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, academic-based accelerator is designed to increase the number of promising early-stage commercial opportunities, driven by UAlberta research. imYEG's program and team of industry leaders & investors, will help address and overcome early barriers researchers face on the commercialization journey. imYEG was co-created by the university and Brass Dome Ventures. 

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 (NATRAC) NACTRC is a collaboration between UAlberta and Alberta Health Services and the University of Alberta. Their mission— better medicine, better outcomes. NATRAC helps researhers conduct clinical research, develop new treatments, and bring them to the market for use.

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.

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 (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.