Nov. 10, 2023

Entrepreneurial thinking at the forefront for Innovation Week YYC

Join UCalgary for events throughout the week of Nov. 15 - 23
Justin Massar at Innovation Week YYC
Justin Massar pitches the Alberta Catalyzer program to a group of Innovation Week attendees Innovation Week YYC

Kicking off on Nov. 15, Innovation Week YYC explores what it takes to be a global innovation hub right here in Calgary.

As the event’s presenting title sponsor, the University of Calgary is hosting numerous events both on campus and around the city throughout the nine-day event.

“Being a presenting sponsor for Innovation Week YYC is really a perfect partnership for us here at UCalgary with the large amount of entrepreneurial, innovative work being conducted,” says Amanda Affonso, BA’00, associate vice-president of alumni, community and partnerships.

“We look forward to seeing our community come together and participate in some of the events across campus to see what we are doing first-hand.”

Here are some of the featured events to check out during Innovation Week YYC at UCalgary:

Hunter Hub Solutions Lab campus finale

Date: Nov. 21
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking  

Running several times a year, the Hunter Hub Solutions Lab is a unique future-skills building program that invites UCalgary students to participate in developing innovative solutions to a local or regional challenge. As the fall 2023 term closes, the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking presents Hunter Hub Solutions Lab, addressing sustainability on campus with support from Experience Ventures.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about sustainability initiatives and learn more about innovative solutions to sustainability issues impacting our world today. You will hear from the top teams from the fall solutions lab program, as well as judges and experts in the field of sustainability.

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A Healthier Future for All: Mobilizing Health Equity Research Into Action

Date: Nov. 22
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Red and White Club, McMahon Stadium

Join us as we officially launch the O’Brien Institute Health Equity HUB, which will act as a platform for researchers to collaborate with government and the community. This alliance will mobilize health-equity research into innovative changes to policy and practice, addressing persistent and challenging structural problems only solved through a focus on health equity.

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Newcomer Founders in Tech pitch competition and social

Date: Nov. 22
Time: 5 - 8 p.m.
Location: Platform Calgary, 407 -  9 Ave., S.E.

Innovate Calgary’s Newcomer Founders in Tech Pitch Event, in partnership with Platform Calgary, is a pivotal part of the BIPOC and Rural Tech Founders event series. This series is dedicated to fostering greater access to the innovation sector by accelerating startup companies led by diverse founders.

The event will also feature:

  • Resource fair
  • Networking opportunities
  • Refreshments

Learn more and register

TC Energy Ingenuity Speaker Series presents Jade Alberts

Date: Nov. 22
Time: 5:30 p.m.  
Location: Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking

Made possible thanks to the generous support of TC Energy, the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking presents the TC Energy Ingenuity Speaker Series. Three times each year, the series hosts inspiring innovators on campus and is livestreamed to reach a national audience.

The first event of the series features Jade Alberts, an entrepreneur and strategist and founder of Peer Guidance. He has had a successful career as a sales entrepreneur, which allowed him to understand growth, margin and profit. He now shares his knowledge with aspiring entrepreneurs as he believes a lack of capital should not get in the way of what one needs to succeed. He has exited a business and helped three others exit. Alberts is also an “angel investor” with more than 30 investments. The event features refreshments and discussion.

Learn more and register

Innovation Week YYC takes place Nov. 15 - 23 and is proudly presented by Platform Calgary and sponsored by the University of Calgary and the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking. This weeklong city-wide event brings innovators from across the city of Calgary. This year, Calgary's tech and innovation sector will be hosting more than 25 events including several hosted by UCalgary. Learn more about how the university is engaging in Innovation Week YYC or visit Platform Calgary's website.

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