Edmonton, AB, Canada (February 26, 2018) – On February 22, TEC Edmonton was ranked #3 on the UBI Global list of World Top Business Accelerators linked to a university. In 2015, UBI Global ranked TEC Edmonton 16th best in the world, fourth in North America and third in Canada.

UBI Global is a Stockholm-based research and advisory firm that maps and evaluates the world of business incubation. They officially announced their bi-annual ranking at the World Incubation Summit 2018 in Toronto. TEC Edmonton is among 259 finalists from 53 countries selected from 1,370 submissions.

“It’s an honour for TEC to be once again recognized as one of the world’s best and to be a part of this worldwide community,” said Chris Lumb, TEC Edmonton CEO. “What this really says is that the whole regional innovation system is working. This includes the entrepreneurs, innovators and our corporate and government funders who are responsible for making this happen.”

As per UBI Global, a World Top Business Accelerator – Linked to university are business accelerators managed by, affiliated with, or that collaborate with one or more universities.

Over the last 18 months, TEC Edmonton:

  • Opened the TEC Innovation District: a vibrant street-level co-working space located in downtown Edmonton including 24-hour access for participants along with a full suite of services.
  • Initiated the TEC Launch Program: an initiative for entrepreneurs to scale up their business.
  • Started company recruitment for MerckInvents@ TEC Edmonton: an accelerator and partnership with Merck Canada

TEC Edmonton has several corporate and government partnerships including Alberta Innovates, National Research Council Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, Western Economic Diversification Canada, TELUS, Merck Canada Research Labs and DynaLIFE Medical Labs.


About TEC Edmonton
TEC Edmonton is a business accelerator helping 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 manages commercialization of University of Alberta technologies.

Since 2011, TEC clients have generated $915M in revenue, raised $444M in financing and funding, invested 246M in R&D, and grown both revenue and employment by 20 per cent per year and now employ over 1,900 people in the region. TEC has assisted in the creation of 27 spin-off companies from the University of Alberta in the last six years.

About UBI Global

UBI Global is a Swedish-based data and advisory firm specializing in mapping, highlighting, and connecting the world of business incubation. Through a network of more than 500 member organizations from over 70 countries globally, UBI Global provides matchmaking, ranking, benchmarking, and research services to corporations and business incubation programs.

Previous results from UBI Global’s studies have been featured on BBC Radio, The Chicago Tribune, Le Figaro, Der Standard, The Huffington Post, The Irish Times, France 3, and other media.

For more information: 
Jennifer Sheehan
Director, Communications & Marketing
TEC Edmonton
E: Jennifer.Sheehan@TECEdmonton.com
T: 780-492-0707