Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Validate Program

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What is it?

The Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Validate Program supports innovative small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) along their journey developing digital and data-enabled health technology.   

This Program will help Alberta’s innovators overcome the hurdles associated with digital health technology commercialization, across the key domains of: 

  • Product Development,  
  • Business Readiness, 
  • Product-Market Fit, and  
  • Regulatory Compliance. 

Health Innovation Cycle1 and the Alberta Innovates Client Journey

AICE – Validate helps innovators and their health innovations along their commercialization journey. The program focuses on a specific milestones of the Health Innovation Cycle across four domains.

Highlights  

The AICE – Validate Program is an exciting opportunity for innovators in Alberta’s digital health ecosystem. 

AICE – Validate complements our other health innovation program offerings by expanding to include earlier-stage development of digital and data-enabled health technologies.      

Benefits 

Applicants who participate in the program can expect the following outcomes:  

  • Progression along the commercialization pathway in multiple areas including Product-Market Fit, Business Readiness, Regulatory Compliance, and Product Development. 
  • Improve Alberta competitiveness in the global digital health innovation sector.

Eligibility 

  • Applicants must: 
  1. Be a for-profit Small-to-medium enterprise (SME) corporation, defined as having fewer than 500 full time employees, and less than $50,000,000 annual gross revenue;  
  2. Have a significant physical and corporate operational presence in Alberta and be able to demonstrate that operational benefits will flow primarily within the province of Alberta; 

Projects must: 

  • Be able to demonstrate completion or near-completion of all milestones associated with “Discovering”, “Ideating”, and “Conceptualizing” stages of the Alberta Innovates Client Journey (see the intake form on the AICE – Validate webpage for milestone details); 
  • Present a sound plan that will enable demonstrable progression along the “Committing” and “Validating” phases across the four domains of Product-Market Fit, Business Readiness, Regulatory Compliance, and Product Development; 
  • See program guide for full details. 

Funding

Alberta Innovates will contribute up to $300,000 CAD to support approved projects over a maximum term of 24 months. 

A minimum of 25% of total eligible Project Costs must be provided by the Applicant as cash or in-kind contributions

Application process  

The AICE – Validate Program launched in September 2020 and is currently open continuously to applications through the fiscal year

  1. Intake form 
    Complete the brief online Health Innovation Intake Form via the online application portal  
  1. Pre-application meeting 
    A pre-application meeting is held with Alberta Innovates to ensure best program fit and provide support  
  1. Application 
    Complete the Full Application via the online application portal

Please note that you will need to create an account to access our online application portal. If you have any questions about the application process or concerns about your project’s eligibility, feel free to contact Alberta Innovates at any time. 

Application Resources

Additional Supports & Resources 

  • E-Learning Tool – Health Canada – resource intended to educate stakeholders on premarket regulatory requirements for medical devices in Canada. 
  • Alberta Clinical Research Roadmap – an interactive online navigator outlining the steps to setting up and conducting a clinical health research study within Alberta. 
  • ARECCI – helps practitioners, agencies and organizations identify and mitigate ethical risks in program evaluations, quality improvement projects, needs assessments, health innovations and knowledge translation. 
  • Alberta Innovates, Entrepreneurial Investments – Alberta Innovates offers a variety of related high-demand, entrepreneurial investment programs that are of interest to SMEs. 

[1] Adapted from the Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation & Technology’s Guidance and Impact Tracking System. https://www.gaits.org/ja/.