Note from the President – May


2021 continues to provide challenges, but also many, many new opportunities for Alberta Tech Companies.  Whether it is additional MiTACS student funding, new Alberta-wide Accelerator  RFP’s, Alberta local RIN AGM’s, or of course Technology Alberta’s own FIRST Jobs program round 2 about to start it’s next round – Government, Academia, and grass-roots organizations are working together to provide Alberta entrepreneurs visibility, Access to Talent, and Capital – to help fuel Alberta’s Tech Sector to continue the exciting growth that it has shown so far this year.

Also special thanks to our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Members – a truly dedicated and passionate group of professionals that have great expertise in technical and business matters, and delivering it all with EDI principles in mind: Members include: Joanne Fedeyko – CEO Connection Silicon Valley, Founder Canadian Women’s Network; Cody Lowry – Director Chandos, North America’s largest B-Corp Certified Contractor, Alicia Bjarnason, PGeol, MA, CCIP – Past-President, Alberta Women’s Science Network (AWSN). EDI Specialist; and many others. Interested? Please send us a note, we would love to welcome more advisors – or provide any advice you may need.

In this newsletter – in addition to all the announcements of strong Alberta tech company funding and sector growth, be sure not to miss the opportunities such as:

Inventures Startup Pitch Event – Apply by May 14! The Inventures 2021 international startup pitch competition is happening September 22-24, live in Calgary. Pitch finalists will receive free registration to the Inventures conference, access to professional coaching and a chance to WIN $10,000 in funding! Startups will also receive tons of exposure to investors from around the globe.  APPLY NOW

Monthly Rainforest Connectors: Tuesday May 18 4:30-6:00PM Alberta Product Management Panel – Join a cross-sector product veteran session co-hosted by David Ferris (Senior PM @ Jobber, Director @ Product Edmonton, – Field Contract Services Billing Software> Director @ Calgary Associate Product Manager Program) and Product Managers from: Showbie – Education; AlphaLayer – Financial; DiveThru – Mental Wellness. Learn how this important role can accelerate the success of your company, by providing robust competitive products and scalable customer satisfaction.Register HERE

Tuesday, June 15 4:30PM: Alberta Entrepreneurs – Part of the New BioMaterials Economy

In closing – as always, we are interested in your input. Do you have ideas on how to make things better for Alberta Tech Entrepreneurs?  Contact us – and we would be pleased to listen, collaborate and connect.
Thanks everyone – and looking forward to seeing and hearing from you – soon.

Gail J. Powley, P.Eng
President, Technology Alberta