Be part of the movement. You might already be participating with your own business, organization, or service — and we don’t want to slow you down or replace you. We’re operating in the spaces between existing initiatives, creating new initiatives that benefit everyone already hard at work.
Join us at any of our meetings to get updates on initiatives, community highlights, and see how you can help.
Curious what's happening in the tech industry in Calgary? Join us weekly on Wednesdays for Lunch Without Lunch to hear about the players, events and news that are making our innovation ecosystem thrive. This weekly meeting is a regular check on the pulse of the community, open to people from any age, wage, or stage of company.
Power Hour is a chance for you to harness the collective knowledge of the community to help you get over your current hurdles in building your next big idea. It's also a great event for problem-solvers who want to flex their muscles and do some critical thinking. Held the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 5-6pm.
#LWOLyeg is an informal get-together for Edmonton entrepreneurs, small business owners, academia, investors, and service providers. Anyone looking to encourage collisions between people and create connections that will help drive the success of entrepreneurs in Alberta's innovation system is welcome to attend.
Connector is an informal get-together for Edmonton entrepreneurs at all stages (from ideation to exiting), small business owners, and service providers looking to encourage and promote collisions between people and create connections that will help drive the success of entrepreneurs in Alberta's innovation system.
Every 6 months we host a summit that helps us measure the quality of Alberta’s ecosystem using a tried and true Rainforest Scorecard Assessment tool.
Summit #6 took place September 26th. It looked at the new scorecard results, with regional context presented in partnership with the Calgary Innovation Coalition. Together, we will build community-led activations from its data. Report to be released in late October 2019.
Our first summit in September 2016 was held as a province wide collective. We scored 464/1000 according to the Rainforest Strategies framework — a failing grade.
Rainforest Alberta has set a goal of 800/1000 by 2020.
In order to facilitate a broader conversation, and address challenges unique to each city, Calgary and Edmonton currently host their own biannual summits.
As of October 2019, the score from the Calgary summit is 630/1000 (report to be released in late October)
As of November 2018, the score from the Calgary summit is 599/1000. See Calgary summit summaries.
As of November 2018, the score from the Edmonton summit is 643/1000. See Edmonton summit summaries.