New director a champion of “entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs” approach to business education

Edmonton, AB (November 1, 2016) – TEC Edmonton announced today the appointment of Lan Tan as its new Director of Entrepreneur Development. Lan has been with TEC Edmonton for six years on the Business Development team, and brings over 10 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and startup companies to her new role.

Coming from an entrepreneurial family, Lan began her career in international business as a liaison between industries importing and exporting to Europe and China.

“I believe in a hands-on, roll up your sleeves and work type of approach,” says Lan of her new role. “I’m looking forward to developing programs that will impart knowledge and tools for entrepreneurs to utilize.”

TEC Edmonton’s “entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs” approach Lan is facilitating comes from her experience as an entrepreneur herself who learned from watching others. Lan will partner with other Edmonton business service providers to create programs that facilitate formal sharing and learning amongst Edmonton entrepreneurs.

“Lan’s contagious enthusiasm and passion for helping entrepreneurs succeed has set her apart, and the Entrepreneur Development program will no doubt thrive under her direction,” said TEC Edmonton CEO Chris Lumb.

Part of Lan’s role will also be to oversee the TEC Edmonton accelerator space (opening early 2017) on the main floor of TEC Edmonton’s home in Enterprise Square, and to design industry-supported acceleration programs for early-stage technology companies.


About TEC Edmonton

TEC Edmonton is a business accelerator that helps emerging technology companies grow successfully. As a joint venture of the University of Alberta and Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, TEC Edmonton operates the Edmonton region’s largest accelerator for early-stage technology companies, and also manages commercialization of University of Alberta technologies. TEC Edmonton delivers services in four areas: Business Development, Funding and Finance, Technology Management, and Entrepreneur Development.  Since 2011, TEC clients have generated $680M in revenue, raised $350M in financing and funding, invested $200M in R&D, grown both revenue and employment by 25 per cent per year and now employ over 2,400 people in the region. In addition, TEC has assisted in the creation of 22 spinoff companies from the University of Alberta in the last four years.

TEC Edmonton was named the 4th best university business incubator in North America by the University Business Incubator (UBI) Global Index in 2015, and “Incubator of the Year” by Startup Canada in 2014. For more information, visit

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Media Contact:

Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard
Director, Communications & Marketing
TEC Edmonton