Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship

The Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship program offers learning resources and development support to all University of Alberta undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent alumni who have graduated within the past five years.

 


The Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship program helps emerging entrepreneurs from the UAlberta Student and Alumni community develop innovative tech-based ventures and social initiatives. By linking founders and teams with mentors and advisors from various start-up and industry backgrounds and providing access to the University’s facilities and equipment for product development and prototyping, we help entrepreneurs take their idea through a systematic process of exploration, assessment, development, and materialization.

We currently also offer an introductory course on entrepreneurship for students looking to gain a foundational understanding of how to plan, design, and build a tech start-up. This course is being converted from a Spring class to a full semester class, which will be offered starting Winter 2022.

 

Program Overview

What are the benefits and opportunities the incubator space offers?

The Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship program provides participants with access to mentorship, industry networks, avenues for funding, and unique equipment and makerspace for prototype development.

Is it in person or online?

Most of the mentoring process will be conducted online until further notice. Prototyping on individual bases will be evaluated and might be approved to come on campus to use facilities. We are closely monitoring Government of Alberta’s regulations and will keep you informed through our newsletter updates.

I am not a University of Alberta student, can I still use incubator benefits?

The Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship program is open for all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent (<5 years) postgraduate alums at the University of Alberta.

How much does it cost to use the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship program resources?

Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship program resources are free of charge for University of Alberta students and recent alumni.

Can I apply for a Start-Up Visa if I join the incubator?

While we would love to offer Letters of Support for alumni to obtain a Start-Up Visa as they work on their venture, unfortunately as a new incubator we cannot apply for the necessary accredited program status until 2023.

Program Offerings

How does the mentoring process work?

There are different mentoring types available at our program, you will be assigned a mentor based on the goal you are trying to reach. You can always contact a team member if you feel like changing mentors or mentees.

What counts as a ‘tech-enabled’ initiative?

We define tech-enabled as ventures that have a digital or physical tech product concept; this does not need to be the main component of the product/service, but it does need to be a component.

How will ideas/products be protected? Will teams need to sign a NDA?

The Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship program will help teams protect their intellectual property on an individual, as-needed basis.

Can we use the incubator’s resources to mass produce a prototype?

The Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship program will help all cohort teams to explore and build their ideas. It’s our job to help you execute your mission, so we’ll try to get you connected with industry partners and suppliers.

How to Apply

What are the program eligibility criteria?
  • The team is composed of students or recent graduates (<5 years) from the University of Alberta
  • The team’s product or service involves hardware technology and/or a tech-enabled platform
  • The team demonstrates capacity and commitment to building a scalable business or social initiative
  • The team is committed to acting in accordance with the program’s values and building technology that benefits society
Can I sign up as an individual founder, or do I need a team?

We accept applications for both individual founders and teams as long as you have a technology enabled product or idea, and can commit to your venture.

How do I apply?

The application process consists of two stages. First, teams will submit an online application. Second, applicants will be contacted to sit down with us for an interview. During this stage, we want to hear about your idea and team to help assess if our program can help meet your needs. Once you’re accepted and onboarded, we’ll match you with a mentor and begin mapping out your short and long term goals.

 

 

Apply Now

Applications for the pilot program teams will open on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 9 am. The deadline for application submission is on Sunday, May 30th, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

All of the applicants will be contacted by Monday, May 31, 2021 regarding their interviews and further steps.

The soft launch and start of the program is scheduled for mid-June 2021.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the application process, or programming, feel free to contact us at iceincubator@ualberta.ca