COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR ENTREPRENEURS and SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
Innovation Canada COVID19 Portal revamped their portal and now list Government of Canada programs that may be particularly relevant to this COVID-19 situation.
COVID-19 Continuity has a well laid out general resource page for business leaders, which is regularly updated.
For tech-based entrepreneurs a good place to start is the MaRS COVID-19 collection.
There are a number of online tools and databases you can use to find out what funding and programs are available to you or your company.
Innovation Canada funding, facilities, and services available in Canada.
Connectica funding, facilities, and services available to Alberta based companies.
StartAlberta: lists Albertan investors and companies that successfully attracted investment.
Tutorials, courses and self assessments
There are a number of courses and toolkits online providing information and tips for entrepreneurs and startups. They range in scope and cost.
A small selection is provided here to give you a sense of what is available if you just want to learn more about being an entrepreneur or you want some guidance on how to structure your thoughts about an idea you currently have.
Information and tutorial about intellectual property and the patent process.
How to Get Started
Startup Edmonton provides hands-on support as you explore and move your ideas forward. You can start with a workshop and then commit to your idea with , a year-round, part-time program of mentorship, guided sessions, and access to corporate partners to get your product to market.
Business Link helps entrepreneurs navigate the steps toward starting their own businesses by providing one-on-one support through its business advisors. They have great online resources such as the , which covers the major items you’ll need to get your business started or their market validation tools, which give you the basics on how to figure out if you have a market of paying customers. They also have services such as Ask a Legal Expert and the Immigrant Entrepreneur Program.
The following programs are delivered by TEC Edmonton and supported by ERIN and Alberta Innovates:
Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of business owners in 60 countries.
Staff, students & alumni of Edmonton post-secondary institutions
ERIN recently launched the Business Development Support Program, which matches students and staff with subject matter experts. ERIN also runs the Executive-in-Residence (EIR) program for Edmonton based post-secondary institutions. The relevant EIR for each institution is list below.
University of Alberta
The ERIN Post-Secondary Mentor for the University of Alberta is Luke Butterworth.
For assistance with intellectual property or related agreements please contact the Technology Transfer Services team (TTS).
eHUB is the entrepreneurship centre for students and the Venture Mentoring Service provides mentorship for graduates, faculty or staff members. There is also The Innovators Handbook, which gives a great summary of the innovation and commercialization resources available on campus.
The ERIN Post-Secondary Mentor for NAIT is Dale Schaub
The Mawji Centre for New Venture and Entrepreneurship is another resource available at NAIT for entrepreneurship.
MacEwan: The Social Innovation Centre offer programs, provides learning opportunities and hosts events that help people learn about and engage in social innovation.
Norquest: The ERIN Post-Secondary Mentor for Norquest is Dale Schaub
Concordia: The ERIN Post-Secondary Mentor for Concordia is Dave Damer.
A number of organizations collectively provide
spaces in Edmonton, St. Albert and Sherwood Park. Please contact them for
information about their status during COVID.
NABI has space in St. Albert
space in Sherwood Park and Edmonton South
Work Nicer has space in Edmonton and
Roundhouse is a space run by MacEwan
Prototyping and Product Development
The Productivity and Innovation Centre at NAIT features solutions for business innovation that includes product testing, technology adoption, training and certifications, productivity and innovation, applied research, and industry conferences and events. Red Deer College now has a Technology Access Centre. If you have an IRAP approved project you can get up to 20 hours of their time, plus materials and machine time, for $250. An example of a project is producing CAD drawings followed by 3D printing.
Mentoring and Money
Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (aWe) is dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses, providing unique programs and services to women at all stages of business through advising, financing, mentoring and network development.
Futurpreneur is a national organization that provides financing (loan program) and mentoring for entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-39.
Creative Destruction Labs-Rockies brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists from fields including energy, healthcare, software and hardware, and clean technology to mentor startups and help them raise capital.
Community Futures Community Futures has 27 offices across Alberta that offer loan solutions and business development services built for rural Alberta.
There are active angel investors in Alberta. Here are a few groups that are active in the technology space.
A100 and its members expand networks, connect people and share experiences with the people they work with.
Sprout invests in seed- and early-stage companies with series-A funding potential.
IRAP provides a range of services and funding for more established companies across Canada through its industrial technology advisors (ITAs) and their extensive network of regional, national and international partners.
Edmonton Trade Accelerator Program is run by the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce to provide essential insights, resources, and training to help companies develop and deliver an export plan.
Trade Commissioner Service has a broad range of online, Canada based and international assets available for Canadian business.
Alberta Trade & Investment also has a range of services that are specific to Alberta-based companies looking to export.
Export Development Canada has several financial products aimed at helping Canadian businesses selling into international markets.
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