Telus Accelerator

TELUS Technology Accelerator 2 Powered by Innovate Calgary – Deadline July 21/17

Telus Accelerator

Accelerating Growth Stage Technology Startups in Alberta & British Columbia

This program seeks to support the growth of early-stage companies with technologies that TELUS could potentially partner with, integrate, or commercialize together.

What are we seeking?
Startups with technologies that TELUS can potentially USE, INTEGRATE, OR COMMERCIALIZE in the following 6
priority areas:

  • Industrial Internet of Things & Big Data
  • Digital Health & Wellness
  • Seamless Communication & Entertainment Experience
  • Last 100 Metres Technologies
  • Smart Fleet & Transportation
  • Smart Cities

Who are we seeking?

6 Startups that meet the following criteria:

☑ In Revenue

☑ Scalable Market Potential

☑ Incorporated in AB or BC

☑ Less Than 10 Employees

☑ High potential startups in the 6 priority areas not meeting above criteria may also be considered

What are we offering?

  • Business Mentorship from Innovate Calgary
  • Technical Advice from TELUS Leaders
  • Operational Support from Partners
  • Building Founding Team Effectiveness
  • Program Directed by an Advisory Board
  • Access to YYC, YEG & YVR TELUS Innovation Centres
  • Virtual or In-Person Delivery
  • Privileged Access to TELUS Experts

One startup that shows the most progress receives $30,000 seed grant and 50 hours of personalized advice.

How do I apply?

Complete the form HERE! 

For questions, contact Richelle Matthews at

Apply NOW!  Deadline is July 21, 2017.

As TELUS is funding TTA2, there is no cost for you to participate. However, you will have to commit a minimum 12-15 hours a month to fully benefit from the program.

Innovate Calgary is the technology-transfer and business-incubation centre for the University of Calgary working with the Office of the Vice-President (Research) to help bridge the gap between discovery and innovation.








You Can Do That Here Podcast

You Can Do That Here Podcast Series Finds Happy New Home at Imagine Kootenay

You Can Do That Here Podcast
We are excited to announce a huge new development on the You Can Do That Here front.

While we’ll be sad to see it go, the You Can Do That Here! podcast, produced and hosted by Andrew Zwicker of AZcreative, will be finding a new and welcoming home over at Imagine Kootenay.

Given the focus on the tremendous possibilities available to find a great job, start a business and enjoy lifestyle unsurpassed of Imagine Kootenay, it seemed the best fit for a podcast series talking about all the same things.

The podcast is a weekly series of 30 minute conversations with some of the most innovative and successful entrepreneurs in the Kootenays. They say the best way to succeed in business is by talking to the best and Andrew has done just that!

Be sure to take a listen to the vast and varied – interesting and inspiring! – stories of innovators, makers and entrepreneurs and how You Can Do That Here, and live Your Better Life, first hand, from around the region.






Jodi Silva, CPA, CA- Grant Thornton

HERE Partner Accounting Expert Jodi Silva, CPA, CA- Grant Thornton

Jodi Silva, CPA, CA- Grant Thornton

Like all of our exceptional local service providers in the HERE program, Accountant Jodi Silva is excited for entrepreneurs embracing the challenges and rewards that come with the journey of owning their own business.

Understanding the value that the KAST HERE program brings to the startup and entrepreneur community, Jodi was happy to offer her accounting expertise and help people to realize that accounting decisions are best made early on as an integral piece of the puzzle towards success.

Accounting and bookkeeping tend to be an area of business that people muddle through until it’s too late. It’s often not an area of expertise for business owners and one that is put off, unfortunately to great expense.

Jodi brings a decade of practice since obtaining her Chartered Accountant designation.  A valuable member of the Grant Thornton (formerly Yule Anderson) team, working in the Castlegar office, she is a leader at the practice in the implementation of professional standards.  Jodi has extensive experience with assisting startups through the initial development and growth phases of their business, making her services a tremendous asset to HERE clients.

A frequent question Jodi fields with entrepreneurs is whether they should remain a Proprietorship or move to incorporating.  “There’s a lot to be considered and it’s a question often covered early on in consultation.”  Jodi discusses not only the running of the business but also lifestyle and family life, considering all facets that may impact the direction, and, ultimately, the success, of a startup or entrepreneur.

Clients are also looking for information regarding general bookkeeping, documentation, tracking, payroll as well as the oft-dreaded tax planning.  These are areas where Jodi can lend valuable guidance, ensuring more money stays in the pockets of her clients.  Her primary objective is to provide the necessary help so clients are better able to accomplish their goals.

There are those that think that accounting is a “necessary evil,” and it becomes an afterthought for many companies. But Jodi cautions against this attitude and says, “The earlier you can meet with an accountant, the better.” For instance, in considering whether to incorporate, a meeting with Jodi, even before meeting with a lawyer, can save time, money and stress down the road. This is especially true for tech startups where a solid accounting foundation and record keeping are important to be eligible for SR&ED tax credits, or if you are considering outside investors.

Though earlier is better, Jodi is emphatic in stating, “It’s never to late to meet with an accountant!”  Jodi’s expertise and understanding of tax regulations and all of the required documentation can be helpful in tweaking and improving business operations.  She’s also well versed in the tricks of the trade that can save clients a great deal of time and stress, offering the right advice to help a business run more smoothly and help keep money where it belongs: in the client’s pocket!

Jodi finds satisfaction working and living in such a close-knit community and is impressed at how supportive individuals and businesses are to work and shop locally.  This appreciation of supporting, developing and growing local business makes Jodi particularly well-suited to helping entrepreneurs working hard to find success in our Kootenay communities.

#nvbc2017 Round 2.5 – placing 17-43

KAST VAP Client Cyberdontics Advancing #nvbc2017

#nvbc2017 Round 2.5 – placing 17-43The results are in for those companies moving on to the next round of the #nvbc2017 competition! The esteemed panel of judges have evaluated the Round 2 submissions.

While there were a few ties, there are 16 ventures moving directly into Round 3, and 27 ventures pitching in Round 2.5.  KAST VAP client, Cyberdontics, was one of them!

Rose Hoeher: Nominated for Outstanding Women in the Kootenays

Anyone who knows our Innopreneur Director, Rose Hoeher, won’t be surprised at all to hear about her recent nomination for the 6th annual Influential Women in Business Awards.  And while those of us who work with Rose are aware of how much she brings to her work and that of regional entrepreneurs we’re so pleased to bring greater attention to all she does.

A successful serial entrepreneur and oh-so-effective at coordinating KAST’s coaching services for entrepreneurs she contributes whole-heartedly to the successes of not only the clients of the Venture Acceleration Program but to the variety of pies she has fingers in, such as the growing Tech Meetups throughout the region.

Bucking the trend in the male-dominated fashion industry, she and a female business partner launched their own successful modelling agency in Toronto. Later she went on to open a giftware importing business from the Philippines. As human resources manager at the early stage internet technology company Simply Audiobooks Inc., Rose was part of a fast paced, dynamic tech company.

We are proud of her accomplishments and are so very happy to see her recognized on a larger scale with this esteemed nomination.

You’ve got our vote – good luck, Rose!

Ladies Learning Code Nelson BC

Ladies Learning Code Launches in Nelson!

Ladies Learning Code Nelson BCWe’re thrilled to announce that Ladies Learning Code’s newest Chapter in Nelson, BC will be launching on Saturday, May 20th!  This workshop will be hosted at the Kootenay Career Development Society on Vernon Street, and tickets are still available!

In August of 2011, we hosted our first ever workshop in Toronto and today we are adding Peterborough to the growing list of 29+ Chapters that include Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax, London, Edmonton, Montreal and Calgary. We are thrilled to be able to provide the same beginner-friendly tech workshops that are so beloved by other communities to the folks of Nelson and surrounding area!

RoseSo what does this mean for Nelson-ites? First and foremost, it means that you are now going to have access to the same fun, collaborative, and beginner-friendly coding workshops that are beloved by tens of thousands of your fellow Canadians! At Ladies Learning Code, we believe in digital literacy for all Canadians, including those who live in smaller communities. And we are so grateful to Chapter Lead Rose Hoeher (pictured here) for inviting us out to Nelson and her incredible leadership in getting programming off the ground in the region.

Interested in getting involved? We’re always on the lookout for volunteers who want to lend a hand! Please reach out to Rose (contact info below) for more details.

Nelson, we’ll see you soon!

Nelson Chapter Contact

Rose Hoeher

Nelson Chapter Lead