According to the Association of University Technology Manager’s (AUTM) Canadian Licensing Activity Survey, the University of Calgary is the top startup creator out of 32 Canadian academic and non-profit research institutions for the third year in a row.
The 2022 survey invited over 60 Canadian institutions, including universities and colleges, hospitals and research institutions, national laboratories, and third-party technology investment firms to participate.
Through Innovate Calgary, the university’s technology transfer office, 16 startups from across five faculties were created in the 2021/2022 fiscal year.
In the 2020/2021 fiscal year, 18 startups were formed out of six faculties.
“This is an exciting achievement for UCalgary to be the leader in research startup creation for three years in a row,” says Dr. William Ghali, vice-president (research).
“Our innovators continue to seize the opportunity to pursue the startup journey, delivering impact to our communities, and enhancing our reputation on a national scale.”
The 2022 AUTM survey highlights the value of startups developed at Canadian universities contributing to their local and regional economies.
Ninety per cent of the 875 startups reported in the 2022 data are in the province where their intellectual property was developed, helping Canadians benefit from economic and social impacts of university technologies.