Alberta Innovates and 500 Global this week unveiled their second batch of the Alberta Accelerator by 500.
The partnership between the provincial government corporation and California-born venture capital fund saw 18 startups from around the world attend a rigorous 12-week program.
The program culminates in Demo Day on October 20 in Calgary.
“Given the strong momentum of our inaugural cohort in Edmonton earlier this year, we were pleased to bring our programming to Calgary for Batch 2,” said Bedy Yang, Managing Partner at 500 Global. “The vitality of the participants has been inspiring, with strong collaboration among ecosystem partners, such as Platform Calgary, and a strong group of founders in this second cohort. We believe that these entrepreneurs have the potential to create high quality jobs and promote growth.”
Alberta Accelerator by 500 is part of the Alberta Scaleup and Growth Accelerator Program run by a consortium which includes the Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation; Edmonton Unlimited; and Prairies Economic Development Canada, who combined to allocate $35 million over three years to retain business accelerators.
“Through 500 Global and Scaleup GAP, entrepreneurs, innovators and early-startup businesses are getting the guidance, training and coaching they need to grow and prosper,” said Laura Kilcrease, CEO of Alberta Innovates. “These 18 graduating companies are helping to create a critical mass of entrepreneurial activity that will help put Alberta on the global stage as a technology leader. I’m looking forward to seeing what these companies will do next.”
Below is the batch of startups presenting tomorrow.
Airtasks: a process management platform to help construction teams organize all their communication in one place.
Alto: a web platform that helps families in need of senior care or special needs care find qualified, vetted caregivers in 20 minutes or less.
Artclever: helps creative professionals worldwide to succeed by developing & distributing high-quality educational video content, and providing equal career opportunities.
Deeleeo: a local same-day delivery platform & marketplace that enables local businesses to better compete against major online retailers.
Delphi Technology: an immersive training platform for aerospace companies and airliners looking to build capacity with future workforce.
Doortender: provides on-demand alcohol delivery without charging delivery fees or platform service charges; it accomplishes this by using its own tech, couriers, and network of fulfillment centers.
Electronic Grid Systems: helps parking infrastructure owners deploy EV charging stations at a fraction of the cost, and without upfront capital, through their turnkey service approach.
Expancio: a retail and franchise eCommerce SaaS platform which helps businesses to engage local shoppers with their all-in-one application and sales channel builder.
Fly and Fetch: a shipping company that hires travelers to transport packages so e-commerce businesses can attain faster & cheaper international shipping.
Infocore (Homeclick): a marketplace that helps homebuyers get a mortgage and insurance for their house, faster, through their seamless digital process.
iTappit: powering up traditional business cards by exchanging contacts & sales channels more efficiently through NFC smart business cards.
Kodobe Limited: helps organizations grow stronger engagement with their new and existing customers by using a unique gamification platform.
PEASI: provides a mass notification SaaS solution to help community and workplace safety managers send targeted alerts, fast and easy, without the complexity and cost of other systems.
RUNNR Delivery: a reliable on-demand delivery service that helps parts managers of heavy duty equipment dealerships ensure the right parts are delivered to the right place at the right time through their network of drivers.
SoMin.ai: an audience optimization solution to help digital performance professionals and agencies make digital ads more effective using AI.
The Hair Routine: a D2C app that helps women fall in love with their hair through day-to-day care guidance along with a sustainable line of products.
WorkforceDocs: a mobile solution to help mid-sized businesses on commercial job sites solve field management solutions with ease of data input and analytical output.
360 Explorer: a marketplace for helping people find the right adventure tour and life transformational trip, just for them.
With $2.7 billion in assets under management, 500 Global has backed over 5,000 founders representing more than 2,700 companies operating in 81 countries.