Programs + Resources

To Start

Edmonton is a place where people come to do big things - because they can. It all starts here.

Is this for me?

Edmonton Unlimited wants to work with you to solve the big problems. From research to marketing, our free programs will give you the tools and advice to bring your idea to the world.

Foundational Programs

Business Model 101

Map out your idea and validate its potential using the Lean Canvas. Whether it’s your first time testing an idea or exploring entrepreneurship, or your tenth time, a strong foundation will set you up for success. 

Discover & Validate

Once you’ve mapped everything out with the Lean Canvas, we’ll guide you through talking to customers so you can build them something they’ll love.

Programs to Start

Preflight: Build, Test & Learn

After talking to potential customers, it’s time to start building. In this program we’ll guide you through assembling and testing your first MVP (minimum viable product) so you can keep learning and validating the parts of your idea you mapped out in the foundational programs. 

Preflight: Market, Sell & Pitch

You’ve tested your MVP and done thorough customer interviews—Nice Work! Now that you know you’re building something customers love, it’s time to start crafting how you’re going to talk about your product or service. Get ready to dive into marketing, sales and the basics of investment and pitching.

Partner Programs

Capital City Pilots

Connecting local entrepreneurs with City-owned assets. Small to medium-sized businesses can test their innovative intellectual property while making improvements to municipal property. 

Innovation U: An Entrepreneurship Series

Adapted from Edmonton Unlimited’s Foundational series through to Preflight: Market, Sell & Pitch is an inclusive program aimed at all innovators and entrepreneurs. Each class can be taken in sequence or as a stand-alone session and is designed to build upon one another. 

Accelerators to Start

Alberta Catalyzer

If you are ready to take your tech-driven business to the next level, the Alberta Catalyzer pre-accelerator supports entrepreneurs to launch and grow their startups in Alberta.

Alberta Accelerator by 500

With the goal of uplifting the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurs, the Alberta Accelerator by 500 is designed for startups with the shared vision of strengthening Alberta as a global hub for tech innovation. Both local and international startups with a tech-enabled solution from any industry or sector can apply.

Plug and Play Alberta

Plug and Play connects the world's best startups with international corporations to bring technology to market faster. Alberta entrepreneurs will have access to a network of official corporate partners, venture capitalists, and supports to scale and grow, hire tech talent, and propel digital transformation across the province.

TELUS Community Safety & Wellness Accelerator powered by AlchemistX

In partnership with AlchemistX, the Edmonton Police Foundation, and Alberta Innovates, the CSW Accelerator is bringing proven Silicon Valley acceleration programming to support solutions aimed at positive social impact in Edmonton.

Innovation Stories

Black Entrepreneurship Roundtable Summary

Indigenous Entrepreneurship Roundtable Summary

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Events to Start

DemoCamp 52

March 2, 2023

BBVA Launch Party

February 16, 2023

Get Started

Unsure if these programs are right for you? Reach out today for a free, 30-minute meeting to learn how we can help you start your idea.

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