technology.

About the event

We are proud to bring together key decision makers and subject matter experts in the agriculture sector to educate, collaborate and support new business opportunities.


1:45pm: Alberta IoT – Brenda Beckedorf, Executive Director


  • Verge – Wilson Acton, Chief Commercial Officer
  • Protein Industries Canada – Bill Greuel, CEO
  • Provision Analytics – Erik Westblom, CoFounder & CEO

2:45pm: Breakout Room Session #1


  • Olds College-Stuart Cullum, President
  • Ag-Technology – Challenges, Opportunities and Lessons

4:00pm: Breakout Rooms Session #2

4:45pm: Closing Remarks

We’re proud to sponsor the third Women in Engineering Summit on October 23rd.

Aerospace Engineer Natalie Panek opens the day with her keynote leading into a line-up of speakers and panelists addressing:

  • unconscious bias,
  • stress, diversity,
  • dream jobs, and
  • the importance of tipping the scale to 30 percent of women in the profession.

The sessions will be interactive, and there will be networking opportunities throughout the day.

Women represent a third of the licensed engineering population in Alberta. They are valued, respected and recognized for their contributions to the field. They remain in the profession until retirement, often becoming mentors and role models for young engineers.

Women in Engineering Summit is a non-profit group that aims to encourage women in engineering to pursue their professional registration.

Not to kill your summer vibe, but September is just around the corner! Join Alberta Innovates and SHEInnovates Alberta Chapter as we bring women to the center stage on the Inventures Unbound platform.

On Sept. 15, 2020, you’ll hear from women who are leading the pack in the tech and innovation sectors. Gain incredible insights, network with audience members, and engage with speakers, all as part of this Inventures Premiere experience.

Tickets to this event are only $49, so grab a couple by clicking the button below – and be ready to change the world this fall.

Oh, and if you’ve already bought a pass for Inventures Unbound, this event, and more is on us! It’s all included as part of Inventures virtual programming. 

What do Water, Tech, Agriculture, Data, AI, and Smart Health have in common?

They’re all on the Inventures Unbound Event Portal!

The world changed, and Inventures went virtual. Since launching in June, we’ve hosted events from funding workshops, to the changing nature of Water in Alberta. Best of all, there is one hub for all of the action and access is only a few clicks away.

If you’ve already joined as an Unbound member and have tuned in for an event or two – make sure to keep an eye out on the new sessions that make it into realms Unbound.

Customer & Market Acceleration Program

This program is currently underway

Fundraising was hard before COVID-19, and now it’s going to be even harder. Now more than ever, startups need to focus on revenue and market growth, so we have designed a program around building customer and market traction.

This program provides Alberta companies the opportunity to leverage our combined relationships and establish their credibility in one of the most important technology hubs on the planet, Silicon Valley. We also provide concierge-style services to help Silicon Valley companies expand their operations into Alberta.

Program overview

  • Customer and Market Access two-hour interactive workshop each week
  • Roundtable sessions on a variety of topics throughout with speakers from our network of hand-picked Silicon Valley experts
  • Mentorship – each startup receives a one-hour mentor session with an expert from HR, Finance and Operations
  • Customer Discovery session – friendly feedback from relevant decision makers at like-target customers
  • Virtual happy hours and cohort networking

Workshop and session elements

  • Ideal customer profile & journey mapping
  • Customer acquisition strategy
  • Develop market messaging
  • Market response and feedback
  • Customer discovery session
  • Cross-border company challenges

Program background

Since 2018, Connection Silicon Valley, in partnership with New West Networks, provides Trade & Investment Attraction support between Alberta and Silicon Valley on behalf of the Government of Alberta Economic Development, Trade & Tourism.

BDC Capital’s Women in Technology Venture Fund and BDC Technology team, along with its Prairies partners, invites you to attend the virtual edition of the Female, Founders, Funder and Fortifiers event series.

We are connecting the Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba (the Prairies) ecosystems together to celebrate gender equity and promote the advancement of women in the tech space. Join us and hear from a successful Prairies woman in tech share her story of successfully navigating her business through the crisis.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be inspired and listen to successful woman in tech story from across our Prairies ecosystem. We look forward to seeing you there!

Partnership companies

If you want to know more about the organizations funding innovation and clean technology, please join us and register now

JULY 21, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (MDT)

9:00 am to 10:30 am (MDT)
The reverse pitch
Your workshop hosts, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and Alberta Innovates have invited trusted partners from the Clean Growth Hub, EDC, BDC, NSERC, CRIN, SDTC, NRCan, and NRC-IRAP to join us on our virtual stage.

You’ll learn who we fund, how we fund, what we fund, and more about how we work together to support projects through the stages of technology readiness.

10:30 am to 1:00 pm (MDT) (Up to five 30-minute workshops)
A deeper dive
Take a deeper dive into the funding process of different agencies. In each of these 30-minute sessions, you will have the chance to meet the funders, ask questions and find out more about their organizations, programs, and processes. You choose which sessions to attend, or attend them all.

JULY 22, 9:00 am to 10:00 am (MDT)

Lessons learned from expert reviewers
Experts from ERA and Alberta Innovates will share insights, advice, and helpful tips on how to put forward your best funding application. In this session, we will cover:

  • Frequently asked questions, and common mistakes applicants make
  • How to communicate environmental, economic, and ancillary benefits of a project
  • How to share your innovation story
  • Q&A with our project advisors.

Register now, save these dates in your calendar, and discover how to better leverage your investments in clean technology solutions. You will receive event login information after you register.