Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the second W21C Innovation Academy on September 24th! With over 250 registered attendees, 11 health care innovations and two keynote addresses, we had a fantastic event.

Be sure to fill out the post-event survey that was sent to all registered attendees via Eventbrite before October 4 at 11:59 pm MDT – e-mail us at if you can’t find the link to the survey in your inbox.

We will have photos and videos from the day available soon.
Congratulations to our winners Slate, Ammolite Biomodels Inc. and Physio4D, who will be competing against international teams at the Global Healthcare Innovation Academy on August 25 & 26, 2016 at TELUS Spark.

Finally, thank you to all of our 2015 Innovation Academy Sponsors: Bioalberta, The University of Calgary’s Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging, TEC Edmonton, Uncommon Innovation and Innovate Calgary. Without your support, this event would not have been possible.

IA stage 2015

Four Days until the 2015 W21C Innovation Academy

Are you excited? Because we sure are!
Here are some things you need to know before Thursday:

1) If you haven’t yet, register for the Innovation Academy here – It’s free

2) Got your tickets? The event agenda is here have a look to make sure you arrive on time and don’t miss any of the excitement.

3) We have two great keynote presentations for you:

Max Valiquette, Innovation and Trends Expert

Trends with Benefits: How Forces in Demographics, Technology and Culture are Changing…and What it Means for Health Care

Jason Ding, Director, TEC Health Accelerator, TEC Edmonton

Building Canada’s Leading Health Innovation Practices in Alberta: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions

Jason Ding

4) Have a look at who is competing

5) Introducing our moderators for the day, Peter Fenwick and Leah Sarich

6) Start tweeting with the hashtag #W21CIA15

That’s it, you are all set for the W21C Innovation Academy.
A big thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible.

Agenda for September 24 Innovation Academy Competition

MacHall AB, MacEwan Conference and Event Centre, University of Calgary
402 Collegiate Blvd NW, Calgary, Alberta


Description Speaker/Moderator Location
09:00 – 09:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast MacHall AB
09:30 – 09:45 am Welcome and Introductions Dr. John Conly
Medical Director, W21C
and Peter Fenwick
MacHall AB
09:45 – 11:00 am Trends with Benefits: How forces in demographics, technology and culture are changing…and what it means for health care Max Valiquette
Innovation & Trends Expert
MacHall AB
11:00 – 11:15 am Nutrition Break MacHall Foyer
11:15 –12:00 pm Mad Minute Presentations Peter Fenwick
and Leah Sarich
MacHall AB
12:00  –  1:30 pm Poster viewing + Networking Lunch MacHall Foyer
  1:30  –  3:00 pm Business Pitch Competition in the style of Dragon’s Den™ Peter Fenwick
and Leah Sarich
MacHall AB
  3:00  –  3:15 pm Nutrition Break MacHall Foyer
  3:15  –  4:05 pm “Building Canada’s Leading Health Innovation Practices in Alberta: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions” Jason Ding
Director, TEC Health Accelerator, TEC Edmonton
MacHall AB
  4:05  –  4:30 pm Innovation Academy Award Ceremony Dr. John Conly
Medical Director, W21C
MacHall AB
  5:00  –  7:00 pm After Party Last Defense Lounge

Space is still available for this free event, everyone is welcome to attend.
Register here.

Meet our 2015 competitors.

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors!

Announcing our 2015 Keynote Speakers

We are very excited to announce our two keynote speakers for the W21C Innovation Academy on September 24! Make sure you don’t miss out on this exciting event, get your free tickets today.

Max Valiquette
Innovation and Trends Expert

Learn more about Max

Photo: Speakers Spotlight

Chris Lumb
CEO, TEC Edmonton

Learn more about Chris

Photo: University of Alberta Energy Club

Registration is now open!

hand-166442_640You can now get your free tickets to the 2015 W21C Innovation Academy competition taking place on September 24 from 9:00 am4:30 pm at MacEwan Hall.

This fast-paced scientific and business pitch competition will feature our health innovation competitor’s ‘Mad Minute’ presentations (one minute to get you excited for their innovation and poster), 3 minute business pitches as well as feature keynote talks on health innovation, and an innovation networking fair.

What is at stake for the competitors?
1) Funding and services to enhance their innovation and business case
2) The Most Promising Idea Award
3) The People’s Choice Award

4) Three spots to compete at the next global health care innovation event taking place in Calgary in August 2016 against international teams from centres such as Switzerland, South Africa, Hong Kong and others

The best part is, it’s free!

Head on over to the Eventbrite page to register.

Also, check out our fantastic sponsors for the event.

Innovation Academy Workshop – Register now

Whether you submitted an abstract to the W21C Innovation Academy,
are still mulling over that perfect concept,
or just want to learn more about launching a health care startup
– this free workshop is for you!

Join us on Wednesday, June 24 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and learn about how to discover your customers, validate your ideas, take your product to market, and navigate the regulatory landscape.
Also gain insight from past W21C Innovation Academy winner, Hisham Al-Shurafa.

The presentations will be followed by a 30 minute networking session.

Jill de Grood, W21C
Jason Innes, Uncommon Innovation
Hisham Al-Shurafa, 2013 Innovation Academy Winner – SnapDx
Fabrizio Chiacchia, Surface Medical
John Simon, TEC Edmonton

W21C Multi-Purpose Room
GD01, TRW Building, University of Calgary
3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB

This free workshop is being offered in person and online, but registration is required.

Register here


Save the Date – Pre-Innovation Academy Session – June 24

Is your concept ready to go for the W21C Innovation Academy?
Or were you not sure about submitting your ideas this time around?

On June 24, 2015 from 3:00 – 5:30 pm MST at W21C, join Jason Innes of Uncommon Innovation as he leads a session on how to validate your ideas and how to take them to the next stage. Featuring 2013 Innovation Academy winner Hisham Al-Shurafa of SnapDX, Fabrizio Chiacchia of Surface Medical, and more to be announced.

This session will also be offered online for those not in Calgary.

Check your e-mail, as session details are confirmed and registration opens.
Not on our mailing list? Sign up here.

Feb 1: A Very Modern Lecture
Photo Credit: John Keane. Creative Commons