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Canada is one of the most welcoming and favourable countries for businesses looking to move or expand, and Calgary is arguably your best bet. After all, we have the highest head office concentration and the most patents per capita in Canada. Plus, Canada ranks #1 for Business Environment of the G7 countries (for forecast period 2016-2020). It also has the lowest total tax rate and one of the most generous R&D tax incentives of the G7 countries.

In this section, you’ll find tools and resources to support business development in Canada. We also have plenty of resources for established businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups. Browse for:

  • details on grants, financing, and angel investors
  • demographics and forecasting information
  • guides and advice for goods importers and exporters
  • help and tools to expand your business
  • immigration and employment resources

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Small shared coworking and office space in amazing Sunalta YYC that provides high quality private office and desk rentals and great amenities, without the large up-front costs of long-term leases and build outs.



Oil & gas–focused private equity firm.

Igniting growth for B2B startups and scaleups. Growth Academy helps companies and people level up their sales, marketing, product management, and people capabilities to realize better results.



Establishing a substantive value proposition is critical if you want to start the journey from your “idea” to building a successful company.

This article showcases Best Startup Canada's top picks for the best Calgary-based Analytics companies.




Map of Calgary coworking spaces created by Calgary Economic Development.

The A100 is Alberta’s community of seasoned technology founders & executives.

ACAMP is a unique industry-led product development centre that advanced technology entrepreneurs count on to move their innovation from proof-of-concept to manufactured product by providing access to multidisciplinary engineers, technology experts, unique specialized equipment, and industry acumen.

The Accelerate Fund is an early stage, Angel co-investment fund available to Alberta technology companies.

The Accelerator is a Canadian seed accelerator that provides curriculum, services, seed money, mentors, and connections during two five-month programs each year.

Marketing consultants helping start-up and grow Calgary companies.

Acuspire is your personalized, automated recruiter. It utilizes advanced technologies to connect candidates with suitable employment. The more you interact with the system, the better it becomes at finding jobs that you really want.

Find agriculture and food products and services from Alberta, Canada. This catalogue was designed for you as an international importer, distributor or buyer located outside of Canada.

The most comprehensive database of food processing industry and its associations in Alberta.

Information for Alberta companies considering exporting their products abroad and for companies from around the world interested in investing in Alberta.

ACTia has worked with some of Alberta's leading entrepreneurs, concierges and investors to develop this two-page guide to the key resources & services within Alberta's clean Tech ecosystem.

Free Alberta business search. Search for companies that are registered in Alberta by name or explore by city.

The dashboard compiles the Alberta economy's most important indicators for businesses in one place.

AEC invests in venture capital funds that finance early-stage technology companies and that have a commitment to Alberta.

Funding to help export-ready companies and non-profit organizations enhance access to international markets and attract global buyers.

Tax credit to support medium and large-scale productions filming in Alberta.


The Alberta Geomatics Group acts as a facilitator to promote geomatics innovations amongst the sectors and augment business development opportunities.

Supports and accelerates research, innovation and entrepreneurship in all sectors in Alberta.

The Alberta IoT Association is a not-for-profit consisting of organizations with a vested interest in the success of the Internet of Things in the province of Alberta.

The Ministry of Labour and Immigration delivers programs and policies to support a diverse workforce, promote safe, fair and healthy workplaces and attract skilled workers.

This grant supports smaller budget Alberta productions and contributes to government’s goal of growing Alberta’s cultural industries.

An inventory of private and public sector projects in Alberta valued at $5 million or greater.

Not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses by providing unique programs and services to women at all stages of business.

AlliedVP is one of Canada’s newest angel investor groups dedicated to diversifying Western Canada’s funding ecosystem for technology entrepreneurs and investors.

AltaML conceptualizes, develops, and commercializes machine learning (ML) software products.

BDC research on issues impacting small and medium-sized businesses in Canada.

Are you ready to raise capital? Check out the questions investors ask and be prepared for the real thing.

Where tech companies fundraise, recruit and launch.

If you want to produce innovative apparel for the consumer market or the industrial protective clothing market, you can get help from concept to final prototype.

Applied research for industry partners. [Accelerators and Incubators]

Assembly is a coworking space located in Calgary’s vibrant Kensington neighbourhood offering a comfortable, casual office environment with amenities and social opportunities suited to tech start-ups and small businesses.

A rewards-based crowdfunding platform from ATB Financial designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Alberta.

ATB Capital Markets offers holistic corporate and capital markets advice, combined with robust financial solutions to help businesses thrive. We’re a full-service investment dealer for key industries on the cusp of a new era.

The place for entrepreneurs in Calgary and Edmonton to get advice, banking solutions and connect with experts.

ATB Financial has a wealth of expertise and knowledge to share with Alberta business owners. Learn about business solutions, and get advice from experts and partners.

ATB's dedicated experts are here to support Albertan industries with experience and sound advice.

Intensive, 14-week business accelerator program supports Albertan entrepreneurs from diverse industries.

A multi-institutional, multi-phase program that matches youth with existing organizations and
community-embedded projects that have demonstrable impact.

Canadian venture investor with over 20 years of experience in financing early-stage innovative business opportunities.

Avatar Innovations is the ground-breaking initiative generating, implementing and funding energy innovation. By empowering leadership inside oil and gas to champion disruption, rather than be displaced by it, Avatar fills the needed gap in the innovation ecosystem to truly create a new energy future.

The AWESOME Accelerator provides 10 weeks of focused learning, sales development and connections for women entrepreneurs in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Accelerator is designed to help increase sales for women-led food processing businesses.

Azure Capital Partners is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in the information technology industry using an investment research approach to venture capital investing.



The Baseline Cyber Security Controls for Small and Medium Organizations V1.2 is an UNCLASSIFIED publication intended for small and medium organizations in Canada that want recommendations to improve their resiliency via cyber security investments.

The Business Development Bank of Canada is the only financial institution devoted exclusively to Canadian entrepreneurs.

Full spectrum of specialized financing.

Access information on business loans.

The BDC Capital Women in Technology (WIT) Fund is one of the world’s largest venture capital funds dedicated to investing in women-led technology companies. Women are under-represented and under-funded in technology and investment companies. BDC wants to change that. We will invest $200 million over the next five years to help bridge this gap.

Beauseant Capital Partners is a seed stage incubator with a focus on technology startups. Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Designed to help entrepreneurs identify, anticipate and manage potential legal concerns early in the development of their businesses, on a cost-effective basis.

BetaList is a community of makers and early adopters showcasing their startups and exchanging feedback.

Access to thousands of reviews, reports, directories, and listings to help make smarter business decisions.

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, it will help Black Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.

Black-led/Black-serving organizations in Calgary.

Business bank accounts and plans.

Business and wealth management services for women.

Boast Capital helps innovative companies in the U.S. and Canada recover their R&D costs from the government.

The BBG is a definitive guide for downtown office buildings, suburban office buildings, industrial and retail building information, and market commentary.

BOWEN Group is Canada’s leading recruitment and contractor management firm. BOWEN's people-first approach means they celebrate diversity and value inclusion, not only as a social imperative but also as a sound business strategy.

Boyden’s Canadian partners work collaboratively with clients for their executive search and consulting needs. Boyden's global reach ensures its client's needs are served anywhere they conduct business. Each office has specific expertise driven by the regional and local economy.

Provides practical, specific, and insightful advice from nine Vancouver-based leaders whose ventures are active in Asian markets.

Builders VC is a new venture capital firm focused on supporting entrepreneurs modernizing traditional industries through the deployment of technology platforms. The fund will invest in North American Series A stage startups disrupting long-established sectors including healthcare, agriculture, industrials, and real-estate.

This web service identifies all development permit, land use amendment, or subdivision applications that have been received by Development & Building Approvals.

From Statistics Canada. Building permits by type of structure and area, adjusted monthly.

A feminist equity venture capital company investing in strategically led companies run by women.

Providing resources and information to help Canadians get their businesses going and growing.

Find the right programs and services, whether you’re starting out or scaling up.

From start-up to succession, these business guides & templates can help you through key phases of business development and growth.

EY's award-winning Business Immigration team consists of lawyers and professionals who focus on US and Canadian immigration law.

Business growth consultant. Focusing on strategic planning and development, Business Instincts Group helps companies reach their full potential.

Apply online or in person for a City of Calgary business license.

Licensed businesses open dataset for the City of Calgary.

Network serving Alberta entrepreneurs to help make their business succeed.

Streamlining your business permit and licensing experience.

Use BDC’s free productivity benchmarking tool and find out in just a few minutes where you stand compared to other Canadian businesses in your industry.

Subscribe to twice weekly reports to receive a continuous source of marketing, credit, construction and statistical data.

From Service Alberta, learn how to register your business in Alberta.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has launched the new Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program in western Canada. It comprises two program streams designed to fuel economic growth through innovation and create more well-paying jobs for Canadians. On December 3, 2018, WD opened the first call for proposals for the REGI Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program stream.

Use this checklist as a starting point for your business.

From Service Alberta, information about running a business in Alberta.



C100 is a non-profit, member-driven association of Canadian thought leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area committed to supporting and accelerating the innovation economy in Canada.

Semi-annual report providing key economic indicators and forecasts for the City of Calgary.

Private office shared workspace with two locations in the heart of the Calgary Beltline.

List of Calgary's eleven Business Improvement Areas (BIAs).

Executive offices and business centre in Downtown Calgary.

CCIS (Calgary Catholic Immigration Society) is a non-profit organization which provides settlement and integration services to all immigrants and refugees in Southern Alberta.

Calgary's main connector of people, ideas and stories for over 126 years.

Upgrade from the home office. Discover coworking in Calgary.

Helping unemployed Albertans in the Calgary area explore career and training options and find jobs.

Calgary Foundation fosters partnerships to build a strong charitable sector that serves the needs of all members of the community.

CIWA supports immigrant and refugee women, girls and their families.

The Calgary Innovation Coalition (CIC) is a collective of 17 organizations who support entrepreneurs with ideas for highly scalable technology-enabled startups. The CIC supports Business Development Advisors (BDA’s) who primarily work with Calgary-based early stage technology companies to refine and improve their business models.

Access Calgary Public Library Business, Law & Investing eLibrary resources by registering for a free public library card.

Access business-related programs and events with your Calgary Public Library card.

The Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC) is a small, robust not-for-profit organization that seeks to effectively and efficiently connect newcomer professionals with strategies designed to lead to successful employment outcomes.

Data in CalTRACS displays counts of pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles at intersections and on streets across the city.

Flexible co-working and shared office spaces. Shared spaces offer uncommon amenities and the ability to collide with other like-minded individuals. Community for businesses and entrepreneurs to work, meet and connect.

The Canada Business App makes it easier for small businesses to navigate government services and provides tailored recommendations and personalized notifications on funding applications.

Online platform connecting startups with a global network of angel investors and crowdfunding services.

Scoring Canadian Tech Talent is a comprehensive analysis of labour market conditions, cost and quality for highly-skilled tech workers.

A free online search platform of Canadian businesses launched in 2018.

The voice of Canadian businesses and the largest business association in Canada.

CDMN programs are offered through the network and provide tech companies with national and international opportunities via workshops, tools, events and funding opportunities.

Canadian firms, including pipeline operators and upstream exploration and production companies, are active in dozens of oil and gas producing countries worldwide. Canada can offer a wide range of services and products in oil and gas from grass roots exploration, pipeline construction and operation, to end of production abandonment, reclamation and remediation and more. The Guide is available in several languages.

CETAC-WEST is a private sector, not-for-profit corporation committed to helping small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engaged in the development and commercialization of new environmental technologies. (Accelerator)

An ever evolving and growing directory of active (or beta) online financial technology platforms and service providers in Canada such as crowdfunding portals, real estate investing, P2P marketplace lenders, blockchain initial coin offering providers, aggregators, consultants and agencies.

Provides summary reports and lists of companies importing goods into Canada.

Search over 1,000 categories and 11,000 companies representing the service and supply industry in Canada.

Search for Industrial and manufacturing products and services.

Financial support for your small or medium-sized firm’s development of new export opportunities

Create your visual business model or SWOT model with Canvanizer, business brainstorming blackboard, modelling tools.

Resources for small businesses and careers at the Calgary Public Library.

Providing the latest information, tools and resources to support and advance Canada's oil and gas workforce.

Statistical information for the 2011 Census of Population program.

Statistical information for the 2016 Census of Population program.

Since 1988 the Centre for Newcomers (CFN) has been a key resource for immigrants and refugees of all nationalities in Calgary. A social profit organization, CFN views the integration of newcomers as a two-way process of experience, influence and impact between newcomers and the communities that welcome them.

Chic Geek is a Calgary-based non-profit building a welcoming, supportive community for women at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship.

Chrysalix is a technology focused venture capital company that builds, mentors and connects high-growth companies.

CIBC provides the right tools and advice so you can focus on what matters most — your business.

The Census Results book contains a summary of current data, historical data, ward comparisons, and ward and community summaries.

The Canadian Cluster Mapping Portal is a national economic initiative that provides millions of open data records on industry clusters and regional business environments across Canada.

Accelerator and coworking for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Colony is a premiere photo studio and available for commercial photo and video shoots.

ComIT is a charity which aims to develop a community that links people struggling to overcome employment barriers with companies looking for talented IT professionals.

List of commercialization resources for businesses and industry.

Get a desk at Calgary's boutique coworking office. Share a space with talented entrepreneurs, businesses, freelancers and innovators.

Small business specialists connect you with the skills, financing and resources you need to turn business ideas into reality in rural Alberta.

Community-specific information based on Federal Census of Canada and Calgary Civic Census data.

Communo is a talent optimization platform that matches highly-vetted talent with advertising agencies and brands looking to staff projects or positions. Communo connects professionals across the entire industry, creating an ecosystem by facilitating meaningful relationships, networks and collaboration.

Request a Hoovers company list from Calgary Economic Development. Email research (at)

Learn about the top companies in Calgary across a number of sectors, including creative industries, energy, financial services, green economy and transportation and logistics.

Your guide to doing business in Calgary.

CBWN is committed to providing service and support to female business leaders, entrepreneurs, business executives and home based sales leaders who have both successful and developing businesses and careers.

Alberta's web portal connecting innovators to funding, programs, services and more.

This site connects Calgary job seekers with immediate opportunities in our city. If you’ve been displaced by COVID-19 and are looking for work in Calgary, browse current job postings. If you’re a company looking for the right talent in Calgary, post the job(s) you have open.

Identify foreign representatives in Canada.

COVID-19 programs, services and resources for Canadian businesses operating internationally.

This guide uses fictional cases studies based on interviews with real companies to show how the CPTPP opens and accelerates the usual way of doing trade among participating nations, what that means for firms and how Canadian exporters and importers can take advantage of the new opportunities.

Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Rockies is a unique milestone-based coaching and seed stage financing program (incubator) for massively scalable technology and science-based ventures.

TerraHub is now Credivera. Credivera is a technology platform that provides proof of certifications and work experience.

Crunchbase is the leading destination for millions of users to discover industry trends, investments, and news about global companies—from startups to the Fortune 1000.

An arts hub, innovative venue and coworking space for Calgary to experiment, explore and spark change.

Culinary Coworking© is a shared kitchen and coworking space for culinary entrepreneurs in Calgary.

Tools & resources for startups & entrepreneurs. Focus on released tools requiring no coding, cheap / free / have free plan, or otherwise worthwhile for bootstrapping startups. Initially made for entrepreneurship students @ Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. Featured on ProductHunt.

Licensed customs brokers in Calgary.

Cybera is a not-for-profit digital accelerator advancing Alberta's digital technology and cyberinfrastructure. Cybera is putting its cloud expertise to use to help Albertans launch new enterprises. These services are available to government, educational institutions, not-for-profits, and business incubators, as well as some individual researchers and entrepreneurs.

Free suite of enterprise-grade cybersecurity products — made by Canadians, for Canadians.



The DAIR Cloud program helps accelerate product development and improve the market competitiveness of small and medium-sized Canadian companies. With DAIR, businesses receive free cloud resources that enable rapid and scalable product design, prototyping, validation and demonstration.

Find publications, statistics, reports and studies published by Alberta Economic Development and Trade, as well as links to information resources and repositories to help you learn more about the province of Alberta. Connect your business with resources to trade and invest.

Comprehensive database on startups and funding in Alberta.


View population data by selected ethnic origins based on the Canadian National Household Survey information.

Dentons Calgary offers clients seamless and efficient service in almost every area of business law and litigation.

Bringing together data, tools and reports from across the government to provide you the latest information on digital economy and society.

The Digital Strategy Fund encourages an overall approach that helps support Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations in understanding the digital world, engaging with it, and responding to the cultural and social changes it produces. The Fund will support initiatives that aim at developing a user-centred culture of innovation, a rethinking of organizational culture, work procedures and leadership styles, and finally, the adoption and deployment of available technological solutions.

Find Canadian companies that can supply your organization with the goods, services and the technology it needs.

Canada's top accelerator for packaged goods companies.

See what Downtown Calgary has to offer.

DraperTV spreads the entrepreneurial mindset and stories from founders and leaders in Silicon Valley all across the world.



Economic analysis provided by The City of Calgary Corporate Economics.

Economic and population outlooks provided by The City of Calgary Corporate Economics.

Updated forecast and analysis of various economic indicators that show signs of how Alberta's economy is performing.

Economic analysis and key indicators related to Alberta’s economy, labour market and various sectors within the province.

EDGE UP (Energy to Digital Growth Education and Upskilling Project) is a short-term skills development program for mid-career Oil and Gas professionals who have been displaced from the Oil and Gas sector in Calgary to help them gain employment in Calgary’s high-demand, high-growth digital technology opportunities across all industries.

Calgary's HQ for collaborators, innovators and visionaries. The Edison is the first of its kind in Calgary. An office building located in the heart of the downtown core, dedicated to developing a solid business community through cultivating connections and providing spaces (including coworking) that spark creativity. The unique 446,300 square foot tower is home to RocketSpace, Showpass,, Entuitive, and other trailblazing businesses.

EdWorks supports the growth of the Alberta Educational Technology Industry by providing space, mentorship and business acceleration programming for EdTech startups. [Accelerators and Incubators]

Locally-owned coworking office centre.

Business and community coworking and innovation spaces ​in Calgary's International Avenue BRZ.

Rules, regulations and compliance measures for employers and employees in Alberta workplaces.

Endeavor is the world’s leading community of high-impact entrepreneurs.


Hybrid accelerator/ venture builder accelerating the growth of Canadian companies with promising cleantech solutions for the energy industry.

EnerTech Capital invests in early to growth stage companies that offer products or services that dramatically improve the profitability of producing or consuming energy.

Premium furnished office space in the heart of downtown Calgary - from small individual offices to large scale offices to virtual offices.

Resource list for entrepreneurs and SMEs. Includes a dedicated list for women entrepreneurs.

Business tools to help you successfully manage, grow and promote your business.

The Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator program is a two-stream initiative funded over two years by the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, administered by Alberta Innovates. The purpose of this program is to offer support for prospective entrepreneurs with innovative ideas, recent graduates seeking employment and anyone who has the opportunity to create new products or concepts after service in a traditional industry sector.

Accelerator, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program, is the catalyst that enables first-stage entrepreneurs to catapult your business to the next level.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 14,000+ influential business owners with 193 chapters in 60 countries.

EvolveU is a private, non-profit educational institution designing learning solutions to address the skills gaps in our rapidly-changing digital economy.

An overview of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s programs for hiring global talent.

Find information about exports and imports of controlled products.

Find new market opportunities for your product using the interactive export data tool. Find information on Alberta exports, world imports, tariffs, and more.

Provides Canadian exporters with expertise in trade financing, export credit insurance and bonding services, as well as foreign markets.

Work with a Business Link Strategist trained to provide advice and guidance as you start your export journey.

Determine whether your Alberta company is export ready.

Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting helps you get your business export-ready.

The application process for skilled immigrants who want to settle in Canada permanently and take part in our economy.



F6S is where Founders grow together. Connect with Funding from Accelerators, Funds & Investors.

Create a report to view financial performance data by industry.

Every lender and investor has different requirements that you must meet before they will finance your business. Find out how to prepare.

Professional Calgary office space and virtual offices in Downtown Calgary.

South Calgary’s Premier Business Centre specializing in renting private offices, co-working spaces, and meeting rooms in a modern, professional environment.

Aviro invests in innovative food and agriculture companies that provide solutions to global challenges in the areas of health, wellness and sustainability.

Resources available to employers seeking to hire foreign workers, both temporary and permanent.

Platform Calgary and Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre have partnered to bring Foresight’s cleantech-focused venture development programs to Calgary in fall 2019. Foresight’s Launch program is a structured venture development program that helps early-stage entrepreneurs to grow their business.

The Founder Institute is the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator.

Canada's industrial search engine.

FrontFundr is the bridge that connects investors and entrepreneurs.

CFI funding is awarded through a merit-review process that involves researchers and administrators from research institutions and the private sector.

Canadian online funding tool.

Explore several different options that could help fund your business venture, including financial services, loans, grants and credits.

FUSE33 is Calgary’s largest makerspace featuring a Woodshop, Metalshop, Sewing lab, 3D printing studio, laser cutters, CNC and much more. The second floor of FUSE33 is The Loft - a small-business incubator and coworking space.

National, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39.



Global Affairs Canada manages Canada’s diplomatic relations, provides consular services to Canadians, promotes the country’s international trade, and leads Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance.

GTA has the tools to grow your technical team, fast. They can source tech talent locally or globally, for contract or hire.

The Global Talent Stream assists certain Canadian employers to hire highly-skilled talent from around the world enabling them to compete on an international scale. Employers who are successfully through the program will be able to expedite the process for hiring foreign nationals through the Global Skills Strategy.

Guide for Canada's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who are interested in expanding internationally.

Goodlawyer is an interactive online service that makes it faster and easier for clients to find and hire legal help solely based on their preferences.

Grant search provided by a full-service grant writing agency.

Government grants, loans, and other financing available for your business.

Is your business ready to expand globally? Access advice, a step-by-step guide to exporting, Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), events and more at our Grow Globally portal.

The Growth Compass Lab is an initiative of Mount Royal University with a mission to deliver evidence-based insights and intelligence for small business through innovative industry-academic partnerships. The Growth Compass Lab currently has three programs designed to support Alberta small business.

Free startup resources and tools for finance, fundraising, marketing, and talent management.



Harvest takes founders with disruptive ideas and provides them with world-class talent, funding, and support to co-build their startups into successful, fast-growing companies. By leveraging the unique infrastructure that built SkipTheDishes, Harvest develops and ultimately keeps such companies here in the Prairies.

Discover work that inspires with local startups and scaleups. Find your tech role with companies across Alberta. Join our community and get notified when new jobs are added.

Start working in Canada faster through the Global Skills Strategy. We will process most eligible work permit applications within two weeks. Find out if you are eligible for two-week processing.

Free and open source database tracking Canada's innovation ecosystem - accelerators, incubators, startups, government programs, angel groups, private equity and venture capital. Information is available on over 8,000 Canadian startups and investors.

Four ways the Hockeystick Database can help your company reach the next stage of growth.

See Step 4 "Where am I operating?" section for more information on home-based business permits.

Historical benchmark housing prices for Canadian markets.

Reports on Canada's housing and rental markets.

Monthly and historical housing reports for Calgary and area.

Learn more about the different sources of financing you can get to start and grow your business.

Comprehensive program that will guide you through all the aspects of starting a business in Canada.

The Hunter Hub delivers and promotes programs which encourage entrepreneurial thinking and innovation.

HustleCo is a coworking space and marketing incubator located in Calgary, Alberta, that generates social profit by growing rising entrepreneurs, upcoming leaders, and ambitious people together.



Gauge your skills against in demand occupations, and chart pathways to upskill or reskill for another industry vertical.

Discover how to develop your Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to test your idea’s viability without investing huge amounts of time and resources. Working alongside industry experts, this business growth accelerator delivers you a validated, market-tested growth strategy in only 90 days.

Immigrant Services Calgary provides a wide range of settlement services to immigrants and refugees looking to begin a new chapter of their lives in Canada.

How you can immigrate to Canada, how to protect yourself from fraud and what to expect after you arrive in Canada.

Apply to travel, study, work or immigrate to Canada, apply for citizenship, a permanent resident card or refugee protection.

Go-to resource for importers in Canada.

Information on importing and exporting from the Canada Border Services Agency.

Crowdfund innovations in tech and design before they go mainstream, and buy hundreds of unique products shipping now from Indiegogo's Marketplace.

Mailing lists, sales leads and marketing campaigns to help you find new clients.

The Information & Technology Bridging Program is a 26-week training program that provides foreign trained IT professionals, who have education and experience in the IT field, with necessary soft skills and occupational skills training that will prepare them for 10 weeks of Work Experience placement with IT companies.

InnoTech College is an Alberta technology college which has been offering a variety of programs throughout its years of operations, with its current focus being on web development.

Innovate Calgary is the innovation transfer and business incubator centre for the University of Calgary.

The Innovation Accelerator is a program for Alberta manufacturing companies. It is a four-module program held over a 20-week period, involving face-to-face workshops, innovation team coaching and webinar-based milestone reviews.

Innovation Advisors are former entrepreneurs who understand what it takes to grow a business. They can leverage their extensive network of contacts to help you find, and take advantage of, all of the government programs and services at your disposal — from financing to technical advice to foreign market expertise.

Effective January 1, 2021, Alberta’s government is introducing the Innovation Employment Grant (IEG). This program will promote economic growth and job creation by supporting small and medium-sized businesses that invest in research and development (R&D).


iNovia (venture capital) backs early-stage technology entrepreneurs who have unique insights and a passion for making transformative ideas a reality.

Connecting scale-up businesses with accomplished senior executives so they can revitalize, rebuild and reimagine our economy.

Services to help you achieve your international business goals and export your Canadian agriculture and food products to global markets.

Your one-stop government connection to doing business in Alberta.

Invest in Canada works directly with global investors to unlock investment opportunities and facilitate expansion in Canada.

Our interactive investment map highlights the foreign direct investment (FDI) that has taken plan in the Calgary area over the past 6 years.

Capturing, visualizing, analyzing and reporting Canada's investment relations with the Asia Pacific.



Find work right across the province.

Find a job that fits your life.

Search for jobs in Calgary and across Canada.

Junction is a full-time residency program that helps you build a strong foundation as an entrepreneur and sets you apart from the competition, providing you with an unfair advantage when approaching investors, partners and customers.



Service provider for private capital markets investment software. Katipult is designed to be compliant with regulations, and allows firms to offer privately issued, exempt securities to non-accredited, accredited and institutional investors.

Kickstarter is an enormous global crowdfunding community built around creativity. Every artist, filmmaker, designer, developer, and creator on Kickstarter has complete creative control over their work — and the opportunity to share it with a vibrant community of backers.



Monthly labour market indicators from Statistics Canada.

Calgary and area annual and quarterly labour market reports.

LaunchPad by Vog advances the skills of junior software developers to be intermediate level and industry-ready software developers. LaunchPad is unique in its approach teaching you how to develop software using real-world and project inspired challenges.

The Learning Hub (LH) is a trusted source for leading-edge learning activities and programs for cyber security and COMSEC professionals working within the Government of Canada or with our domestic partners. The LH also provides services, guidance and advice on cyber security training and education to industry, academia, and other levels of government.

Crowdfunding service - loans for Canadians by Canadians.

Business Centre located in southeast Calgary.

The Life Sciences Innovation Hub supports research-intensive companies to deliver commercially-viable products and services to market, by providing access to infrastructure, expertise, and startup services. [Accelerators and Incubators]

Fully furnished workspaces featuring newly designed private offices, co-working spaces and boardrooms. Rent by the month or by the year.

Lift Accelerator is focused on filling the gap of resources and capital needed within early stage startups helping to remove the barriers to building, launching and scaling up.

Lighthouse Labs has partnered with Assembly, Calgary's top coworking space, to bring Web Development Bootcamp and Intro to Web Development courses to YYC! Whether it's a full-time bootcamp or a part-time program, Lighthouse Labs offers coding education from newbie to professional developer. With the support of a brilliant team of instructors and mentors, you'll be ready to translate concepts, break down problems, and continue learning on the job.

Largest database of Canadian female founders and funders.

Work in Canada’s most adventurous tech city. Find information about career fairs, jobs in tech and upgrading your skills. Follow the people, companies and organizations that make up Calgary's tech ecosystem.

Providing data and information about Local Immigration Partnerships across Canada.



The Women in Technology Program is a free, integrated skills training program that combines employability skills upgrading, technical training (in the field of web development) and hands-on work experience to produce employment outcomes for immigrant and aboriginal women in Calgary.

Popular shared workspace located in The Edison, a building that is home to many of Calgary’s up-and-coming companies.

McRock Capital is a dedicated Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Venture Capital Fund that partners with relentless entrepreneurs that want to change the world.

This directory provides a listing of AFPA members, comprised of food and beverage processors and associate members, contact information and a listing of the company's products and services.

Newly renovated professional office environment located at 259 Midpark Way SE with convenient easy access to MacLeod Trail, Deerfoot Trail and Stoney Trail.

Provides services to help you test, plan and launch your own small business. Momentum offers classes, coaching and loans to get you started.

Resources for starting or making changes to your business including business registration and licensing requirements.



NACO is the champion of Angel investors, incubators, and accelerators in Canada.

Financing solutions for every need.

The National Research Council is the primary national research and technology organization of the Government of Canada, in science and technology research and development.

The Natural Gas Innovation Fund™ (NGIF) was created by the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) to support the funding of cleantech innovation in the natural gas value chain. It seeks to fill a technology development gap in the sector and invest in innovation enabling natural gas solutions for current and emerging challenges facing Canada’s energy system.

Step-by-step business guide to help you identify and understand the approvals and requirements needed to acquire a business licence.

NPower Canada programs provide participants with free in-demand digital and professional skills training, and connects them to new and rewarding career opportunities with some of Canada’s largest employers.

NSERC supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects.

Numbeo provides current and timely information on cost of living for cities and countries worldwide.



OCCinfo is your one stop source for up-to-date information on Alberta's occupations, educational programs and schools.

We provide bridge financing to companies who are applying to, or have applied for, Canadian Federal Government SR&ED tax credits and/or grants. (Venture Capital)

This service is only available for corporations and limited partnerships from British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan that have a valid MyAlberta Digital ID for Business. Alberta corporations and limited partnerships can connect to British Columbia, Manitoba, or Saskatchewan for registration in those provinces. You may be required to create an online account in the other province before extra-provincially registering your Alberta corporation.

The $100-million fund offers opportunities for private sector companies, non-profits and public institutions making transformative investments in Calgary that will be catalysts for economic growth, diversification, increased employment, and expansion of the property tax assessment base.

Shared office space located at Bow Valley Square and Millennium Tower.



Canadian seed stage venture capital fund.

PEO Canada offers integrated employee management services to small and medium businesses across Canada, North America, and beyond.

Resources to assist in planning your business.

We accelerate the impact of Calgary's innovation-driven ventures by providing access to space, programs, mentorship and capital. From first time entrepreneurs to established businesses, our advisors, coaches and partners are here to help in each stage of startup and business development. Previously known as Innovate Calgary.

The City of Calgary has made it easier to animate short term spaces all across Calgary with engaging pop-up shops and events.

Calgary’s post-secondary institutions collaborate with – and mutually support – the city’s business, professional, technology, arts, sports and non-profit communities.

Product Hunt surfaces the best new products, every day. It's a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations.

All-in-one search engine marketing platform you need to grow your business.

Learn all about property taxes in Calgary.

Calgary's original, community-based, member-driven makerspace, offering access to work shop space, education, community, and shared tools for your projects.



Downtown Calgary. Short and long term office packages, as well as a virtual office space and mail service.

Randstad is the global leader in the HR services industry. They support people and organizations in realizing their true potential by combining the power of today’s technology with Randstad's passion for people.

Whether you are a start-up or a large corporation, RBC will partner with you to provide industry expertise and digital solutions that will help your business thrive.

The RBC Generator is a $10-million pool of capital for investment in businesses that tackle social and environmental challenges, while generating a financial return.

REACH Canada helps launch and accelerate the most promising technology companies in real estate and adjacent industries through an intensive event-based program.

Learn more about Calgary's real estate landscape.

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) will provide financial support directly to women-owned businesses to address COVID-19 impacts on their short-term stability. This financing will support small enterprises that are struggling with working capital needs and are unable to access larger federal relief funding programs or unable to obtain a loan/credit from traditional financial institutions.


Is a trade barrier holding back your export business?

Contains monthly corporate registry listings published in the Alberta Gazette.

Office space, meeting rooms and virtual offices tailored to your needs. Workspaces for entrepreneurs to global businesses.

Relay Ventures (venture capital) backs proven teams targeting high growth markets related to mobile software, services, content and technology.

Whether you're moving to a new city or a new country, QMM will guide you smoothly through the moving process.

Data-driven insights into Canada's tech startup workforce.

NRC offers Canadian businesses access to unique research infrastructure as well as the experts to optimize its use.

Find research facilities in universities, colleges, hospitals, and federal government departments and agencies across Canada that are open to working with you on your research and innovation needs.

Indigenous entrepreneurs represent the largest growing segment of the population, and there are many unique resources available to support them.

ReSourceYYC is an affordable coworking office for highly skilled professionals & start-ups in downtown Calgary.

Invests in technology enabled, growth stage companies operating across the entire North American Agri-Food value chain.

Robert Half provides staffing services for a wide range of industries in and around Calgary, and have a deep understanding of the region’s job market and hiring environment.



Salaries and wages information for Calgary.

A federal tax incentive program designed to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada.

How tech labour trends inform decisions and influence economic growth & real estate in 50 U.S. & Canadian Markets.

Create your own flexible Small Business Banking Package.

Scotiabank's initiatives supporting Canada’s women-owned, women-led businesses.

An extensive suite of online databases to assist you in reaching the right businesses and people quickly and easily.

Download brochures for sectors such as Life Sciences, Information & Communication Technology, Agriculture, Aerospace, CleanTech, Natural Resources and Advanced Manufacturing.

Provides access to most public securities documents and information filed by issuers with the thirteen provincial and territorial securities regulatory authorities in the SEDAR filing system.

Download the Small Business Fact Sheet from our Report Library to learn more about the Calgary small business landscape.

Find local information to help your business make smarter, faster, better decisions.

Supports are available to help Alberta entrepreneurs and small businesses start, grow and succeed.

Learn about income tax for those that are self-employed or are unincorporated small businesses.

Checklist for people who are starting a business.

Working together to advance and support social enterprise in Canada.

The Social Enterprise Fund (SEF) is a loan fund lending money to social enterprises in Alberta that want to make things better in the community and in the world.

Springwise curates and publishs the most exciting global innovations every day.

A tech community. Add your startup to the list of companies. Register as an accelerator, coworking space, investor or other supporting organization.

Are you looking to apply commercial strategies to your social cause? Whether your organization will be structured as a for-profit or a not-for-profit enterprise, you will want to employ many of the same tools and resources other businesses use to plan and manage internal operations. There are programs and services that can help you further your mission and help keep you sustainable.

Checklists and guides for starting different types of businesses.

With our knowledge, know-how and connections, and a big “can do” attitude, Startup Calgary will guide and support you on your entrepreneurial journey, pointing you to what you need when you need it. (Accelerator)

Entrepreneurs working together to build a Canada for entrepreneurs and give a voice to the Canadian startup community.

Standardized term sheets for Angel stage deals.

A free to share communication tool to help understand startup journey, identify key stages and to help develop Startup from "idea to business" and from "founding team to organization" in balanced and understandable manner.

Start Alberta is a digital platform and gathering space for Alberta’s tech community. Explore and discover data and stories on Calgary companies, founders, investors, and events in our community and ecosystem all in one central place through the Ecosystem Dashboard, powered by Dealroom.

Startup Genome creates the world’s most comprehensive research on startups.

Explore advice, lessons and tips from our community of entrepreneurs and operators.

Canada’s Startup Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada.

Canada's Startup Visa (SUV) Program is intended to attract foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish new, high-growth businesses in Canada which will support innovation and job creation. To be eligible for the Startup Visa under this stream, entrepreneurs must be accepted into a program offered by a designated Canadian business incubator. Platform Calgary is one of the business incubation programs designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Global map of Startups listed by City, Country and Industry.

All the facts and figures you want to know about Downtown Calgary’s commercial core and Stephen Avenue Walk, including vending, promo and busking.

Strategic Timelines is a Calgary-based strategic marketing and business planning firm with over 30 years of expertise working with hundreds of talented entrepreneurs. Whether you are starting, growing, funding, or exiting your business, we’re here to successfully navigate you through each step and stage to ensure a smooth transition.

Stratus provides office-sharing and business centre services in Calgary to professionals, entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups, contractors, and others in need of an exceptional office environment and workspace on a flexible basis. (Coworking)

Funded by Supply Chain Canada, Alberta Institute, the Supply Chain Workforce Marketplace is as a free and open resource to help ensure visibility to the available supply chain talent across the country, and to help match this available talent with opportunities.

Alberta companies in the pre-commercialization stage of developing new products can turn to product commercialization centres to receive the technical equipment, labs or test facilities and services they need to bring their ideas to market faster.



Consultancy service providing business development and financial advice and connecting entrepreneurs to investors.

A free tool that allows Canadian exporters to check the tariffs applicable to a specific good in a foreign market.

Do business your way with our flexible and cost-effective account solutions.

Teamit focus’s on the top 20% of the candidate base in specific geographic areas and they’ve always believed that the referral network is the most efficient and reliable way to find and hire talent.

TECHCareers, a Manpower Alberta Program, is a no-cost government-funded training program, offering two programs of study: Software Development Training, in partnership with SAIT, and Cybersecurity Training for Immigrants, in partnership with ReTrain Canada, to provide Albertans with professional skills to pivot into the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) fields.

Get technology training for a career in IT.

Are you unemployed? Convert your skill-set and join Calgary’s tech talent pool with Bow Valley College's no-cost Information and Communication Technology training and work placement initiative.

Western Canadian Tech Directory. Tech West Canada is built for Western Canadian tech companies looking to grow. Connect with Western Canadian tech companies.

The Tech West Collective is a group of companies who are here to make Alberta an internationally recognized tech powerhouse.

Techstars Anywhere is a (mostly) virtual Techstars accelerator--no relocation necessary. Through the power of the Techstars network and the use of technology we bring Techstars to the founders #Anywhere.

TECTERRA is a government-funded non-profit organization that assists geospatial technology start-ups, and small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to develop and commercialize technology.

TECTERRA’s Geospace has a wide range of electronics test equipment and end-use geomatics technology that can be leased by Canadian companies engaged in the development and manufacture of new technologies.

Apply for a visa to work in Canada.

The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) is a not-for-profit charitable organization that has been serving Calgary for over 30 years. We’ve become an integral part of Calgary’s immigrant-serving community and continue to strive to give newcomers and low-income Canadians the opportunities to find their rightful place in our city.

Thrive’s mission is to foster resilient communities and an inclusive economy. Thrive Incubator is a free business development program that targets aspiring and start-up social entrepreneurs. Thrive’s Accelerator program helps early-stage entrepreneurs fast-track their financial growth, while developing social change within their business.

Thrive accommodates businesses who seek short term or long term needs for meetings or work space.

Visit Calgary has everything you're looking for to plan your vacation or become the ultimate host in Calgary Canada. Features an extensive and updated calendar of events, an interactive map of Calgary and specially-themed lists of unique and popular experiences.

Trade commissioners in more than 160 cities worldwide can provide you with key business insights and access to a network of international contacts.

Generate customized reports on Canada's trade in goods with over 200 countries.

TradeSpace is the first co-working warehousing environment of its kind in Canada.

Vibrant coworking and learning space bringing together community members and students immersed in Calgary’s social innovation space.

Provoking innovation and building capacity in social entrepreneurship.

The Tundra ACE program is an exciting new initiative to help fast track the commercialization of near market ready technologies that solve some of industry’s most pressing problems.



UCalgary Crowdfund is a platform for members of the University of Calgary community to raise funds and awareness for the innovative projects they are working on.


This guide provides insights to assess whether the UK is the right market; explores how Brexit will impact business and trade; and offers guidance for Canadian tech companies expanding to the UK.

Educational tools for small business electricity and natural gas consumers.



Vada Capital is an independent, family-backed private equity firm that partners with passionate management teams to help them achieve growth.

One of Canada’s most active angel investment groups since 2003 with member locations in Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, and Vancouver.

Valhalla Private Capital exists to help entrepreneurs and investors across the globe navigate the lifecycle from “Cradle to Exit” and back again. Focusing on early stage entrepreneurs while supporting all stages of the ecosystems with its angel network, a full suite of investment funds, education, training, global mentorship programs and M&A advisory services.

Hire Tech Talent Fast. Get qualified candidates in 48 hours.

Primary industry association for venture capital, private equity, angel investors and others interested in furthering the industry in Alberta.

A community of business, brand, culture and CPG specialists. The network of companies includes Venture Play, Venturepark Labs, Venturepark Voice, District Ventures Capital and District Ventures Plus. Touching every aspect of business, Venturepark creates, funds, scales, reinvents, strategizes and drives business growth.



Ward-specific information based on Federal Census of Canada and Calgary Civic Census data. Ward profiles for Census 2016 results are now available!

Western Canada's water accelerator, where innovators develop the next generation of Canadian water technologies and solutions.

Welcome to Alberta is a settlement mobile app designed to help immigrants and refugees to achieve a smooth and successful transition into their life in Canada by providing centralized services.

The Western Canada Business Service Network (WCBSN) is a group of independent organizations that receive WD funds to help Western Canadians start, grow and expand their businesses.

Office space for rent & virtual offices in Calgary's prominent buildings: Bow Valley Square & Suncor Energy Centre.

WeWork’s shared offices cater to entrepreneurs and established companies alike. Two buildings in Calgary.

This monthly report focuses on seven key areas while comparing Calgary to other major Canadian cities; Trade, Real Estate, Livability, Labour Market, Economy, Business and Demographics.

Resource list for entrepreneurs and SMEs. Includes a dedicated list for women entrepreneurs.

The Women’s Economic Council is the only national organization advocating for women-centred community economic development (CED) in Canada, and we’re the only organization that supports networks of like-minded organizations that help women-centred CED flourish across the country.

Apply for a visa to work in Canada.

Coworking spaces located in the heart of Downtown Calgary and the Beltline.

Coworking space where members enjoy a complimentary gym membership, a luxurious and spacious lounge, beautiful private offices, an abundance of meeting rooms, and much more.

Affordable coworking space 2 blocks from the 4th Street C-train station.



Yaletown invests in emerging-growth technology companies in Canada that enhance sustainability and productivity for industrial and enterprise customers.



Helping entrepreneurs transform innovative ideas and products into world-class companies.

A founder-first accelerator program, driving innovation in the industrial internet.

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