Innovation and Entrepreneurship @UAlberta
We offer many services, resources and programs to champion, foster and support knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship. 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. The following are our main innovation programs and supports:
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. A non-profit joint venture between UAlberta and the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, TEC Edmonton has been ranked one of the world's best university business incubators by UBI Global since 2013. 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 via coaching and guidance so they own their decisions, rather than relying on others for answers. The program is open to all UAlberta members (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) and is modeled on MIT's (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) highly successful VMS 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. Examples of student teams using the centre are: iGEM who is 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 providing wet lab, office and collaboration spaces and services. The program has 2 streams; researcher stream and trainee (graduate/post doctorate) stream. Currently there are 12 young companies in the accelerator.