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

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...

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).

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...

Founded In Canada, Food & Agtech

This showcase is designed to provide pitch feedback and support to Canadian-based female founders in a specific industry or technology area.

Deadline: October 15, 2021

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...

THRIVE Canada Accelerator

The THRIVE Canada Accelerator supports early-stage startups from across the value chain whose technologies drive us towards a more efficient, sustainable, and secure agriculture future.

Deadline: November 5, 2021

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

Women in STEM Scholarship

Women studying in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and working to advance gender equality in their field can apply.

Deadline: December 31, 2021

Business Start Up Guides

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 Business Ventures Association

Building a stronger, more diverse tech industry.

This program aims to connect Black and Indigenous innovators with mentorship opportunities, business support, and a platform to help grow their business.

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

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...

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...

Entrepreneurial Education

Product Demonstration Program

This program is designed to de-risk the commercialization process by providing funds and coaching to high potential, high growth technology Alberta small to medium-sized enterprises.

Deadline: December 16, 2021

Government Subsidies

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,...

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.

Women in STEM Scholarship

Women studying in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and working to advance gender equality in their field can apply.

Deadline: December 31, 2021

Grants / Loans

#StandWithOwners

TELUS Business is a proud supporter of Canadian business. Apply for your chance to receive $10,000 and more.

Selected recipients will be announced weekly until October 31, 2021.

Alberta Digital Traction

Alberta Digital Traction is a funding program of up to $50,000 for small-and medium-sized Alberta enterprises (SMEs) that have software development at the core of one or more of their...

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

Energy Savings for Business will help eligible Alberta businesses reduce emissions, decrease operating costs, grow their operations and become more competitive, while creating skilled jobs and boosting economic recovery.

Honouring the Children Grant

On June 2, 2021, Calgary Arts Development made a statement announcing that we have designated up to $75,000 of our ArtShare Program funds to support artistic projects in memory of...

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.

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)...

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...

Indigenous Resources

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...

Honouring the Children Grant

On June 2, 2021, Calgary Arts Development made a statement announcing that we have designated up to $75,000 of our ArtShare Program funds to support artistic projects in memory of...

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...

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...

Pitch Contests

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Research

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...

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.

Community Resources

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