Inventures 2022

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STARTUPS, ENTREPRENEURS, INVESTORS AND GLOBAL THOUGHT LEADERS WHO ARE REDEFINING THE FUTURE.

FROM CLEANTECH TO SMART AG…

INVENTURES IS YOUR FRONT-ROW SEAT TO WHAT’S NEXT.

Three Incredible Days Of Discovery

Join the best and brightest in global innovation for three days of learning, inspiration and creative collisions. From rousing keynotes and expert panels, to startup pitch competitions and informal networking opportunities, Inventures is the must-attend event of 2022. Make connections, strike deals and launch creative ideas into overdrive!

Thrilling Startup Pitch Events

Witness exciting pitch competitions where qualifying innovators vie for serious cash, expert feedback and investor connections.

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Networking Galore

Take advantage of plenty of opportunities to socialize, share and network with thought leaders and like-minded change makers from around the world.

Seven knowledge tracks

Inventures tracks

Inventures Tracks 5 to 7

Don’t miss the chance to connect

Check out the schedule and see who’s speaking.

Event attendees listen to presentation Alberta Innovates CEO Laura Kilcrease and board chair Brenda Kenny presenting Neuraura a prize at Inventures 2019 Registration table at Inventures
Amanda Hall and Laura Kilcrease at Inventures 2019

Interested in volunteering? This is a great opportunity to learn more and participate!

Learn more about Inventures, Alberta’s premiere innovation event.

​​ELEVATE PITCH COMPETITION

Keynote Speaker Arlene Dickinson

Pioneering Innovation Across Alberta

The inaugural ELEVATE Pitch Competition brings together entrepreneurs and innovators across Alberta looking to launch and grow their businesses!  Powered by the Regional Innovation Networks, ELEVATE offers Alberta-based entrepreneurs a chance to be seen by the community, practice their pitches, and get exposure to potential investors.

During this free, virtual event, watch eight entrepreneurs go head-to-head to pitch their latest innovations.  Top the afternoon off with an inspiring keynote from serial entrepreneur and General Partner of District Ventures Capital, Arlene Dickinson.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Free, virtual event

Pitch Competition: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch Break + Networking: 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Keynote and Questions with Arlene Dickinson: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Pitch Competition Winners Announced: 1:45 pm – 2:00

Learn more and register!

SCHEDULE

10:30 – 11:00 AM: Pitch competitors sign in and get set up

PITCH COMPETITION

11:00 – 11:05 AM: Welcome + opening remarks

11:05 – 11:45: Teams 1-4 pitch

11:45 – 11:55 AM: Quick 5 min break + Sponsor Spotlight

11:55 – 12:35 AM: Teams 6-8 pitch

BREAK

12:35 – 1:00 PM: LUNCH + NETWORKING

1:00 – 1:05 PM: Welcome Back

KEYNOTE

1:05 – 1:30 PM: Keynote with Arlene Dickinson

1:30 – 1:45 PM: Q&A

AWARDS CEREMONY

1:45 – 1:55 PM: Pitch Competition Winners Announced

1:55 – 2:00 PM: Thank You and Closing

ARLENE DICKINSON BIO

Arlene Dickinson is a serial entrepreneur and General Partner of District Ventures Capital, a venture  capital fund focused on helping market, fund and grow entrepreneurs and their companies, in the food  and health space.

She is a three-time best-selling author, podcaster and accomplished public speaker. Dickinson is widely  recognized for her role as a Dragon/Venture Capitalist for over 12 seasons on the multi-award-winning  CBC television series, Dragons Den.

Ms. Dickinson’s leadership has been recognized many times, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women  Top 100 Hall of Fame, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as PROFIT and  Chatelaine’s Top 100 Women Business Owners. She is a Marketing Hall of Legends inductee and a proud  recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award. Dickinson has served for many years as an  Honourary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy.

She sits on several public and private boards and is actively involved in supporting community and  country.

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how to bring your innovation to life with the Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network

Join Jane Hunter-Uhryn from Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network on Feb 3 from 12-1pm to learn more about how GPRIN supports innovators and entrepreneurs in NW Alberta!

Learn about some of the innovations and ideas they’ve been involved with, how they can connect you to the greater innovation support network in the province to get your idea or product going and what supports are available to you.

The GPRIN is part of Alberta’s Regional Innovates Networks supported by Alberta Innovates.

Virtual and Augmented Reality Conference
February 17, 2022 – 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

NEXT: Beyond the Metaverse is a virtual conference brought to you by the START Centre at Lethbridge College. NEXT will bring together some of the best virtual reality, augmented reality, and spatial technology industry experts to erase the ambiguity around the terms cryptocurrency, NFTs, and the metaverse – allowing you to accelerate your business.

BE READY for a full day hearing from industry experts, a panel discussion, individual networking, and a virtual industry networking opportunity to share opinions, ideas, and applications regarding the newest spatial technology with our industry partners. Follow-up workshops will be available for businesses and organizations who want to learn more.

With this new method of connecting on the horizon, it’s critical for businesses and organizations to cut through the hype that is surrounding the metaverse and understand how it will impact them, and how they can prepare.

Learn more about the speakers.

This event is sponsored by the Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta and Alberta Innovates.

The Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network is excited to announce the 13th Annual Growing the North Conference! Amid the ongoing uncertainty of the current pandemic, and following the success of last year’s event, the organizers have again chosen to go virtual for 2022.

The event will feature a total of six keynote presentations as well as break out sessions providing the opportunity to tailor the conference experience to their specific interests. The conference will be hosted over three half days from February 22nd to 24th.

Topics covered this year

The program features a wide range of topics with a variety of presenters.

  • leadership,
  • resiliency,
  • the future,
  • truth and reconciliation,
  • transportation,
  • innovation,
  • health care,
  • forestry,
  • oil and gas,
  • alternative energy,
  • agriculture,
  • tourism,
  • hemp opportunities and the economy.

“The organizing partners continue to strive to secure presenters from a variety of sectors while keeping the content engaging, relevant and thought-provoking every year. The virtual format worked well in 2021 and allowed attendees to have some of the networking opportunities this conference is known for, while maintaining the focus of providing an economic snapshot of our region,” commented Tanya Oliver, CEO, Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of the Growing the North Organizing Committee.

Speaker lineup

The lineup of speakers includes:

  • Kendal Netmaker, award-winning entrepreneur, author, and gifted keynote speaker from Sweetgrass First Nation;
  • Todd Hirsch, Vice-President and Chief Economist for ATB Financial;
  • Jesse Hirsh, futurist, speaker, and consultant who engages in a wide range of research regarding agriculture, media, technology, and culture;
  • David Goldstein, CEO of Travel Alberta;
  • Joe Jackman, CEO of Jackman Reinvents, the world’s first and foremost reinvention company;
  • Christine Fehr, Resilience and Mental Health;
  • and many more.

Cost

The cost is $199 + GST. There is also a limited quantity of Taste of the Peace boxes available to attendees for an add-on price of $150 + GST. These packages include locally-sourced products highlighting businesses from our region.

Tickets are on sale now at growingthenorth.com.

In addition to registration, the website also includes a full agenda, speaker and sponsor listings.

For more information, contact the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce by phone at 780-532-5340 or email info@gpchamber.com.

Background

Growing the North is the largest economic development conference in the Peace Region and one of the largest in Alberta. Since its inception in 2010, the Growing the North Conference has helped municipal leaders and entrepreneurs explore economic development opportunities and examine innovation in the Peace Region of Northwest Alberta and Northeast B.C.

The organizing partners include the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, Municipal District of Greenview, Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region, Farm Credit Canada, Grande Prairie Regional College, Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network, Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association and Grande Prairie Friendship Centre.

Regional Innovation Networks

Regional Innovation Networks are funded by Alberta Innovates. They 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.

About the event

Join us for a lunch and learn with Craig Elias, Entrepreneur in Residence at Bow Valley College, for a lively and informative session.

Learn about the role the Regional Innovation Networks play in the ecosystem, and how to engage diverse groups within the region.

Sponsored by the Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network, GPRIN is the Innovation Network serving northwestern Alberta innovators and entrepreneurs with the resources, knowledge and connections to develop, validate, manufacture, market and launch innovations into the marketplace.

The innovation ecosystem in Alberta is expansive and GPRIN has access to resources and expertise in a wide variety of areas, in Alberta and across Canada.

New Canadian Technology Incubator Program

The New Canadian Technology Incubator Program is meant to bring additional learning and supports to immigrant entrepreneurs and newcomer Canadians who have a business idea or current business that is looking to better use and consider technology and innovation in their operation. Through a mix of presentations and resources on fundamentals, as well as speakers and guidance from business advisors about using and applying new technology, this program sets out to be a flexible way for you to grow your business outlook and your skills and familiarity with technology.

Each week there will be a 2-hour evening session for you to engage with covering the topics from the New Canadian Technology Incubator Program. You will also be asked to complete a 30-minute reflection assignment each week.

Every 2 weeks, you will be able to meet for 1-hour with your Tecconnect Business Advisor to review and progress through the program milestone completion challenges. These are the items you complete each week (so the advisors can go over with you at your check-ins).

Total Commitment for the New Canadian Technology Incubator Program:
• approx. 2.5 hours/week for 10 weeks and a 1:1 advisor appointment every 2 weeks (5 appointments)

The 2-hour evening sessions will be on Thursday’s from 6pm to 8pm and run from January 10th through March 14th, 2022.

Indigenous Technology Incubator Program

Banner for Indigeneous business training program

The Indigenous Technology Incubator Program is meant to bring additional learning and supports to Indigenous entrepreneurs who have a business idea or current business that is looking to explore entrepreneurial fundamentals while learning how to better use and consider technology and innovation in their operation. Through a mix of presentations and resources to work through, as well as speakers and guidance from business advisors about using and applying new technology, this program sets out to be a flexible way for you to grow your business outlook and your skills and familiarity with technology concepts.

Each week there will be a two-hour evening session that is required to graduate from the Indigenous Technology Incubator Program. You will also be asked to complete a 30-minute reflection assignment each week.

Every 2 weeks, you will be able to meet for one-hour with your Tecconnect Business Advisor to review and progress through the program milestone completion challenges. These are the items you complete each week (so the advisors can go over with you at your check-ins).

Total Commitment for the Indigenous Technology Incubator Program:
• approx. 2.5 hours/week for 10 weeks and a 1:1 advisor appointment every 2 weeks (5 appointments)

The two-hour evening sessions will be on Tuesday’s from 6pm to 8pm and run from January 11th through March 15th, 2022.

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In this digital age, the ability to share attention-grabbing stories is no longer just a luxury: it is an absolute necessity. Mahfuz Chowdury shares practical ways to be heard, in a world dominated by social media networks, through the art and science of creative storytelling.

During this session, attendees will learn:

  • How to create attention-grabbing stories that are easy for your customers to consume
  • How to develop a consistent voice for your brand and implement it into your marketing strategy
  • How major companies use brand archetypes to gain a competitive advantage, and how you can do the same
  • How to connect with your audience through different mediums (and why context matters more than content)
  • The latest digital marketing trends that will allow you to stand out in a crowd

The Digital Innovation in Clean Energy (DICE) Open Call 2.0 builds on the successful initial round of the DICE program which supported 17 approved projects completed between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021.

Projects that align with the program will be eligible for funding. Up to $2.5 million is available over 18 months for DICE 2.0. Project funding can be up to but not exceed $350,000.

Learn more about the program.

Webinar details

This webinar is presented by Bryan Helfenbaum and Bruce Duong and will help potential applicants to prepare to submit a funding application.

This webinar is for potential applicants and is on October 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. MST. The webinar will include a presentation and a question and answer session. The PDF slide presentation will be posted here along with a recording of the webinar on October 29, 2021.