Commercialization Associates

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Grants to build business readiness

Alberta’s high potential, high growth, technology and knowledge-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may be eligible for funding to enable them to employ a highly trained resource with the goal of advancing business readiness levels and/or accelerating product commercialization.

The Commercialization Associate understands business fundamentals and practices, applying knowledge of industry, as well as market and business trends to prioritize commercialization activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, manufacturing analysis and planning, advanced product validation, exploring new market opportunities, marketing, sales, financial strategies, and business development activities.

This program is designed to fund SMEs to employ a commercialization professional, for one year, through one of the following options:

  • Level 1 – full-time, up to $52,500 per year
  • Level 2 – full-time, up to $75,000 per year
  • Level 3 – full or part-time, up to $105,000 per year

Please refer to the program guide below for an explanation of the various levels.

How the program works

This program is an open-call format. Apply now.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the program documents below.
  2. Connect with a Technology Development Advisor.
  3. Access our applicant portal to submit your application online.
  4. Any questions? Contact us at intake@albertainnovates.ca or 403-210-5229.

Please note: the applicant may submit an application with or without the selection of a specific Commercialization Associate. If the application is submitted without the selection of a specific associate, it will be evaluated on the “Applicant” and “Opportunity” sections of the application. If approved, the applicant will have up a maximum of six months to submit the “Associate” and “Project” sections of the application for evaluation.

Are you currently working on an existing application?

Applications started in our existing grants management systems prior to April 14, 2020 will continue to be managed through the system in which the application was received, meaning the benefits listed above do not apply.  

We’re here to help with any questions you might have. Please reach out to your Technology Development Advisor or Project Advisor, or email a Program Associate at inbox_grants@albertainnovates.ca.

Resources

Program documents

How the program makes an impact

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  • Step one: read

    Familiarize yourself with the program documents above.

  • Step two: connect

    Connect with a Technology Development Advisor.

  • Step three: access

    Access our applicant portal above to submit your application online.

  • Step four: any questions?

    Contact us at intake@albertainnovates.ca or 403-210-5229.

Impact

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