About UCeed

What is UCeed?

UCeed is a pre-seed and seed funding program that will spur innovation, commercialize new technologies, and accelerate UCalgary startup companies.

Activated by Innovate Calgary, UCalgary's knowledge transfer and business incubator, UCeed serves to support a robust pipeline of local enterprises.

Universities are a critical source of innovation and an important training ground for the next generation of entrepreneurs. UCeed is a key component of creating compelling outcomes at UCalgary.

Our foundational pillars:

Innovation

Accelerating innovation from within UCalgary and its surrounding communities.

Entrepreneurship

Enriching the quality and breadth of learning by providing real-world opportunities for entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking.

Community

Integrate UCalgary with communities on-and-off campus through entrepreneurship and innovation.


Pre-seed and seed funding

Why a pre-seed and seed funding program?

We know that gaps exist between institutional grant funding for fundamental research and commercialization funding for technology/company development for early-stage technology development. UCeed addresses those gaps by providing access to much-needed capital to advance technology and support entrepreneurs. In doing so, UCeed facilitates the translation of research to societal benefit and provides a real-world environment for entrepreneurial thinking.

Community

It takes a village

Innovation@UCalgary is a vibrant and growing space that requires a community to ensure its success. The UCeed program encompasses partners across multiple industries, expert advisors, accelerator and incubator programs, and more.

Innovate Calgary, UCalgary’s knowledge transfer and business incubator, plays a key role in supporting the University’s vision and strategic priorities for driving innovation and research impact.  Innovate Calgary operationalizes this role by providing access to facilities, support services, programs, Fellowships, including UCeed.   

UCeed investee companies will benefit from UCalgary’s innovation ecosystem, including the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, Innovate Calgary, Life Sciences Innovation Hub, W21C, IMPACT, and Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies.