Edmonton’s technology entrepreneurs now have a new community workspace with the opening of TEC Innovation District. On Thursday, TEC Edmonton was joined by Honourable Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Dr. Larry Kostiuk, University of Alberta Associate Vice-President Research, City Councillor Andrew Knack, Jason Pincock, President and CEO of DynaLife, and Cheryll Watson, EEDC’s Vice President of Urban Economy to celebrate the space’s official unveiling.
The space, located in the hub of downtown Edmonton in Enterprise Square, is a point of entry for technology entrepreneurs to access mentorship and coaching from TEC Edmonton’s in-house team of entrepreneurs and experts.
Minister Bilous reiterated the provincial government’s support for the space and of innovation in the province at large, stating that “we need Alberta to be the place where great ideas begin and where they succeed.”
“Alberta small businesses have a bigger economic impact per capita than small businesses anywhere in the country, and support from incubators like TEC Edmonton are a big reason for it,” said Minister Bilous. “Their mentorship and expert advice for Alberta entrepreneurs means that working together we will continue to innovate, excel and build an economy for the future.”
“The Innovation District is much more than a workspace. We have an ‘entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs’ philosophy at TEC Edmonton, where business owners learn directly from people who have built successful companies,” says TEC Edmonton CEO Chris Lumb. “The street front space is another way for technology entrepreneurs to access our services.”
Companies interested in being a part of the program can learn more and apply here. Participating companies will receive, in addition to personalized mentorship and coaching, 24-hour use of the workspace, as well as access to TEC Edmonton’s network of partner companies.