Check out the resources available below to learn more about taking your first steps into the world of entrepreneurship.
The Hunter Centre is proud to work with innovative organizations from across Calgary, Alberta, and Canada. We act as a hub on campus for these innovative groups to engage with students with events and programs.
Entrepreneur Tools - An extensive list of tools and resources aimed at supporting startups and entrepreneurs. Many of the tools listed here require no coding experience, and are either cheap or free to use. This resource was produced by Mohammad Keyhani, an assistant professor at the Haskayne School of Business.
Free Online Courses for Entrepreneurs - Whether you have half an hour once a week or a couple of hours every few days to spend learning, these courses can help you better understand some of the common issues associated with running a small business. Best of all? They’re free.
The entrepreneurial ecosystem contains a wide range of support organizations that exist to help startups and small businesses grow.
To start, visit AlbertaIN. This is a community driven and community owned online directory representing Alberta's innovation sector service providers. This site can be used to identify the most suitable service provider to meet your business needs.
Some notable organizations that can support University of Calgary students, faculty members, and startups are:
|Innovate Calgary is where startups, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, industry and partners within the advanced technology sector take innovation and ideas to business.|
|A new research, innovation and commercialization corporation that will address global challenges, and increase Alberta's global competitiveness with made-in-Alberta solutions from the province's core strengths - agriculture, energy, environment, forestry and health. It's an investment in the growth and diversification of Alberta's economy.|
|Startup Calgary is a grassroots organization looking to inspire and grow the ICT entrepreneurial movement by building community through events and workshops. We connect people with what they need, when they need it!|
|Futurpreneur Canada is the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Their mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.|
|Chic Geek is a welcoming, supportive community for women exploring the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship. Through a mentorship program, networking, speaking events and basic technical workshops, we help women feel more comfortable using technology in their careers.|
If you’ve got an innovative idea and the motivation to take the next step, Business Link will give you the tools to make your business idea a reality, and connect you with the most relevant small business resources to help bring your idea to life.
|NSERC connects industry with world-firsts in knowledge and the people behind them, fuelling R&D and leading to firsts in the marketplace. Whether you are a professor looking for an industry collaborator, a company in need of research expertise, or a student interested in industrial R&D, they can help.|
|Concierge is a Government of Canada program delivered by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) that provides free advisory services for SMEs to find the programs, services and funding that are available at the national, provincial and local level to assist companies in growing their business.|
Founders Canada is a volunteer-driven non-for-profit dedicated to empowering startups and entrepreneurs. When you are starting a business you have million questions and sometimes a simple search won’t do. Founders Canada was born to change that and connect entrepreneurs with the right resources and people in the Canadian context.
|The Inc. is a coworking program powered by Innovate Calgary where physical space, mentorship, accountability and peer support combine to launch and grow a successful startup.|
|Assembly offers an affordable alternative to renting or buying office space. You get a secure and professional turn-key office with all the benefits of a large office. Rates start at $300 per month.|
|The Collective 12 | 12 is a redefinition of coworking. Combining the passion and support of our community of entrepreneurs, join an incredible group of like minded individuals in a one of a kind space. Bring your dreams & a laptop and let's start something incredible, together. We are a pillar of Calgary’s startup ecosystem with hundreds of thought leaders and hungry entrepreneurs who are engaging, innovating and accelerating big ideas.|
The Commons focuses on providing a vibrant work and social environment, networking opportunities, and both quiet and collaborative spaces for like-minded coworkers to strive within their craft.
|Work Nicer provides its members with a physical location to call their own, offering workplace necessities and an environment that connects them to some of Calgary’s most exciting entrepreneurs. Their space is filled with those looking to create and work in a place that provides more than just a desk.|
|District Ventures — a non-profit accelerator — offers a community for Canadian entrepreneurs. They connect innovative growth-stage companies in the food and beverage and health and wellness sectors with strategic investors, sponsors and commercialization support.
|Alberta BoostR is a rewards-based crowd-funding platform from ATB Financial designed to help Alberta entrepreneurs launch or grow their business.|
|The Accelerate Fund is a $10M early stage Angel co-investment fund available to early stage technology companies.|
|Fundica, Canada's most successful traditional funding identification and connection platform, matches entrepreneurs, private investors, public funders and advisors. Through unique crowdsourcing/crawler technology, Fundica provides an up-to-date, comprehensive and intuitive funding platform.|
|SeedUps is an online investment crowdfunding platform where ordinary individuals and sophisticated investors come together to discover, evaluate and invest in growing companies. Companies raise capital through a secure platform where they can pitch, attract and close investors. Investors execute investments online, and stay informed of investee companies’ activities.|