Resources

Helpful Links & Documents

The following is a list of valuable resources that can help you start, build and grow your business.

AG Tech / Food Science

Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program

This program supports the development and advancement of technologies that increase productivity, enhance competitiveness, boost the value of agriculture and forestry commodities, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Applicants are not required...

Alternative Market Channels Webinar

Many Alberta food entrepreneurs are familiar with the traditional market options available for them to sell their products – from farmers’ markets to food service to retail. But there are...

Canadian Agricultural Partnership

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial initiative aimed at generating economic growth in the agricultural sector and delivering the greatest benefits for farmers, food processors and...

Dentons Agribusiness Podcast Series

A podcast series looking at a key pillar to the Canada’s economic system, the agriculture and agri-food sector.  From farming to distribution, advancements in ag-tech, food producers and manufacturers, this...

Getting into Retail Webinar

An overview of the retail food market including: key market drivers, market trends and the benefits and challenges of selling in this market channel. In this first virtual workshop you...

How to Work with Us

The first step for working with Integrated Agriculture Technology Centre is to complete a client profile form that includes details on your company, the problem or issue that needs to...

Metabolomics & Agri Food Webinar

Find out how metabolomics is being used in many areas of agriculture, from analyzing crops, to assessing soils, to quantifying beef cattle performance traits, to detecting disease. Learn how it...

Pricing 101 Webinar Series

This webinar will explore the importance of knowing your actual cost of production and provide insight on how to determine your breakeven point. Join Marissa Brewer, new venture specialist with...

Youth Agriculture Education Program

The Youth Agriculture Education Program provides support for programming to help students engage in meaningful and informed conversations about issues that affect public trust in agriculture.

Awards / Scholarships

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Business Start Up Guides

BDC SWOT Analysis Template

This free SWOT analysis template will help you identify your company’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities and threats you are facing.

Business Financing Checklist

The following checklist is meant to be used as a starting point for determining how much money you need to start your business and where it will be coming from....

Certified B Corporation

Certifying as a B Corporation goes beyond product- or service-level certification. B Corp Certification is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance. The B Impact...

Cooperative Startup Checklist

The following checklist is meant to be used as a starting point for your cooperative that is both a business and an association of people seeking to meet a common...

Incorporation Resource Guide

Incorporation, a form of business ownership that creates a distinct legal entity separate from its owners or shareholders, is often an important consideration for women entrepreneurs who may want to...

Independent Contractor Guide

An independent contractor is a person, business, or corporation that provides goods or services to a hiring company under the terms of a contract. Independent contractors supply a broad range...

Black and Persons of Colour Resources

Black Business Ventures Association

At Black Business Ventures Association (BBVA), we are supporting an ecosystem that stimulates tech entrepreneurship and fosters economic growth for Black business owners. We develop programs that equip Black entrepreneurs,...

Black Entrepreneurship Program

The Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations, and financial institutions. With an investment of up to $350.8 million over four years,...

Black Mentorship Inc.

Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI) strengthens leadership opportunities for ALL people by connecting Black youths, professionals and entrepreneurs at different stages of personal and professional growth with experienced mentors through a...

Diversity and Inclusion Tools

4 Seasons of Reconciliation

4 Seasons of Reconciliation provides the foundational knowledge on the relationship between Canada, Indigenous Peoples, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). It promotes a renewed relationship between...

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Here you’ll find inclusion guides and education guides covering some of the most topical conversations and initiatives happening around diversity and inclusion in the Canadian workplace. An inclusion guide is...

Government of Canada

Take the Gender-based Analysis Plus Course This course is designed as a basic introduction to GBA+. You will learn to define the key concepts of GBA+ and recognize how various...

Inclusive Writing

The guidelines for inclusive writing are designed to help the federal public service and any other organization produce writing that is free of discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, ability...

Indigenous Canada

Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. Topics for the 12 lessons...

Unsettled: Journeys in Truth and Conciliation

Unsettled: Journeys in Truth and Conciliation builds upon the 94 calls to action of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, from the perspectives of Indigenous cohost Jessica Vandenberghe, settler cohost George...

Entrepreneurial Education

Alberta Catalyzer

If you have a business idea and want to see if it has potential, Alberta Catalyzer connects you to experts, resources and like-minded people to help catalyze your idea. Overview...

ATB x Accelerator Program

Looking for expert advice to grow your business? Want to connect with other business founders and achieve your goals? We help you grow – With ATB X experts, coaching and...

Catalyst Incubator

This cohort-based think tank exists to foster new ideas for business start-ups that connect into manufacturing, agriculture, technology, energy innovation, and more.

Deadline: December 19, 2022

Conversation with a Consultant

In this episode, our host Ron Bettin, Co-Founder of ReSourceYYC, CMC & Entrepreneur, talked with Pauline Patenaude, Sr Business Advisor/International Award-winning Certified Management Consultant. Their discussion includes CMC, experiences as...

Financial Literacy

Cash Flow

Cash is the lifeblood of any business. Managing it well is vital if your company is going to survive and thrive. This course will help you understand how and when...

Financial Fundamentals I

Many entrepreneurs sabotage their company’s success because they are unaware of how to properly manage their finances. This game will equip you with the basic financial knowledge and skills you...

Financial Statements

Understanding your financial statements and how they relate to one another gives you a full picture of your business’s health. This course will help you monitor your business’s financial progress....

The Finance Cafe Podcast

Welcome to The Finance Cafe Podcast, the business podcast for women entrepreneurs that breaks through the money taboo and explores what’s behind the numbers.

Government Supports & Subsidies

AgriInnovate Program

The AgriInnovate program aims to accelerate the commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase sector competitiveness and sustainability.

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Alberta Biz Connect

Alberta Biz Connect provided tailored up-to-date information to help small businesses comply with public health requirements, access supports, and find answers to questions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program

The Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program provides financial incentives in the form of grants to encourage private sector investment in new or expanded Alberta-based petrochemical manufacturing facilities, including those producing value-added,...

Black Entrepreneurship Program

The Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations, and financial institutions. With an investment of up to $350.8 million over four years,...

Boost Your Business Technology

The Boost Your Business Technology grant offers support to Canadian-owned small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to adopt new digital technologies. Eligible businesses will have access to a...

CanExport – For Innovators

Innovators from Canadian organizations may access up to $75,000 in funding to assist with research and development (R&D) for a single technology. We cover up to 75% of costs to...

CanExport – SMEs

Small and medium sized companies may access up to $50,000 in funding to assist with international market development activities. We cover up to 50% of costs for export marketing of...

Indigenous Business Directory

The Indigenous Business Directory is designed to assist and support Indigenous businesses in the pursuit of business opportunities, including federal procurement. This directory is a resource available to all levels...

Innovation Advisors

If you’re incorporated, ready to grow or scale, looking to create a new product, service or process — or just looking for advice — you might be eligible to connect...

Innovation Catalyst Grant

The Innovation Catalyst Grant (ICG) is an entrepreneurial fellowship designed to support recent graduates (Master’s or PhD) in STEM disciplines. This grant provides a 2-year runway for applicants to develop...

Tourism Relief Fund

This fund will empower tourism operators to create new or enhance existing tourism opportunities to help the sector reposition itself to welcome international visitors.

Deadline: March 23, 2023

Grants / Loans

Alberta Innovates Vouchers

Vouchers help Alberta’s high potential, high growth, technology and knowledge-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with technologies in the mid-to-late developmental stages but may include some early developmental stages. Eligible...

Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program

The Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program provides financial incentives in the form of grants to encourage private sector investment in new or expanded Alberta-based petrochemical manufacturing facilities, including those producing value-added,...

Boost Your Business Technology

The Boost Your Business Technology grant offers support to Canadian-owned small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to adopt new digital technologies. Eligible businesses will have access to a...

Canada-Alberta Job Grant

Eligible employers can get government funding to help employees and unemployed Albertans access training opportunities. Eligible employers are required to contribute a minimum of one-third of the total training costs...

Commercialization Associate Program

Alberta’s high potential, high growth, technology and knowledge-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may be eligible for funding to enable them to employ a highly trained resource with the goal...

ECO Canada

We provide 50% of a wage to eligible employers who hire the brightest minds in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) and Business. Students gain valuable on-the-job experience and employers...

Energy Savings for Business

To help eligible Alberta businesses reduce emissions, decrease operating costs, grow their operations and become more competitive, while boosting economic recovery.

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Innovation Canada

From funding to expert advice to driving new collaborations, our flagship programs and services are designed to help businesses innovate, create jobs and grow Canada’s economy.

Innovation Catalyst Grant

The Innovation Catalyst Grant (ICG) is an entrepreneurial fellowship designed to support recent graduates (Master’s or PhD) in STEM disciplines. This grant provides a 2-year runway for applicants to develop...

Innovation Employment Grant

The Innovation Employment Grant encourages economic growth by supporting small and medium-sized businesses that invest in research and development (R&D) with a grant worth up to 20% of qualifying expenditures.

Internet for Good

Provides thousands of low-income families in British Columbia, and Alberta and some areas of Quebec with the tools and connectivity they need to succeed. Recipients must have children under the...

Micro Vouchers

The Micro Voucher Program is designed to de-risk novel technological solutions. This is done by providing qualified high potential, high growth, technology or knowledge-based Alberta small and medium enterprise (SME)...

R&D Associates

Alberta’s high potential, high growth, technology and knowledge-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may be eligible for up to $67,500 per year for one year to enable them to employ...

Startup Global Pitch Competition

The TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good is a $100-million social-impact fund that invests in for-profit companies and founders committed to driving innovation and transformative solutions that help make the world...

Tourism Investment Program

Offers a tourism investment program to assist tourism businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits, and destination organizations  through a series of grant programs.

Immigrant / Permanent Resident / Refugee Resources

Futurpreneur Newcomer Loan

If you’re new to Canada and don’t have a credit history, Futurpreneur Canada wants to help you launch your business. We provide tailored support and eligibility criteria to reflect your...

HER Startup

HER Startup is the first of its kind entrepreneurial training and funding opportunity for refugee women. It aims to unlock their potential by providing them with the skills and training...

Immigrant Women Business Circles

The project equips immigrant women with the necessary tools to start, manage, and grow a business. Participants will undergo business development training that includes but is not limited to creating...

Indigenous Resources

Alberta Indian Investment Corporation

The Alberta Indian Investment Corporation is a First Nation-owned investment company providing lending and business resources for First Nation people in the province of Alberta. The entrepreneurial support we provide...

Community Futures Treaty 7

In the area of Entrepreneurship, CFT7 respects Treaty Seven cultural diversity autonomy while building the Treaty Seven Economy through community economic development and entrepreneur capacity building in order to assist...

Indigenous Business Directory

The Indigenous Business Directory is designed to assist and support Indigenous businesses in the pursuit of business opportunities, including federal procurement. This directory is a resource available to all levels...

Indigenous Business Planning Workbook

This Business Planning Workbook is designed to help Indigenous entrepreneurs create a business plan. Business plans are very important tools for people starting a business. A business plan is like a road...

Indigenous Made

The Indigenous Made campaign will help Indigenous businesses showcase their products and services to the general public, with the goal of increasing awareness. We’re proud to support incredible Indigenous entrepreneurs...

Opening the Door to Opportunity

Opening the Door to Opportunity seeks to highlight the economic contributions of Indigenous Peoples stemming from the spending by Indigenous governments, Indigenous-owned businesses and Indigenous households. It seeks to counter...

Pow Wow Pitch Podcast

Welcome to the Pow Wow Pitch Podcast, a show empowering Indigenous entrepreneurs.  On this Podcast, Host Sunshine Quem Tenasco, a Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg entrepreneur, author and creator of Pow Wow...

Tourism Relief Fund

This fund will empower tourism operators to create new or enhance existing tourism opportunities to help the sector reposition itself to welcome international visitors.

Deadline: March 23, 2023

Unsettled: Journeys in Truth and Conciliation

Unsettled: Journeys in Truth and Conciliation builds upon the 94 calls to action of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, from the perspectives of Indigenous cohost Jessica Vandenberghe, settler cohost George...

Women In Business Start Up Program

Are you an Indigenous woman beginning to explore owning a business and being your own boss? Would you like to manage your own time and work around your family’s schedule? Welcome...

Intellectual Property

Pitch Contests

Startup Global Pitch Competition

The TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good is a $100-million social-impact fund that invests in for-profit companies and founders committed to driving innovation and transformative solutions that help make the world...

Research

CARIE Bridge Process

Do you have a challenge you’re looking to solve? We may be able to help at the Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE).

Innovation Employment Grant

The Innovation Employment Grant encourages economic growth by supporting small and medium-sized businesses that invest in research and development (R&D) with a grant worth up to 20% of qualifying expenditures.

Jump Ball Initiatives

Rapidly connecting innovators to business innovation assets. The Jump Ball Initiative (JBI) taps into the innovative capacity and capabilities of the network of Canada’s 30 Technology Access Centres, including over...

Opening the Door to Opportunity

Opening the Door to Opportunity seeks to highlight the economic contributions of Indigenous Peoples stemming from the spending by Indigenous governments, Indigenous-owned businesses and Indigenous households. It seeks to counter...

Research Facilities Navigator

The Research Facilities Navigator is a directory of publicly funded research facilities that are opening their doors to collaborations with industry, academia and government.

Scale-Up Supports

Alberta Catalyzer

If you have a business idea and want to see if it has potential, Alberta Catalyzer connects you to experts, resources and like-minded people to help catalyze your idea. Overview...

ATB x Accelerator Program

Looking for expert advice to grow your business? Want to connect with other business founders and achieve your goals? We help you grow – With ATB X experts, coaching and...

Catalyst Incubator

This cohort-based think tank exists to foster new ideas for business start-ups that connect into manufacturing, agriculture, technology, energy innovation, and more.

Deadline: December 19, 2022

Chamber Market

Chamber Market is an initiative of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce in collaboration with local chambers of commerce province wide. 

Innovation Advisors

If you’re incorporated, ready to grow or scale, looking to create a new product, service or process — or just looking for advice — you might be eligible to connect...

Plug and Play Alberta

Plug and Play catalyzes technological advancement by connecting blue chip corporations with the brightest startups across the globe. They are building a world-class innovation platform in Alberta to attract top...

Technology & Innovation

Alberta Catalyzer

If you have a business idea and want to see if it has potential, Alberta Catalyzer connects you to experts, resources and like-minded people to help catalyze your idea. Overview...

Innovation Advisors

If you’re incorporated, ready to grow or scale, looking to create a new product, service or process — or just looking for advice — you might be eligible to connect...

Innovation Catalyst Grant

The Innovation Catalyst Grant (ICG) is an entrepreneurial fellowship designed to support recent graduates (Master’s or PhD) in STEM disciplines. This grant provides a 2-year runway for applicants to develop...

Plug and Play Alberta

Plug and Play catalyzes technological advancement by connecting blue chip corporations with the brightest startups across the globe. They are building a world-class innovation platform in Alberta to attract top...

Community Resources

In addition to the above, please check out these community resources that can support you on your entrepreneurial journey.