As someone who has been on the leadership team of three Calgary tech unicorns while also bringing up my young family, I can vouch for this city as a great place to start and grow your business!
Calgary, Canada’s capital of energy and entrepreneurship, is rapidly transforming into a global tech hub. In 2020, Alberta tech startups attracted a record $455M in venture capital -- a 100 per cent increase from the previous year. Of that total, Calgary companies captured $353M over 33 venture deals. Calgary’s business community is also actively investing in the city’s digital transformation. Between 2021 to 2024, local companies are forecasted to spend $7.5 billion on innovation infrastructure. Much of this explains why the CBRE Scoring Tech Talent report recently ranked Calgary as one of the fastest growing tech talent pools in North America. Our startup support ecosystem collaborates extensively, rallying around a collective goal to triple the size of the tech sector to create 30,000 new jobs by 2031. The innovation ecosystem is further strengthened by the clear support of all orders of government through investments in the acceleration of the ecosystem, the creation of collaborative programming, and the development of a provincial innovation strategy. Ongoing partnerships between government, industry, and non-profits continue to make Calgary a business-friendly city that welcomes the world. Anchored by the new Platform Innovation Centre in the city’s core, Calgary’s innovation district is now the home of the city’s startup community and the catalyst ensuring Calgary’s innovation future.
Ecosystem by the numbers
Reasons to move your startup to Calgary
Low cost of doing business
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