Shaping the Future with UCeed
What is UCeed?
UCalgary has developed an innovation ecosystem that supports the translation of research to real-world impact. UCeed is the culmination of UCalgary’s focus on entrepreneurial thinking, invention and innovation, education and community impact.
Funded entirely through philanthropic support and activated by Innovate Calgary, UCalgary's knowledge transfer and business incubator, UCeed funds, trains, mentors, and supports startup companies during the critical transitional stage between innovation demonstration and commercialization.
The challenge facing entrepreneurs
Raising capital is a daunting challenge for new startups, and founders often seek government grants, or investments from friends and family as their first source of funding to launch their business. Once those sources are exhausted, entrepreneurs often run out of options before the private sector can see the opportunity's value. UCeed was created to support startups through the funding gap.
The foundational pillars of UCeed
UCeed's early-stage funds are creating jobs and diversifying Alberta's economy. Qualifying ventures can receive investment ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 depending on the ventures stage of development.
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UCeed is funded entirely through philanthropic support from partners who believe innovation will define our future.
Applications for UCeed funding are open at various times throughout the year. Qualifying criteria is specific to the fund.