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Inventures gathers innovators, startups and scale-ready enterprise seeking partners, advisors and capital. It’s a one-stop opportunity to gauge fast-growing players through pitch competitions and discover investment gems across the entrepreneurial landscape.


Inventures gives you access to investors, thought leaders and fellow entrepreneurs through keynotes, panels, pitch events and informal networking opportunities.

Researchers, Academics & Thought Leaders

Inventures provides multiple programming streams for discovery, sharing and deeper learning in emerging and transforming industries.

Business, Investment and Professional Services Providers

Inventures showcases solutions for the startup, scale and spread of knowledge and networks that tap into, feed and grow an ever-fresh global innovation system

Pushing boundaries:
seven compelling knowledge tracks



By 2050, the global population is estimated to reach 9 billion people. This is already creating unprecedented demand for food, water, and fibre. Innovations are vital to reduce food waste, maximize productivity of agriculture-rich regions and processes, while preserving precious land and natural resources. Enter an arsenal of technologies – from AI, to air and water sensors to robotics and biomimicry – addressing humanity’s growing needs.



Hybrid work choices are shifting how and where talent, communities and commerce converge. Capital follows talent, and talent is prioritizing purpose, diversity and inclusion. The digital shakeup of services and supply networks is creating a new era of entrepreneurship as interdisciplinary sciences and skills gain steam. As myriad options for digital nomads emerge, radical innovations in technologies and communication systems are redefining the nature of work itself.



Leaps in medical science mean people enjoy longer, healthier lives and someone born today will likely live to 150 years. A premium is being placed on preventive over acute care and independence over institutional living. Health professionals, support services and policy makers are rejecting orthodoxy to reimagine and transform lifelong care networks based on genomics, social determinants, precision medicine, pharma advancements and interconnected data trusts.



The 1960s race for the moon spurred an explosion of technologies for everyday life. As countries and companies continue to stretch for the stars, innovation is driving every mission. The moonshot mindset is motivating teams to achieve breakthroughs in quantum computing, fuel and propulsion, AI/ML, drones, logistics, data diagnostics and communications technologies. These extraordinary and everyday advancements are generating applications to make life on earth more sustainable, and life in space more possible.



Global energy demand means the pathway to cleaner, sustainable sources isn’t a straight line. Scientific creativity is generating bundled solutions, including hydrogen, renewables and geothermal to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions along entire value chains. Clean tech is leading to advanced materials that are stronger and lighter, new and natural chemical applications and polymers, and novel processes that underpin the future economy.



Economies that work better for everyone recognize value beyond sticker price. The largest wealth transfer in history is estimated to move $70 trillion from North America baby boomers to younger generations. Industries, companies, and wealth managers are incorporating new metrics of money-making and prosperity. A fintech hotbed of deal-flow models is rapidly emerging to monetize, capitalize and confront new societal and cyber-realities.



Urban dwellers and designers are co-creating adaptive technologies for vibrant, creative, livable cities. Whether rebounding from extreme weather events, or converting decaying infrastructure and neighbourhoods, resilience is key. From building materials, to engineering methods, to transportation, zero waste, utilities and amenities, keeping it natural is at the heart of greener, circular and smarter urban economies, communities and systems.


Inventures 2022:


Calgary TELUS Convention Centre

136 8 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2G OK6

Inventures Sponsors

Prairies Economic Development Canada

Prairies Economic Development Canada is the department that diversifies the economy across the Canadian Prairies. PrairiesCan leads in building a strong, competitive Canadian economy by supporting business, innovation and community economic development unique to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Servus Credit Union

Servus Credit Union is proud to sponsor Futurecasting Work programming at Inventures 2022.

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Calgary Economic Development

Calgary is an economic force and a catalyst for today’s trailblazers. This is a diverse city that embraces change and change-makers, and supports and sustains its communities and its people. There is opportunity here – to start a business, start a new life or start an adventure. And everyone is welcome to be part of the energy.


For more than 10 years, ERA has been investing the revenues from the carbon price paid by large final emitters to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative clean technology solutions. Since ERA was established in 2009, they have committed $616 million toward 186 projects worth $4.5 billion that are helping to reduce GHGs, create competitive industries and are leading to new business opportunities in Alberta. These projects are estimated to deliver cumulative reductions of 35 million tonnes of CO₂e by 2030.

NGIF Cleantech

NGIF Cleantech Ventures is a $50 million industry-led venture fund making equity investments in early-stage, high-growth startups with solutions that enhance the environmental and economic performance for Canada’s natural gas sector. NGIF is focused on growing cutting edge clean technology companies into commercial scale enterprises.

Economic Developers Alberta

Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is Alberta’s leading economic development network. For almost 50 years, it has been committed to advancing the economic development profession by providing resources, professional development and networking opportunities. As a non-profit organization, it is governed by a volunteer board of directors that represent the interests of its membership.

Innovate Edmonton

Headquartered in Alberta’s capital city, Innovate Edmonton leverages, unites and promotes home-grown innovation as a gateway to solving the world’s most pressing problems. We harness the power of the private sector, ground-breaking academic research and purpose-driven investment to build a shared prosperity and open international markets. From sustainable climate solutions to public health and digital education, Edmonton is a leading global centre for inspiration, ingenuity and inclusion.

Bennett Jones

Clients in Canada and around the world trust Bennett Jones to solve their most complex legal matters. What sets us apart from our competitors is our ability to deliver an outstanding client experience, our deep knowledge of our clients’ businesses and industries, our history of building long client relationships, and our roster of highly skilled lawyers.