Micro voucher

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Micro vouchers provide funding for high potential, high growth, technology or knowledge-based Alberta small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to accelerate their new product technology development.

The Micro Voucher Program encourages high potential, high growth SMEs with novel, promising technologies, strong management and a reasonably identified product/market fit to accelerate new product commercialization. The purpose is quick access to funds to de-risk technological solutions, and support emerging technologies.

Typical applicants are in the earlier stages of their product development. Most clients enter our programs by starting with a micro voucher.

Eligible applicants can apply for up to $10,000, paid directly to the service provider, to cover eligible expenses charged by the service provider for the purpose of one or more of the following activities:

  • New product research and development;
  • Design, engineering and prototype development;
  • Product testing and refinement;
  • Patent development; (excluding patent maintenance fees)
  • Advanced market assessment or segmentation analysis;
  • Advanced business and/or marketing strategies; and/or
  • Other technology development activities that will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please note: the applicant pays a minimum 25 percent cash contribution of the total eligible project costs.

How the program works 

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

  1. Familiarize yourself with the program resources below.
  2. Contact a Technology Development Advisor. Connect now.
  3. Send your completed application through our online Applicant Portal

Program resources

Entrepreneurial Investments Program Metrics

Learn more about how we measure progress with the Technology Commercialization Scorecard.

Program documents

Related programs and services 

The Micro Voucher Program is part of a suite of small business and entrepreneur funding programs focused on the commercialization of new product development and technology solutions. Other related programs and services are:

To connect with the innovation ecosystem and technology entrepreneur supports in your region, check out the Regional Innovation Networks.