Alberta's Start Up Community

About Us

Start Alberta is the digital platform and gathering space for Alberta’s tech community. Companies, founders, investors, students and anyone interested in our digital economy can explore our community and ecosystem through Start Alberta.
Alberta has always been an innovative, resilient and entrepreneurial place to be, today, we are bringing these values and mindset to the tech industry. Through our dashboard powered by Dealroom, you can explore the over 1000 tech companies that call Alberta home. 
Start Alberta provides a forum to share startup and investor content, press releases, investment deals and events, promoting the Alberta ecosystem locally and beyond.Beyond providing a comprehensive list of tech deal flow in the province, the platform provides a critical forum for telling Alberta’s entrepreneurial success story and enticing investors both internal and external to Alberta to invest in what Alberta has to offer. Data partnerships developed through Start Alberta ensure startups gain international exposure.
Powered by Dealroom, you can explore our ecosystem, take a look!

"Join The Community"

"The first step to connect with your future."

Start
Alberta Partners

Start Alberta is managed and supported by an array of ecosystem partners committed to fostering and supporting our tech industry and community. These include Founding Partners, Keystone Partners, Charter Partners, Promotional Partners and Friends of Start Alberta.

 

Founding Partners

Founding Partners

Keystone Partners

Keystone Partners

Charter Partners

Charter Partners

Promotional Partners

Promotional Partners

Friends of Start Alberta

Friends of Start Alberta

Job Postings

News

World-class tech database launches in Alberta, first of its kind in North America

The new Start Alberta Deal Flow Platform joins more than 40 other tech startup ecosystem solutions, including the UK, France, Berlin and Amsterdam

CALGARY, June 15, 2021 – Three leading organizations in Alberta’s technology industry today announced that the province will be the first location in North America to join a vast network of startup ecosystems with the new Start Alberta database, powered by Dealroom.

Initiated by the A100, Alberta Enterprise Corporation (AEC) and the Venture Capital Association of Alberta (VCAA) and in collaboration with a wide group of community partners, the new open-access database provides real-time data for founders, investors, corporates and government stakeholders, cataloguing the collective regional tech ecosystem from funding, workspaces and job listings, to accelerators, spinouts and exits. 

“The importance of tech startups to the Alberta economy has never been more acute,” says Tamara Woolgar, Executive Director, the A100. “Start Alberta data will provide an understanding of the sector at a macro level, empowering stakeholders with the knowledge needed to make fact-based decisions towards achieving sustainable growth and job creation.”

As the most comprehensive database on startups and funding in the province, Start Alberta provides insights on the health of the regional innovation economy while showcasing the Alberta startup ecosystem to the world. 

“AEC has driven forward this initiative because we see it as foundational in helping Alberta companies connect with both investors and ecosystem support, while gaining critical visibility to a global investor network,” says Christiana Manzocco, Director of Industry Development, AEC, and Interim Lead, Start Alberta. 

Start Alberta has partnered with Amsterdam-based Dealroom.co, the foremost digital SaaS data provider on startup, early stage and growth company ecosystems around the globe. Dealroom serves some of the world’s most prominent venture capital funds and corporations including Sequoia Capital, Accel, Google and Microsoft, and currently manages more than 40 white label solutions for global ecosystems, providing research, data curation and AI analytics support. 

“As our first dedicated startup database in North America, we’re excited to be partnering with Start Alberta to bring real-time data and insights, and the highest level of transparency yet to the Alberta startup and venture capital ecosystem,” says Yoram Wijngaarde, CEO & Founder of Dealroom.co. “With more than 2,100 startups on the Start Alberta platform employing more than 18,000 people, startups are an important economic and job growth engine in the region, and continue to attract record levels of investment.”

Start Alberta data partnerships with Dealroom, Crunchbase, and Pitchbook amplify awareness of Alberta’s tech scene to collectively reach more than 60 million people, including some of the most influential global corporations and investors in the world.

“The launch of this platform in Alberta is a first in North America and shows how our thriving tech sector is positioned to be a leading player globally,” says Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation. “Alberta’s tech sector is setting new records and this platform will help showcase our companies to even more global corporations and investors. I look forward to seeing how this platform will benefit our growing tech sector.”

Major players in Alberta’s tech industry are putting their support behind the Start Alberta database, including the SAIT School for Advanced Digital Technology (SADT) and ATB Financial. A core group of ecosystem organizations across the province are also backing the Start Alberta initiative, including Calgary Economic Development (CED), Platform Calgary, Innovate Edmonton, Edmonton Global, Health City, and the Edmonton Screen Industries Office (ESIO).

“This database is a critical tool to help our VCAA members and prospective investors discover investment opportunities in the province,” says Andrea Drager, VCAA Chair and Partner, Azure Capital Partners. “We are thrilled that this world-class platform is launching in Alberta.”

Events

The Most Promising Startup Entrepreneur Award

The Most Promising Startup Entrepreneur Award

The Most Promising Startup Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded to a dynamic early stage founder who deserves to be recognized for their coachability, community involvement and ability to launch a technology-focused company in Alberta. This individual has a pay-it-forward mentality and is always willing to help other entrepreneurs. Selection Criteria is based on being an Alberta-based founder or co-founder, having launched a technology- focused startup within the past three years in Alberta and being able to demonstrate community involvement.

advanced divider
The Rod Charko Service Award

The Rod Charko Service Award

The Rod Charko Service Award is presented by the VCAA on an annual basis to an individual that has gone above and beyond for the venture capital and technology ecosystems in Alberta. Past winners include David Edmonds, Brad Zumwalt, Alice Reimer and John Pinsent. Selection Criteria includes being able to demonstrate a commitment to entrepreneurial impact, demonstrate the impact of activities on the ecosystem and a long term, consistent commitment.

advanced divider
The Fast Growth Award

The Fast Growth Award

The Fast Growth Awards are presented to two tech companies that have demonstrated the highest annual revenue growth. One award is presented to a company under $5M in annual revenue and one award is presented to a company above $5M in annual revenue. Selection Criteria is based on review of financial statements and a demonstrated revenue growth of 25% or more in the past year and being technology- focused companies and headquartered in Alberta.

advanced divider
The Most Significant Tech Transaction of the Year

The Most Significant Tech Transaction of the Year

The Most Significant Tech Transaction of the Year is awarded to the tech company that has had the most significant acquisition or exit. Selection criteria includes a significant transaction that has been publicly reported and verifiable. Preference will be given to companies that have made a significant impact on the Alberta ecosystem Must be a technology- focused company headquartered in Alberta.

advanced divider
The Ecosystem Supporter of the Year

The Ecosystem Supporter of the Year

The Ecosystem Supporter of the Year is awarded to an organization known for its dedication to helping startups and entrepreneurs grow in Alberta. Selection criteria includes being an organization with a mandate to support Alberta-based entrepreneurs in the innovation ecosystem, demonstrating entrepreneurial impact and showing collaboration among other support organizations.

advanced divider
The Most Significant Cross-Community Collaboration of the Year

The Most Significant Cross-Community Collaboration of the Year

The Most Significant Cross-Community Collaboration of the Year award is given to the most significant cross-community collaboration which has moved the ecosystem forward. Example Collaborations involve Industry (Entrepreneurial Alberta Growth SME Tech Companies) working with Government, Service Providers, Associations, and/or Academia – in a manner that has provided significant benefit to tech entrepreneurship in Alberta.

advanced divider
The Tech Investor of the Year

The Tech Investor of the Year

The Tech Investor of the Year is awarded to an individual or investment firm that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year in Alberta’s tech sector. This could be demonstrated through an exit, early investment in a notable tech startup or realization of an earlier investment in the tech sector. Selection criteria includes the number of tech deals, amount of capital invested and number and dollar amounts of impact in Alberta. Preference given to those who have a strong history of investing in Alberta Preference given to those who have had a significant impact on the growth of Alberta’s tech ecosystem.

advanced divider
The Women in Tech Award

The Women in Tech Award

The Women in Tech Award goes to a dynamic woman who deserves to be recognized for her entrepreneurial success and ability to launch a venture-backable technology-focused company in Alberta. This individual has also demonstrated a passion to support gender equity and promote the advancement of women making a lasting impact on Alberta’s technology ecosystem. Selection criteria includes identifying as a female in the Alberta technology and innovation space, holding a leadership role in an Alberta-based startup (founder, co-founder or C-level executive) and having been in her role for more than 12 months. She also must have launched a venture-backable technology-focused startup within the past three years in Alberta and demonstrated year over year revenue growth as well as a passion to support and promote the advancement of women in tech in Alberta.

advanced divider
The Tech Deal of the Year

The Tech Deal of the Year

The Tech Deal of the Year is awarded to an Alberta headquartered tech company that has raised the largest amount of capital in its most recent fundraising round. The Selection criteria is based on capital raised and having been publicly reported and verifiable. Preference is given to companies that have made a significant impact on the Alberta ecosystem.

advanced divider
The A100 One to Watch Award

The A100 One to Watch Award

The A100 One to Watch Award recognizes one of Calgary and Edmonton’s early-stage companies that will be the “most likely to succeed”, as voted on by A100 membership. A collection of early-stage companies was compiled from Alberta ecosystem partners including Launch Party companies from Startup Calgary and Startup Edmonton.

advanced divider
Send a message

Site Navigation

Copyright 2021 StartAlberta. All Rights Reserved.

Icons by Noun Project
Images by Unsplash