Innovation and Entrepreneurship @UAlberta
We offer many services, resources and programs to champion, foster and support knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship at UAlberta. From help launching a research driven spinoff, to patenting or licensing support, to entrepreneurship mentoring and education, to helping students and post-graduates pursue a business idea.
Business accelerator providing expertise and resources to transform ideas and technologies into new business opportunities. Services include: technology evaluation and protection, mentoring, licensing support, potential funding opportunities, physical space. TEC Edmonton is a non-profit joint venture between UAlberta and the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. Since 2013, TEC Edmonton has been ranked one of the world's best university business incubators by UBI Global. In 2018, it was ranked world’s 3rd best university linked business incubator.
Supports students and post-graduates, helping them become entrepreneurial thinkers and change agents through education, support, collaboration and mentorship. We also help them implement new ideas and create new companies and ventures.
Venture Mentoring Service (VMS)
Helps develop strong and capable entrepreneurs by coaching and guiding them through challenges, so they own their decisions, rather than relying on others for answers. The VMS program is open to all UAlberta members (students, faculty, staff, and alumni), and is modeled on a similar highly successful Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) program.
Student Innovation Centre
Collaboration space for students that encourages creativity and innovation. Modelled after business incubators and startup offices, the centre is a basecamp for undergraduates to explore turning ideas into reality. Student led student activities include competitions, maker projects, and ventures. Two student teams currently using the centre are: iGEM who are working to combat diseases in honeybees with genetically-engineered organisms and AlbertaSat who designed and launched Alberta’s first satellite.
UAlberta Heath Accelerator
A health science program that provides access to wet lab, office and collaboration spaces/services. The program has 2 streams; researcher stream and trainee (graduate/post doctorate). There are currently 12 companies in this accelerator.
JLABS Pod @UAlberta
A secure, state-of-the-art video conferencing system that connects researchers and health entrepreneurs connect to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation network, which includes labs in Toronto, New York, San Francisco, London (U.K.). Through the JLABS POD provides immediate access to global markets and mentorship to help health researchers and innovators transform discoveries into new health products, new patient care solutions and new health technology ventures.