Inventures Unboundannounces program highlights:

  • NeuroscientistTali Sharot to deliver opening keynote
  • Finalistsrevealed to compete in $60,000 Startup Pitch

Calgary, Alberta -Thethird annual Inventures conference, June 3-4, 2020, pivots from in-person toonline during the COVID-19 pandemic. The live stream virtual program launcheswith two half-days and includes more than 30 speakers across six tracks.

Tali Sharot,author of The Optimism Bias and The Influential Mind will be theopening keynote speaker at the launch of Inventures Unbound. Dr. Sharot is a leading expert on decision-making and emotion and herinsights have helped organizations induce behavioural change, create effectivedecision-making policies, and shift hard-held beliefs. Sharot's work mixesbehavioural economics, psychology and neuroscience.

"Dr. Sharot'sresearch is fascinating and insightful. Her keynote address will be such agreat launch for Inventures as it illuminates why we humans do some of thebaffling and amazing things we do, and it will give Inventures Unbound attendeesan 'optimistic' boost to start things off with," said Alberta Innovates CEOLaura Kilcrease.

On June 3 and 4, Startup Pitch finalists will present their innovations to a panel of expert judges live in front of a virtual audience. The 18 finalists, chosen from over 200 applicants, will compete across six categories, with the winner in each category taking home a $10,000 cash prize.

The categoriesand finalists of this year's Inventures Startup Pitch Event are:

"We're thrilled that even in a time of global uncertainty, startups are attracted to the value of the Inventures Startup Pitch," said Ms. Kilcrease. "We are looking forward to showcasing the best and brightest entrepreneurs as part of our virtual Inventures Unbound event."

Learn more about and register for Inventures Unbound.

See a complete list of Inventures Startup Pitch finalists and alternates.


Inventures Unbound is sponsored by Alberta Innovates and is Alberta's premier innovation event where the best minds from around the world come together - in real life and virtually - to learn, connect and experience awe-inspiring creative collisions. Inventures Unbound is the ultimate platform to share ideas and engage in a vital, growing community of innovators, investors and service providers.