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VIDEO: Apply now for the Fall 2019 Incubator

Incubator is a free 24-week program to help start-up and aspiring entrepreneurs flesh out their ideas and build a full-fledged business plan with the help of hands-on class time, peer support, and one-on-one business coaching. The next cohort begins on October 1 and we can’t wait to help you make your business idea into a […]

On the SunnyCider life: giving new life to old fruit

It began six years ago as a hobby between friends, and now SunnyCider is the first craft cidery in Alberta.  “I think we just have to bring back local business,” says SunnyCider co-founder Dennis Scanland. “If you’re shopping local, you bring it back to core values and helping each other out at a human level.”  Scanland co-founded SunnyCider alongside “instrumental” friends Tim and Darlene Kitchen, […]

Worker-owned restaurant flips restaurant industry on its head

Jared Blustein never thought he’d open a restaurant, until one day he thought to open a restaurant where every single staff member was also an owner. Thus, The Allium, Calgary’s first worker coop restaurant was born.  The restaurant launched in mid-August of 2019 in the heart of Downtown Calgary, boasting a locally-sourced vegetarian menu including mushroom spaetlzle, buckwheat polenta, and spaghettini, with […]
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Incubator graduate fights human trafficking with beach bags

Thea Caye is changing the world for women, one beach bag at a time.  A passionate feminist and advocate for those living in poverty, founder Carlie Rioux partners with a Fair–Trade factory in Nepal, hiring women to sew beach bags at a living wage — all of whom are survivors of human trafficking.  “Human trafficking is the fastest-growing […]

A Conversation with Cynthia Watson

Cynthia Watson likes to say that she “reverse-engineered” her career path. She started in palliative care, working with people in end-of-life care. Then she moved to the Repsol Sport Centre, where her focus was on high-performance athletes. Now, she’s in her third year as CEO—that’s Chief Evolution Officer—at Vivo for Healthier Generations. At Vivo, the […]