REHAB Innovation to Commercialization (i2c) Program

$100K to accelerate the growth of Alberta rehabilitation health startups

A unique program culminating in a $100K pitch competition that fosters innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurial thinking to grow a cutting-edge idea in the rehabilitation field.

Lab research

Accelerate the path from research to commercialization


Create new technology that will provide faster, more effective rehabilitation


Improve quality of life and optimize hospitals and healthcare system resources

About REHAB i2c

REHAB i2c is an Alberta-wide program and live pitch competition designed to accelerate the growth of early-stage startups in the rehabilitation health field to provide essential resources, training and mentorship. REHAB i2c is lead by the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking in partnership with the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.

This 4-month program includes two phases:

  • Entrepreneurship support including workshops, mentorship (pitch coaching), and access to resources to support their startup’s pitch development, and a provincial network 
  • Pitch competition: the top 8 startups will have the opportunity to pitch live on-stage to win $100k 

Program Start Date

September, 2021

Program End Date

November 30, 2021

How to Apply

Applications open soon! To be added to the waitlist, send an email to and we'll let you know when you can apply.

Key Information

Innovative individuals and teams who are creating new solutions in healthcare, relative to the broad, ever-expanding field of rehabilitation: 

  • Commercially viable research project with evidence of product/tech-market fit that can make a significant contribution to the rehabilitation health field.
    • The REHAB i2c program has adopted the (broad) World Health Organization (WHO) definition of rehabilitation: “a set of interventions designed to optimize functioning and reduce disability in individuals with health conditions in interaction with their environment.” 
  • Project must include a compelling plan for leveraging research/R&D to create a rehab health-related product and/or service; e.g., TRL 7 (TRL 5+ considered) or earlier-stage projects; minimum viable product (MVP); post prototype, etc. 
  • Project must be affiliated with a research entity (facility, center or university) or a small, R&D intensive, commercial entity with linkages to one of the above research entities (e.g. no corporates). 
  • Applicant (or at least one team member) must be a part-time or full-time founder engaged in or in the process of creating a company. 
  • Applicants (and team members) must be legally eligible to work in Canada. 
  • Applicant (and team) must reside in Alberta during the program and intend to develop their innovation in Alberta. 
  • Must be available to engage in all REHAB i2c program activities and attend the final pitch session in person. 
  • Accelerate the path from research to commercialization for rehabilitation startups in Alberta through programming and funding.
  • Create a connected community of rehab startups and offer them a network of mentors, advisors and connections across Alberta.
  • Commercialize new technology that will provide faster, more effective rehabilitation processes that improve quality of life and optimize hospitals and healthcare system resources.

Questions? Contact the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking by email at, or by phone: 403.220.4425.

Contact us if you have any questions!