Plug and Play, a world-renowned innovation platform, is enhancing its footprint in Alberta’s sustainability landscape by partnering with Suncor, a Canadian energy company headquartered in Calgary.
This collaboration marks Suncor as the first corporate entity to join Plug and Play’s Sustainability Program in Alberta.
The alliance seeks to expedite the development and adoption of sustainable energy technology across Canada, a mission that aligns with Suncor’s longstanding commitment to sustainability.
Together, the organizations aim to identify trailblazing startups specializing in sustainable energy, fostering innovation, driving efficiency, and facilitating digital transformation within the energy sector.
“The energy industry’s future is undergoing a remarkable transformation, which demands a novel approach to traditional processes,” said Lindsay Smylie, Director for Plug and Play Alberta. “We are delighted to have Suncor join us to identify solutions that can help transform the industry.”
Plug and Play’s Sustainability innovation platform, launched initially in Silicon Valley in 2019, has grown to encompass eight hubs worldwide. The platform has accelerated 160 startups, facilitated 220 pilot projects and proofs of concept, and invested $150 million in capital—all in a bid to tackle environmental challenges.
Suncor has been an integral part of Plug and Play Alberta’s sustainability startup accelerator program since 2022, guiding startups to hone their technologies and scale their operations.
Plug and Play Alberta, integrated with the Alberta Scaleup and Growth Accelerator Program, is a joint effort involving key players such as Alberta Innovates, Alberta Technology and Innovation, Edmonton Unlimited, the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund, and Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan).
Backed by a $35 million commitment over three years, the initiative aims to create 20,000 jobs and elevate the province’s technology firm revenue to $5 billion by 2030.
Earlier this year, Plug and Play Alberta announced 58 startups for the Spring cohort of its industry-specific Health, Sustainability, Food and Beverage, and Sector Agnostic startup accelerator programs.
Of the 58 startups selected, 69% were from Canada.