Partners - Inventures 2023


Partner Programming Opportunities

Expand your universe by being part of the Inventures experience.

Inventures provides an exceptional opportunity for dynamic businesses and non-profit organizations to offer conferences, forums or workshops that align with and complement core Inventures programming.

Partner Programming allows you to showcase ideas and innovations to a captive audience through the Inventures global lens, positioning your organization as key player in the innovation landscape. Be part of a rich and robust experience, extend your reach and promote your organization’s thought leadership.

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UCalgary Ingenuity Pitch Competition

Watch the top teams from UCalgary’s Ascent program pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a share of $40,000 in cash prizes. Ascent was established in 2023 as the continuation of the successful REHAB i2c and TENET i2c programs at the University of Calgary. The Ascent program provides funding and training to the top University of Calgary innovators to transform their research or early-stage startups into a commercial product or service.

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Bow Valley College

As Alberta’s largest college with 17,500 full- and part-time learners, Bow Valley College is a leader in business, health, community studies, creative technologies, adult upgrading, and English Language Learning.

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The Inventures Metaverse Experience – presented by Lethbridge College

Experience first-hand what metaverse technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR), motion capture, and more can offer industry. Listen to global leaders share insights on various topics, ideate and collaborate together, and meet new people – all within a virtual representation of the main floor of the TELUS Convention Centre. Explore some of the advanced technologies that the Lethbridge College START Centre offers which enable industry to digitize the physical world, experience the virtual world, and blend the two together. These hardware demonstrations will be live-streamed into the Inventures Metaverse Experience.

How to Participate Physically at Inventures
You can join sessions or demo advanced spatial technologies hardware by visiting rooms TELUS 101-103 on May 31 between 10:15am and 4:30pm and on June 1 between 9:15am and 4:30pm.

How to Participate Virtually
You can join sessions using the ENGAGE platform. For instructions on how to download ENGAGE, create an account, and join sessions, please register for the Inventures conference app. The instructions can be found in our session there.

Real-time Data Visualization AR Exhibit
Data visualization is an effective use of metaverse technologies such as augmented reality (AR). AR can provide novel and engaging ways to consume and interact with data. This exhibit, presented by Lethbridge College, provides an example of the possibility of visualizing real-time data collection. Participate in the exhibit physically at the Inventures Metaverse Experience – presented by Lethbridge College, virtually from home, or on the go. Scan the QR code below and share what Inventures theme you’re more excited about. Access the exhibit multiple times to see real-time updates of votes.

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Indigenomics Institute

Indigenomics honors the powerful thinking of Indigenous wisdom of local economy, relationships and human values. Indigenomics is about increasing the role and visibility of Indigenous peoples in the new economy. It is about understanding indigenous ways of being and worldview. Indigenomics draws on ancient principles that have supported indigenous economies for thousands of years, and works to implement them as modern practices.

Indigenomics welcomes you to an Indigenous worldview. It brings to the forefront human values and practice. It invites dialogue, and thought provoking insight into possibility of the Indigenous relationship both in Canada and beyond. It explores the pathway of the threshold of the indigenous relationship and modern economies.

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For the third year in a row, The51 and Alberta Innovates are pleased to present HerStory: a storytelling pitch competition built for women and gender-diverse entrepreneurs. Pitching to a panel of Capital Champions, 30 finalists selected across Canada will share their story, how they came to their idea and why an investment in their business will bring innovation, value and impact to their industry. Cheer on the finalists at this one-of-a-kind, story-based pitch competition that brings together founders, investors and community builders from across the nation!

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Regional Innovation Networks

Helping turn ideas into reality.


Innovation is happening everywhere across Alberta! Alberta Innovates funds eight amazing Regional Innovation Networks (RINs) that are entrepreneur-centric, community-based and dedicated to accelerating the growth of technology and knowledge-based businesses in all regions across the province.

The Calgary Innovation Coalition (CIC) is a group of organizations in the Calgary region that supports innovation-driven entrepreneurs, startups and enterprises. They hold monthly tactical meetings to ensure entrepreneurs are navigating the community efficiently and finding the services and resources they need to create economic prosperity.
The Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network fosters the entrepreneurial spirit that is present in Central Alberta and helps technology and knowledge-based companies move from idea to export in a faster, more seamless way. Their goal is to add diversity to the Central Alberta economy and promote innovation in sectors like smart agriculture, advanced manufacturing, and energy.
The Edmonton Regional Innovation Network (ERIN) is a coalition of organizations in the Edmonton region that supports innovation startups and enterprises. They provide programs aimed at improving market readiness, increasing profitability, and longevity, and help entrepreneurs start and grow innovative businesses.
The East Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network envisions a vibrant, innovative, and diverse business environment in the region that creates jobs and grows opportunities for local businesses to export to the global market. They are passionate about helping small businesses innovate, grow, diversify the economy and build a strong entrepreneurial culture in Alberta.
The Wood Buffalo Regional Innovation Network serves Northeast AB and supports initiatives, programs, services, and events that strengthen the entrepreneurial and innovation community in the region. They work to capture innovation on the front lines, attract technologies and talent, and inspire a whole new generation of entrepreneurs across Fort McMurray and the entire Wood Buffalo region.
The Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network provides innovators and entrepreneurs in northwestern Alberta with the resources, knowledge and connections to develop, validate, manufacture, market and launch innovations into the marketplace. Their expansive innovation ecosystem has access to resources and expertise in a wide variety of areas, in Alberta and across Canada.
APEX: Southeast Alberta Regional Innovation Network supports small and medium enterprises in the region to develop and commercialize new technology and knowledge-based products or services. They help industry clients accelerate technology development and deployment, grow their businesses and enhance competitiveness. They support research and the growth of business, and help the start-up community to build new technology and drive new ideas.
The Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta (RINSA) operates with a client service model focused on the client, outcomes and collaboration. They collectively assist start-ups and small businesses to successfully navigate the commercialization system through programs, services and resources, with a focus on technology and innovation.


No matter where you are in Alberta, there’s an innovation network waiting to help turn ideas into reality and make your mark on the world!