Government of Canada supports Alberta’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem

News release

Calgary’s Bow Valley College receives $25,000 to host the 2019 Innovation Rodeo, a five-day conference for entrepreneurs.

July 8, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta – Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Government of Canada recognizes that today’s young Canadians will drive the future growth of Canada’s economy. By investing in their success, we are investing in the success of all Canadians.

Today, Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced $25,000 in funding towards Bow Valley College to host the 2019 Innovation Rodeo, a five-day event of content, collaboration, and competition aimed towards entrepreneurs.

The 2019 Innovation Rodeo connects some of Alberta's most promising innovators and entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, gain new skills, network, and help each other create and commercialize new ideas. The event aims to grow the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Alberta by increasing the number of young western Canadians entering a career of entrepreneurship, and increasing the long-term success rate of youth-owned start-ups.

The Government of Canada is committed to building an innovation economy – an economy in which Canadians have access to high-quality jobs and Canadian businesses are well-placed to compete in a rapidly evolving and competitive global marketplace.

Quotes

“Building a strong and innovative Canadian economy includes encouraging diverse groups, such as youth, to pursue careers in entrepreneurship. Their fresh perspectives will result in new and inventive ideas that will create jobs and grow our economy.”

- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the next generation of enterprising youth to do well and help grow our economy. Events such as the 2019 Innovation Rodeo provide aspiring and existing entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed.”

- Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre

“Research suggests that one of the biggest predictors of an entrepreneur’s success is the size of their network. The Innovation Rodeo is designed to connect the estimated 50,000 out of town entrepreneurs who visit Calgary during the Calgary Stampede, with local entrepreneurs so they can network, collaborate, and grow the economy.”

- Craig Elias, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Chiu School of Business, Bow Valley College

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Contacts

Narmin Hassam-Clark
A/Regional Communications Manager, Alberta Region
Western Economic Diversification Canada
780-495-4165
narmin.hassam-clark@canada.ca

Leigh MacKenzie
Media Relations Officer
Bow Valley College
587-393-2628
lmackenzie@bowvalleycollege.ca

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