Spinoff Toolkit: External Resources

The Edmonton innovation ecosystem boasts a network of potential partners, funders, workspaces and business services geared towards start-up entrepreneurs. University spinoffs are strongly encouraged to network with these entities and other start-ups in the province. Below is a non-exhaustive list of supports for Edmonton startups and spinoffs.

Mentorship & Coaching

Edmonton Regional Innovation Network (ERIN): Provides startups with access to silicon valley networks, advocacy and support programming.

ERIN facilitates the Business Development Support (BDS) Program, which offers free coaching to University of Alberta-based start-ups accepted into the program.

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE): A non-profit group that offers mentoring services and financing opportunities for women-owned businesses.

Collision & Coworking Space

Roundhouse: A downtown coworking space for Edmonton’s innovation community based out of MacEwan University.

Work Nicer: Coworking spaces located in downtown Calgary and downtown Edmonton. 

URBN CoworkingCoworking and flexible workspace located in South Edmonton. 

Accelerators, Incubators & Foundries

Start-Up Edmonton: An innovation hub offering coworking space, educational classes and workshops for early-stage startups.

Innovate Edmonton: A city of Edmonton initiative that has programming for startups, scaleups, and various accelerator programs.

ATB X Accelerator:  ATB’s business accelerator and banking program that supports Albertan businesses seeking to scale.

Business Link: A government-sponsored accelerator that provides programming, mentoring and training services for Albertan entrepreneurs.

Northern Alberta Business Accelerator (NABI): Business support programming, networking events, and coworking space located in St. Albert.

DynaLIFE Accelerator: A partnership between DynaLIFE, TEC Edmonton, Alberta Health Services and Health City, which focuses on getting new potential health technologies validated in a lab setting.

Canadian Technology Accelerator: Various American partnership and accelerator programs focused on developing international competencies for Canadian technology companies.

Networking, Support & Advocacy

A100: A member-based association for Alberta’s technology industry that connects entrepreneurs to networking opportunities and funding.

Discovery Lab: An open forum for researchers, start-up founders and small business owners to discuss and explore opportunities for technology development and commercialization.

Connectica: An Alberta Innovates sponsored database for linking academic innovators to facilities, funding, and support services.

EACOS: An Edmonton-based start-up community which advocates for entrepreneurs and the tech community.

Startup TNT: Organizes networking events and funding opportunities for Edmonton entrepreneurs. 

Start Alberta: A networking platform and database connecting start-ups with resources and potential investors.

Rainforest Alberta: A community of Alberta innovation professionals that hosts networking and collision events.

BioAlberta: An association for life sciences companies in Alberta that offers industry advocacy and networking.

Entrepreneurs’ Organization: A chapter-based membership network of global entrepreneurs.

Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs): An Alberta Health Services-sponsored networking platform that connects health experts with clinics and health innovators. 


Alberta Innovates: A government corporation provides funding, access to industry contracts, and support programs for start-ups in Alberta. Popular programs include: 

Voucher: Funding up to $100,000 towards utilization of up to three service providers for development of a business or technology.

Micro Voucher: Funding up to $10,000 towards utilization of a service provider for business, engineering, product development, patenting, or related development activities.

Tecterra: A funding and support entity for companies specializing in geomatics technology.

Government of Alberta Small Business Resources: A government hub for a variety of small business supports, including grants, tax credits, coaching, a purchasing directory and a financer directory.

Campus Alberta Neuroscience: Select funding opportunities for research commercialization related to advances in neuroscience.

Government of Canada

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada: A suite of support programs, funding opportunities, business resources and information. The federal government also offers support for innovative businesses and non-profits through Western Economic Diversification Canada, including flexible financing for entrepreneurs through Community Futures Alberta

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Funding and support for agriculture-based ventures.

Sustainable Technology Development Canada: Funding opportunities for clean technology companies.

Boost Your Business Technology: will offer support to small and medium Canadian-owned businesses (SMEs), such as small manufacturing and food processing operations, to adopt new technologies.

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC): A bank offering financing and business services for small companies and entrepreneurs. They also have a free finance-focused Entrepreneur toolkit.

Labs, Prototyping & Research Facilities

InnoTech Alberta: A subsidiary of Alberta Innovates that offers access to research facilities for prototyping and scaling and opportunities for industry partnerships and research services.

Advanced Technology Development Group (ACAMP): A technology development centre open to innovators for prototyping and product development.

Business Services

Amii: A non-profit institute offering artificial intelligence adoption solutions for every type of business.

MITACS: Funding and placement support for companies to hire graduate student or postdoc employee contracts.

BioTalent Canada: Wage subsidies and hiring programs to support employers in the Bio-economy.

Venture For Canada: Training and wage subsidy programs for student and post grad employees at Canadian start-ups.