NEWS RELEASE

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, February 5, 2024 – Alberta Innovates and its Scaleup Growth and Accelerator Program (Scaleup GAP) Alberta Innovates and its Scaleup Growth and Accelerator Program (Scaleup GAP) are announcing the SXSW 2024 Delegation, March 6-11. Joining Alberta Innovates at SXSW are 50 high-potential companies looking to make connections, attract potential investors and take in valuable learning opportunities at one of the world’s largest tech conferences.  

Delegates will participate in curated one-on-one meetings, attend invite-only networking events, and participate in workshops and events, all made possible by the support of Alberta Innovates’ Scaleup GAP program as part of the ongoing effort to grow companies, create jobs and foster innovation with roots here in Alberta. 

This delegation builds off a successful trip in 2023 where the results spoke for themselves: with over $6 million in finalized business deals to date, paired with over 2,600 reported connections made by attending companies, this initiative brought the province’s tech ecosystem to the international market and delivered remarkable impacts for companies, for founders, and for Alberta.

With strong ties to Alberta Innovates’ priority areas including digital health, clean resource tech and artificial intelligence, this year’s SXSW delegation will bring Alberta innovators to the attention of global investors and reflect some of the best our entrepreneurial ecosystem has to offer. 

Sector Company  Representative Position
Health Tech Animal HealthLink Leilani Mustillo CEO
  Ciba Health Innocent Clement CEO
  Lusome Inc Lara Smith Founder & CEO
  MedEssist Joella Ayesha Almeida Co-Founder & CEO
  NanoTess Megan Leslie Co-Founder & CEO
  On A Dime Transformations Kelly Lydiard Founder
  PeerX.ai Jefferson Roc CEO
  PurposeMed John Gardiner Founder & SVP/GM
  umay care Ali Habib Founder & CEO
Climate Tech Carbon Cred Tim Beentjes Founder & CEO
  Carbon Upcycling Technologies Madison Savilow Founder & Chief of Staff
  Earthware John MacInnes Founder & CEO
  Golu Hydrogen Dr. Iner Pal Singh CEO
  Haztrack Tom McDonell CEO
  Hempalta Darren Bondar CEO
  Impossible Sensing Ariel Torre Co-Founder & CEO
  Material Futures Iris Redinger CEO
B2B SaaS Alertable
Rick Arter CEO
  BlueMarvel Keri Lee CEO & Managing Director
  Braintoy Kwame Asiedu  Co-Founder & Co-CEO
  Chata.ai Kelly Cherniwchan Founder & CEO
  Drift Golf Tina Moreau Co-Founder & COO
  IrisCX Guillermo Salazar CEO
  Ontopical Inc.  Clayton Feick CEO
  Symend Hanif Joshaghani Co-Founder & CEO
Media SaaS Areto Labs Kasey Machin Founder & COO
  Eventcombo Saroosh Gull CEO
  Public Place Network Douglas Berquist Founder & CEO
  Story City Emily Craven Founder & CEO
Ed Tech Fledge Jenna Galloway Founder & CEO
  Monark Amanda Julian Co-Founder & CSO
  OntheJob Peter Gammell Founder & CEO
  VR core Jason Van Hierden Founder & CEO
Legal Tech Goodlawyer Brett Colvin Co-Founder & CEO
  Lawtiq Sam Raheel Co-Founder & CEO
  Standard Field Safety Sam Jenkins Co-Founder & CEO
Auto Tech AITHR Chris Avery Co-Founder & CEO
  Road Aider Temi Okesanya CEO
  Safelight Cleaning System Ryan Blais CEO
FinTech Berkeley Street Capital Graham Albert Hansen CEO
  Quickly Ammar Memon Co-Founder & COO
  Trust Science Evan Chrapko CEO
Audio Technology Plunge Audio Justin Kudding CEO
  ZeroSound Norm Bogner Co-Founder & CEO
Proptech ResVR Nathan Nasseri Founder & CEO
  Stelor Steven Laidlaw Founder
Marketplace Moovez Simon Bullard Founder & CEO
  Virtual Gurus Bobbie Racette Founder & CEO
Cybersecurity Techjutsu Tracey Nyholt Founder & CEO
Quantum Technologies Quantized Technologies Jordan Smith Co-Founder & CEO

BACKGROUND

About ScaleupGAP 

The Alberta Scaleup and Growth Accelerator Program (Scaleup GAP) is run by a consortium led by Alberta Innovates. The consortium also includes the Government of Alberta, Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan), The City of Edmonton, through Edmonton Unlimited, and the City of Calgary’s Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund, who allocated $35 million over three years to retain business accelerators. It’s part of the Alberta government’s goal to help create 20,000 jobs and increase technology firm revenue to $5 billion by 2030. 

Scaleup GAP provides end-to-end business support services for growth-oriented companies just starting out who are fleshing out their business plans all the way to organizations who need advice or investment to help them grow globally. Five accelerators were brought to Alberta in 2021/2022 to bridge the scaleup gap, including Alberta Accelerator by 500, Plug and Play Alberta, Telus Community Safety and Wellness Accelerator powered by Alchemist, Thrive Canada Accelerator and Alberta Catalyzer, an early-stage pre-accelerator.