Canada

Calgary

Activation Phase

Calgary’s position, as Canada’s headquarter city with bench strength in key industrial sectors, provides startups with the perfect environment to plug into large enterprises in feeding, powering, and moving the world.

David Chavez
Vice President of Platform Calgary

Sub-sector Strengths

Cleantech

Calgary, the corporate headquarters of Canada’s energy sector, is home to 115 of the nation’s largest companies. Creative Destruction Labs (CDL) at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business runs a dedicated stream for energy startups. In its first year, the program had 26 ventures join and 13 graduate. Startups involved raised about $14 million. In addition, Blackline Safety, a manufacturer of safety monitoring technology, raised $8.2 million and Veerum, an industrial IoT company, raised $3.3 million in 2018.

Life Sciences

Home to North America’s leading microbiome lab and soon the largest cancer hospital in Canada, Calgary is a leader in health services. The University of Calgary, with its $360 million annual research budget, recently launched a Life Sciences Innovation Hub. Circle Cardiovascular, a global leader in cardiac imaging solutions, raised $16 million in Series A funding in 2018.

Why you should invest in Calgary

SOFTWARE STARTUP OUTPUT
150-300
GLOBAL AVG.
1,010
ECOSYSTEM VALUE
$2.7 bn
GLOBAL AVG.
$5 bn
Top 5 Activation Ecosystem
Connectedness
Top 15 Global Ecosystem
Cleantech
5
Exit Growth
INDEX
9
Output Growth
INDEX
2
Funding Growth
INDEX

Reasons to move your startup to Calgary

EARLY-STAGE FUNDING PER STARTUP
$173 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$284 k
TOTAL EARLY-STAGE FUNDING
<$50 m
GLOBAL AVG.
$837 m
SOFTWARE ENGINEER SALARY
$58 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$58.3 k

Livable and affordable

In 2018, Calgary was named the most livable city in North America, and the fourth-most livable in the world.

Base of talent and knowledge

Calgary has the highest number of patents filed per capita in Canada and 27% of post-secondary graduates are in STEM fields.

Startup Community

Startup Genome
Partners & Members

The A100
Alberta Enterprises
Assembly Coworking Space
Azure Capital
Calgary Economic Development
Creative Destruction Lab
Doyon Management Consulting
District Ventures and IBM Innovation Space
Exhibition Capital
Innovate Calgary
Panache Ventures
Relay Ventures
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
Startup Calgary
Valhalla Angels
Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta
Zone Startups

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Claire Bourgeois
Claire is a passionate community-builder, connector and creator interested in how technology can help solve world issues. With a background in communications as well as creative outlets like photography, writing and music, Claire strives to welcome everyone, no matter their background, into Calgary's innovation ecosystem.
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