Innovation + Entrepreneurship @Ualberta

The university has many programs, services and resources to foster and support innovation, tech and knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship. We can help researchers and innovators at various stages—pre-commercialization, to technology transfer services such as IP assessment and protection, to commercialization such as licensing or creating a spinoff, to mentoring and entrepreneurship education. The following are our key innovation programs and supports:

Innovation Masterminds Edmonton (imYEG) is an industry-led pre-accelerator program designed to increase the quality and viability of commercial ventures leaving the University of Alberta and entering Alberta's business and innovation ecosystem. imYEG's team of industry leaders and investors help to overcome barriers that face researchers and students in the early stages of their commercialization journey. Co-created by the university and Brass Dome Ventures Inc., the program is designed to scale to other postsecondary institutions across Edmonton.

University of Alberta Health Accelerator
Advances early-stage health and life science companies created by UAlberta researchers, faculty and students. The program supports ventures build, test, validate and grow via mentorship, education & workshops, and connections to resources and service providers, and offers physical co-working and lab space in TEC Centre Labs. Biannual program intake occurs in May and November. Companies are accepted based on program capacity.

The Northern Alberta Clinical Trials + Research Centre (NATRC) NACTRC is a collaboration between UAlberta and Alberta Health Services and the University of Alberta. Their mission— better medicine, better outcomes. NACTRC helps researchers conduct clinical research, develop new treatments, and bring them to the market for use.

ST Innovations
Provides access to experts in health/digital/smart tech and devices, and artificial intelligence, R&D and applied research, and clinical/end-user validation. As well as some of Canada's most advanced labs/facilities and tools that are hard to find elsewhere such as the modular prosthetic limb (the first and only one in Canada), a bilateral Kinarm exoskeleton, VR immersion system, high-throughput cell-culture testing, and a laser microfabrication suite that supports R&D of implantable/wearable medical devices, advanced optics and diverse lab-on-a-chip (LOC) applications.

Threshold 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 (alumni, faculty, staff, students) and is modelled on MIT's (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) highly successful VMS program.

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.

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.