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Canada is one of the most welcoming and favourable countries for businesses looking to move or expand, and Calgary is arguably your best bet. After all, we have the highest head office concentration and the most patents per capita in Canada. Plus, Canada ranks #1 for Business Environment of the G7 countries (for forecast period 2016-2020). It also has the lowest total tax rate and one of the most generous R&D tax incentives of the G7 countries.

In this section, you’ll find tools and resources to support business development in Canada. We also have plenty of resources for established businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups. Browse for:

  • details on grants, financing, and angel investors
  • demographics and forecasting information
  • guides and advice for goods importers and exporters
  • help and tools to expand your business
  • immigration and employment resources

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Startups & Entrepreneurs

Igniting growth for B2B startups and scaleups. Growth Academy helps companies and people level up their sales, marketing, product management and people capabilities to realize better results. [Accelerators and Incubators]

Establishing a substantive value proposition is critical if you want to start the journey from your “idea” to building a successful company.

The A100 is Alberta’s community of seasoned technology founders & executives.

ACAMP is a unique industry-led product development centre that advanced technology entrepreneurs count on to move their innovation from proof-of-concept to manufactured product by providing access to multidisciplinary engineers, technology experts, unique specialized equipment, and industry acumen.

The Accelerator is a Canadian seed accelerator that provides curriculum, services, seed money, mentors, and connections during two five-month programs each year.

Marketing consultants helping start-up and grow Calgary companies.

Applied research for industry partners. [Accelerators and Incubators]

A rewards-based crowdfunding platform from ATB Financial designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Alberta.

The place for entrepreneurs in Calgary and Edmonton to get advice, banking solutions and connect with experts.

Intensive, 14-week business accelerator program supports Albertan entrepreneurs from diverse industries.

A multi-institutional, multi-phase program that matches youth with existing organizations and
community-embedded projects that have demonstrable impact.

Avatar Innovations is the ground-breaking initiative generating, implementing and funding energy innovation. By empowering leadership inside oil and gas to champion disruption, rather than be displaced by it, Avatar fills the needed gap in the innovation ecosystem to truly create a new energy future.

The AWESOME Accelerator provides 10 weeks of focused learning, sales development and connections for women entrepreneurs in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Accelerator is designed to help increase sales for women-led food processing businesses.

Beauseant Capital Partners is a seed stage incubator with a focus on technology startups. We are located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Jakarta, Indonesia. [Accelerators and Incubators]

BetaList is a community of makers and early adopters showcasing their startups and exchanging feedback.

Boast Capital helps innovative companies in the U.S. and Canada recover their R&D costs from the government.

Provides practical, specific, and insightful advice from nine Vancouver-based leaders whose ventures are active in Asian markets.

Business growth consultant. Focusing on strategic planning and development, Business Instincts Group helps companies reach their full potential.

The Calgary Innovation Coalition (CIC) is a collective of 17 organizations who support entrepreneurs with ideas for highly scalable technology-enabled startups. The CIC supports Business Development Advisors (BDA’s) who primarily work with Calgary-based early stage technology companies to refine and improve their business models.

CETAC-WEST is a private sector, not-for-profit corporation committed to helping small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engaged in the development and commercialization of new environmental technologies. (Accelerator)

Create your visual business model or SWOT model with Canvanizer, business brainstorming blackboard, modelling tools.

Chic Geek is a Calgary-based non-profit building a welcoming, supportive community for women at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship.

Communo is a talent optimization platform that matches highly-vetted talent with advertising agencies and brands looking to staff projects or positions. Communo connects professionals across the entire industry, creating an ecosystem by facilitating meaningful relationships, networks and collaboration.

CBWN is committed to providing service and support to female business leaders, entrepreneurs, business executives and home based sales leaders who have both successful and developing businesses and careers.

Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Rockies is a unique milestone-based coaching and seed stage financing program (incubator) for massively scalable technology and science-based ventures.

Crunchbase is the leading destination for millions of users to discover industry trends, investments, and news about global companies—from startups to the Fortune 1000.

Tools & resources for startups & entrepreneurs. Focus on released tools requiring no coding, cheap / free / have free plan, or otherwise worthwhile for bootstrapping startups. Initially made for entrepreneurship students @ Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. Featured on ProductHunt.

Cybera is a not-for-profit digital accelerator advancing Alberta's digital technology and cyberinfrastructure. Cybera is putting its cloud expertise to use to help Albertans launch new enterprises. These services are available to government, educational institutions, not-for-profits, and business incubators, as well as some individual researchers and entrepreneurs.

Canada's top accelerator for packaged goods companies.

DraperTV spreads the entrepreneurial mindset and stories from founders and leaders in Silicon Valley all across the world.

EdWorks supports the growth of the Alberta Educational Technology Industry by providing space, mentorship and business acceleration programming for EdTech startups. [Accelerators and Incubators]

Endeavor is the world’s leading community of high-impact entrepreneurs.


Hybrid accelerator/ venture builder accelerating the growth of Canadian companies with promising cleantech solutions for the energy industry.

Resource list for entrepreneurs and SMEs. Includes a dedicated list for women entrepreneurs.

Business tools to help you successfully manage, grow and promote your business.

The Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator program is a two-stream initiative funded over two years by the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, administered by Alberta Innovates. The purpose of this program is to offer support for prospective entrepreneurs with innovative ideas, recent graduates seeking employment and anyone who has the opportunity to create new products or concepts after service in a traditional industry sector.

Accelerator, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program, is the catalyst that enables first-stage entrepreneurs to catapult your business to the next level.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 14,000+ influential business owners with 193 chapters in 60 countries.

EvolveU is a private, non-profit educational institution designing learning solutions to address the skills gaps in our rapidly-changing digital economy.

F6S is where Founders grow together. Connect with Funding from Accelerators, Funds & Investors.

Platform Calgary and Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre have partnered to bring Foresight’s cleantech-focused venture development programs to Calgary in fall 2019. Foresight’s Launch program is a structured venture development program that helps early-stage entrepreneurs to grow their business.

The Founder Institute is the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator.

FrontFundr is the bridge that connects investors and entrepreneurs.

Harvest takes founders with disruptive ideas and provides them with world-class talent, funding, and support to co-build their startups into successful, fast-growing companies. By leveraging the unique infrastructure that built SkipTheDishes, Harvest develops and ultimately keeps such companies here in the Prairies.

Discover work that inspires with local startups and scaleups. Find your tech role with companies across Alberta. Join our community and get notified when new jobs are added.

Free and open source database tracking Canada's innovation ecosystem - accelerators, incubators, startups, government programs, angel groups, private equity and venture capital. Information is available on over 8,000 Canadian startups and investors.

Four ways the Hockeystick Database can help your company reach the next stage of growth.

Learn more about the different sources of financing you can get to start and grow your business.

Comprehensive program that will guide you through all the aspects of starting a business in Canada.

The Hunter Hub delivers and promotes programs which encourage entrepreneurial thinking and innovation.

Discover how to develop your Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to test your idea’s viability without investing huge amounts of time and resources. Working alongside industry experts, this business growth accelerator delivers you a validated, market-tested growth strategy in only 90 days.

Crowdfund innovations in tech and design before they go mainstream, and buy hundreds of unique products shipping now from Indiegogo's Marketplace.

Innovate Calgary is the innovation transfer and business incubator centre for the University of Calgary.

A one-stop-shop for Canada’s innovators and entrepreneurs.

Connecting scale-up businesses with accomplished senior executives so they can revitalize, rebuild and reimagine our economy.

Junction is a full-time residency program that helps you build a strong foundation as an entrepreneur and sets you apart from the competition, providing you with an unfair advantage when approaching investors, partners and customers.

Service provider for private capital markets investment software. Katipult is designed to be compliant with regulations, and allows firms to offer privately issued, exempt securities to non-accredited, accredited and institutional investors.

Kickstarter is an enormous global crowdfunding community built around creativity. Every artist, filmmaker, designer, developer, and creator on Kickstarter has complete creative control over their work — and the opportunity to share it with a vibrant community of backers.

Crowdfunding service - loans for Canadians by Canadians.

The Life Sciences Innovation Hub supports research-intensive companies to deliver commercially-viable products and services to market, by providing access to infrastructure, expertise, and startup services. [Accelerators and Incubators]

Lift Accelerator is focused on filling the gap of resources and capital needed within early stage startups helping to remove the barriers to building, launching and scaling up.

Lighthouse Labs has partnered with Assembly, Calgary's top coworking space, to bring Web Development Bootcamp and Intro to Web Development courses to YYC! Whether it's a full-time bootcamp or a part-time program, Lighthouse Labs offers coding education from newbie to professional developer. With the support of a brilliant team of instructors and mentors, you'll be ready to translate concepts, break down problems, and continue learning on the job.

Work in Canada’s most adventurous tech city. Find information about career fairs, jobs in tech and upgrading your skills. Follow the people, companies and organizations that make up Calgary's tech ecosystem.

We accelerate the impact of Calgary's innovation-driven ventures by providing access to space, programs, mentorship and capital. From first time entrepreneurs to established businesses, our advisors, coaches and partners are here to help in each stage of startup and business development. Previously known as Innovate Calgary.

Product Hunt surfaces the best new products, every day. It's a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations.

Calgary's original, community-based, member-driven makerspace, offering access to work shop space, education, community, and shared tools for your projects.

The RBC Generator is a $10-million pool of capital for investment in businesses that tackle social and environmental challenges, while generating a financial return.

Find local information to help your business make smarter, faster, better decisions.

Working together to advance and support social enterprise in Canada.

The Social Enterprise Fund (SEF) is a loan fund lending money to social enterprises in Alberta that want to make things better in the community and in the world.

Springwise curates and publishs the most exciting global innovations every day.

A tech community. Add your startup to the list of companies. Register as an accelerator, coworking space, investor or other supporting organization.

With our knowledge, know-how and connections, and a big “can do” attitude, Startup Calgary will guide and support you on your entrepreneurial journey, pointing you to what you need when you need it. (Accelerator)

Entrepreneurs working together to build a Canada for entrepreneurs and give a voice to the Canadian startup community.

Standardized term sheets for Angel stage deals.

A free to share communication tool to help understand startup journey, identify key stages and to help develop Startup from "idea to business" and from "founding team to organization" in balanced and understandable manner.

Startup Genome creates the world’s most comprehensive research on startups.

Explore advice, lessons and tips from our community of entrepreneurs and operators.

Canada’s Startup Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada.

Canada's Startup Visa (SUV) Program is intended to attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish new, high-growth businesses in Canada which will support innovation and job creation. To be eligible for the Startup Visa under this stream, entrepreneurs must be accepted into a program offered by a designated Canadian business incubator. Platform Calgary is one of the business incubation programs designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Global map of Startups listed by City, Country and Industry.

Strategic Timelines is a Calgary-based strategic marketing and business planning firm with over 30 years of expertise working with hundreds of talented entrepreneurs. Whether you are starting, growing, funding, or exiting your business, we’re here to successfully navigate you through each step and stage to ensure a smooth transition.

Consultancy service providing business development and financial advice and connecting entrepreneurs to investors.

Western Canadian Tech Directory. Tech West Canada is built for Western Canadian tech companies looking to grow. Connect with Western Canadian tech companies.

Techstars Anywhere is a (mostly) virtual Techstars accelerator--no relocation necessary. Through the power of the Techstars network and the use of technology we bring Techstars to the founders #Anywhere.

TECTERRA is a government-funded non-profit organization that assists geospatial technology start-ups, and small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to develop and commercialize technology.

TECTERRA’s Geospace has a wide range of electronics test equipment and end-use geomatics technology that can be leased by Canadian companies engaged in the development and manufacture of new technologies.

Blockchain for Business. Taking you from Hype to Happening with business and technical education, consulting and startup advise.

Thrive’s mission is to foster resilient communities and an inclusive economy. Thrive Incubator is a free business development program that targets aspiring and start-up social entrepreneurs. Thrive’s Accelerator program helps early-stage entrepreneurs fast-track their financial growth, while developing social change within their business.

Provoking innovation and building capacity in social entrepreneurship.

The Tundra ACE program is an exciting new initiative to help fast track the commercialization of near market ready technologies that solve some of industry’s most pressing problems.

UCalgary Crowdfund is a platform for members of the University of Calgary community to raise funds and awareness for the innovative projects they are working on.


Western Canada's water accelerator, where innovators develop the next generation of Canadian water technologies and solutions.

Resource list for entrepreneurs and SMEs. Includes a dedicated list for women entrepreneurs.

Coworking space where members enjoy a complimentary gym membership, a luxurious and spacious lounge, beautiful private offices, an abundance of meeting rooms, and much more.

A founder-first accelerator program, driving innovation in the industrial internet.