TECHNOLOGY & CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

Alberta Innovates

An arms-length Alberta government organization focused on promoting research, innovation and diversification in the province. Most provincial funding surrounding innovation flows through this organization.

What we do:

The Technology Development Advisors (TDAs) will provide advice and coaching to anyone and help guide you through the grant applications.

Funds available:

Advice and coaching can happen at any time, but the funding is only initiated to happen when you have some time and energy invested into an idea. This may be a business plan or a prototype already in place. Your company does need to be incorporated and operating in Alberta.

  • Micro-voucher up to $10,000 (business plan, initial prototype)
  • Voucher $10,000 to $100,000 (proof of concept, validation, commercialization)
  • Product Demonstration up to $300,000 (partner with a customer to optimize product)

There are time limits, cash matching requirements etc. Refer to the website or talk to the TDA.

Central Alberta: Matt Cornall
Technology Development Advisor
matt.cornall@albertainnovates.ca
587 876 3490

Olds College Center for Innovation (OCCI)

Agricultural and Entrepreneurial College. Connected to the Innovation Network through Regional Innovation Networks.

What we do:

  • We will help or mentor entrepreneurs and SME’s and large industry
  • We can test concepts/ products through the OCCI (Olds College Centre of Innovation) specializing in agriculture, livestock, turf and wetlands
  • We have garment expertise through our partnership in the Apparel Innovation Centre
  • We are also experts at navigating the innovation network in Alberta
  • We act as a portal to other people in the province and Canada who can help you
  • We will make a person to person introduction

Karla Petersen
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
kpetersen@oldscollege.ca
403 512 8633

Red Deer College’s Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing

RDC’s Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing focuses on the areas of Innovation in Manufacturing, Environment and Ecology, Faculty and Student Research and Innovation, and Health Research.

A Comprehensive Community College. Connected to the Innovation network through Regional Innovation Networks, the Alberta Innovates Technology Advisor and NRC-IRAP ITA have offices at RDC.

What we do:

  • Mentor entrepreneurs and SME’s and large industry
  • Can build prototypes in the Centre for Innovation in manufacturing
  • Expertise in marketing, intellectual property and surveys
  • Operate on a fee for service basis. Mentoring and coaching is free for a bit, but other services are charged on a cost recovery basis
  • We are experts at navigating the innovation network in Alberta
  • We act as a portal to other people in the province and Canada who can help you
  • We will make a person-to-person introduction

Alicia Cafferata-Arnett
Applied Research Specialist
alicia.cafferata@rdc.ab.ca
403 356 4940

National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP)

A federal agency that promotes innovation in industry.

What we do:

The Industrail Technology Advisors (ITAs) will provide advice and mentoring to entrepreneurs.

Funds available:

To access funding you need to be incorporated and show some sales. When your company requires a technical person (i.e. engineer, coder, technologist) we will help support that person’s salary.

This is a reimbursement program, so the company pays upfront and then you submit a report and receipts for reimbursement.

Industrial Technology Advisor, Industrial Research Assistance Program (Prairies)
National Research Council Canada / Government of Canada
rebecca.bjustrom@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
587 378 5011

NSERC Engage

For new relationships with a college or university. First level is $25,000 matching is $25,000 in-kind. The business needs to be in operation for 2 years and have at least 2 employees.

First point of contact: a college

OLDS CARIN OFFICE

OLDS COLLEGE CENTRE FOR INNOVATION (OCCI)
Email: info@ca-rin.ca
Phone: 403-507-7971
Address: 4500 50th St Olds, Alberta

RED DEER CARIN OFFICE

RDC's CENTRE FOR INNOVATION IN MANUFACTURING (CIM)
Email: carin@rdc.ab.ca
Phone: 403-343-4076
Address: 100 College Blvd Box 5005, Red Deer, AB T4N 5H5