TENET Innovation to Commercialization (i2c) Program

Transforming medical research into commercial products that improve lives

An acceleration program to transform medical research into new companies, culminating in a $100K pitch competition.

Medical research

Transform cutting-edge medical research into a commercial venture

Training

Receive training and mentorship from the Calgary business community

Calgary

Improve lives in Alberta and beyond

About TENET i2c

The TENET i2c program provides funding and training to University of Calgary researchers, clinicians, postdocs, undergraduate and graduate students, and staff to transform their health research into a commercial product or service. 

Participants receive entrepreneurial training from the Hunter Hub and are matched with mentors from Calgary’s business community. These resources equip participants with the skills, knowledge, and industry contacts to pitch their ideas at a final competition for a chance to win up to $100,000 to commercialize their product. 

TENET i2c is led by the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking and is made possible thanks to a generous donation from Ken Moore, former president of TENET Biomedical Engineering (1994-2011).

Live Pitch Competition

Join us on September 24, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. to learn about the latest life science innovations from the University of Calgary! The pitch competition will be held virtually on Zoom, and all attendees will be entered to win door prizes!

2022 Program

TENET i2c will be accepting applicants for a new cohort in 2022! Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when applications open.

Key Information

The TENET i2c program is open to University of Calgary researchers, clinicians, postdocs, undergraduate students, graduate students and staff across all faculties interested in transforming their health-related research into a commercial product. 

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have developed a commercially viable research project related to the health field 

  • Translation of research into a commercial product or service must be carried out in the province of Alberta 

  • The principal applicant must be a founding member and currently affiliated to the University of Calgary (i.e. faculty member, trainee, or staff). 

  • All applicants must have an undergraduate degree (minimum) 

  • Applicants must be able to participate in pitch training schedule

Some of the benefits of the program that participants can expect include:

  • Accelerate the process of turning UCalgary medical research into commercial ventures 

  • Access to early capital to get a head start as a new company 

  • Receive high-level business training, one-on-one pitch coaching and mentorship before the final pitch competition 

The TENET i2c program became possible thanks to a generous donation from Ken Moore, former president of TENET Biomedical Engineering (1994-2011). 
 
Before TENET Biomedical Engineering, Moore played professional football with the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1983 to 1994, winning two Grey Cups. During the final year of his football career, he enrolled in graduate studies at the Cumming School of Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Cy Frank and Nigel Shrive, PhD, members of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. It was there that Moore joined a research group that founded TENET Medical Engineering. The company grew from a basic start-up to the global leader in the positioning of arthroscopic shoulder surgery, with over $30 million in annual sales to over 50 countries around the world. 
 
After the sale of TENET Medical Engineering in 2011, Moore returned to the University of Calgary with a generous donation that supported scholarships, educational opportunities and an annual pitch competition – TENET i2c. Moore sees the societal need and value in facilitating innovative solutions to address simple and complex medical problems. The TENET i2c competition demonstrates his generosity and passion for seeing young start-up companies get a “boost-start” to get their products and services to market. 
 
In its early years, the program was exclusive to ventures within the Cumming School of Medicine. After an expansion, today TENET i2c encourages participants from all faculties to apply for a chance to build their health-related research into reality.

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

The TENET i2c Pitch Competition was held virtually on September 24, 2021. The top eight finalists that pitched were: