Alberta Innovates seeking innovators for international competition

The global innovation conference takes place June 5-7 in Calgary and is the single largest source of venture capital in Canada

Mario ToneguzziAlberta Innovates is looking for innovators to participate in an international pitch competition as part of Inventures 2019.

The global innovation conference takes place June 5-7 in Calgary and is the single largest source of venture capital in Canada, bringing together the brightest ideas in emerging technologies that are transforming economies, industries and communities across the globe.

“Inventures is a great opportunity to attract leading startups to Alberta, showcase the outstanding support that Alberta provides to innovators, and help local entrepreneurs connect with a global ecosystem of peers,” said Alberta Innovates CEO Laura Kilcrease, in a statement.

“This event gives top innovators from around the world a jump-start to success, right here in Alberta. It erases the boundaries between innovators and investors, helping to open doors and to open minds.”

Laura Kilcrease
Laura Kilcrease

Alberta Innovates said six pitch competition winners receive $10,000 in funding, free registration, and access to professional coaching. They will get exposure to funding organizations, including members of the National Angel Capital Organization, representing over 40 networks comprised of over 3,000 Angel investors across Canada.

“Another terrific addition to this year’s event is keynote speaker Michele Romanow, a prolific angel investor and panellist on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. Romanow started five companies before her 33rd birthday and is co-founder of Clearbanc, which gave entrepreneurs more than $100 million in funding in 2018. She is the only Canadian on Forbes’ ‘Millennial on a Mission’ list,” said Alberta Innovates.

It said there are six categories for pitch session submissions: Building Smarter Cities, Blockchain Breakthroughs, Integrating the Artificial Mind, Feeding a Hungry Planet, Health Systems for a Global Village and Greening a Blue Planet.

Applying to the pitch competition is free, and submissions are due March 15. In 2018, 32 finalists were selected to pitch, and have continued to advance their companies, added Alberta Innovates.


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