Alberta's AI Startup Scene Soars with Support from Global Accelerator Programs

JJohn August 6, 2023 4:11 PM

Alberta's AI startups are thriving, thanks to the intervention of global business accelerator programs brought to the province by Alberta Innovates. In just over a year, these programs have generated $147.5 million in investments and created 118 jobs, bolstering Alberta's already burgeoning AI industry.

Accelerator programs spur AI growth

In just 15 months, Alberta Innovates' suite of business accelerator programs have done wonders for the province's AI sector. The programs have brought in a whopping $147.5 million in investments and created a significant number of new jobs - 118 to be exact. This impressive boost is proof of the successful problem-solving approach adopted by the vice-president of investments at Alberta Innovates, Doug Holt.

Scaleup GAP powers promising startups

Launched in April 2021, the Alberta Scaleup and Growth Accelerator Program, or Scaleup GAP, has been a game-changer for promising startups. Through Scaleup GAP, these startups have gained valuable access to five distinct accelerator or pre-accelerator programs. These programs offer a wealth of resources such as mentorship, investors, and other forms of support, essentially empowering these startups to stand on their own feet and become self-sufficient.

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AI's role in agriculture

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