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August 2023

Alberta IoT Fast Track Program: Alumni Testimonial Highlights Program’s Impact

By | Alberta IoT Association News

The Alberta IoT Fast Track Program offers participants a unique platform to connect with industry experts and fellow leaders, gaining invaluable insights and guidance to propel them to new markets and growth opportunities.  

Through instructional sessions led by business experts specializing in marketing strategies, accessing capital, leadership for growth, and more, participants dive deep into various aspects crucial to the future success of their ventures. By fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing, the program enables founders to tap into the vast expertise and resources available, further enhancing their ability to grow and scale.  

Alumni Testimonial: Peter Crawley – Founder, President and CEO of PCC Integrate 

In the following testimonial, we learn more about the experience of a program participant who has graduated from the Fast Track Program and gone onto continued success.  

Peter Crawley joined Alberta IoT at the Fast Track information session held on August 9, 2023. There, we heard about PCC Integrate’s journey through the first-ever Fast Track cohort and the value it added to the organization. 

I’m an immigrant to Canada and I’ve been in Calgary since 2005, establishing connections within the tech ecosystem was a priority at the time. Having someone who not only understood the landscape but actively facilitated introductions proved to be invaluable. The events we were able to attend through the program acted as our entry point to industry influencers and the broader tech ecosystem. It’s no exaggeration to say that the introductions opened doors for us, and they came through Alberta IoT. 

Alberta IoT acted as our champions in the industry. Their dedication to promoting our ecosystem is evident in every interaction. It’s not just about us; it’s about fostering growth. A prime example of their impact was in helping us fine-tune our pitch. The coaching and guidance we received played a pivotal role in securing our very first lead investor. That moment was a turning point, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the insights gained from the Fast Track Program. 

If you’re considering joining the program, my advice is to make the most of the resources available. The one-on-one consultations proved to be massively important for us. They provide tailored guidance that addresses your specific needs and challenges, which is hard to find elsewhere. Our journey is a testament to the doors the program can open and the connections it can help you forge.  

About the Program 

The Alberta IoT Fast Track Program is designed to accelerate the growth of your organization by providing tailored knowledge and resources. Start by getting to know your fellow scale-ups and program facilitators, build connections and get the most out of the program. Dive into essential modules, from mastering sales strategy to accessing grants and funding. Prepare for investor success through our investor readiness session, and craft a compelling pitch. Develop dynamic marketing and leadership strategies to help you grow. Explore international markets and learn to navigate legal considerations, ensuring comprehensive preparedness for global expansion. Plus, take advantage of exclusive one-on-one mentorship opportunities that provide personalized guidance as you navigate this exciting journey. 

About Alberta IoT: 

Alberta IoT is a non-profit, member-based association that exists to nurture and support the growth of Alberta’s Internet of Things and emerging technology sectors. Our mission is to position Alberta as the worldwide leader in IoT and emerging technology. 

To learn more about the Alberta IoT Fast Track Program and to apply for Cohort 8, please visit our website


Anne-Marie Wilms 

Nurturing Innovation and Growth in Alberta

By | Alberta IoT Association News

In the fast-evolving landscape of technology, Alberta IoT, our non-profit, member-based association, is playing a pivotal role in fostering and supporting the growth of Alberta’s Internet of Things (IoT) and emerging technology sectors. With a mission to position Alberta as a global leader in IoT and emerging technologies, we have established several impactful programs and platforms designed to amplify innovation, facilitate capital connection, support tech talent, and advocate for a stronger voice in government.


Fast Track Business Accelerator Program

The Fast Track Business Accelerator Program is tailored specifically for Alberta-based IoT and emerging tech companies, this 10-week comprehensive virtual accelerator program equips scale-up companies with the knowledge and resources needed to take their businesses to new heights.

Participants in the program gain access to 20 hours of 1-on-1 mentorship, sessions led by industry experts, and a supportive community of like-minded innovators. The program covers vital aspects of business scaling, from refining business models to strategic planning, sales strategy, legal considerations and investor pitch practice. By providing a robust support system, the Fast Track Business Accelerator Program empowers companies to overcome challenges and realize their full potential in the ever-competitive tech landscape.

Start-Up Visa Program (SUV)

As one of the 40 official designated organizations for the Government of Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program, Alberta IoT offers the Start-Up Visa Program (SUV) for scale-up companies looking to establish themselves in the Canadian market. This initiative seeks innovative, tech-based companies with a proven revenue stream that can create jobs for Canadians and contribute to Alberta’s thriving tech ecosystem.

The SUV Program supports the permanent residency process for international companies, offering them an opportunity to integrate into the blossoming tech scene in Alberta. This program not only welcomes innovative scale-ups but also adds diversity and talent to the region, further enriching Alberta’s tech landscape.

Canadian Market Entry Program

The Canadian Market Entry Program is a comprehensive 4-week virtual course designed for scale-up companies seeking to establish a foothold in the Alberta market. Tailored to innovative, tech-based companies with a proven revenue stream, this program is a component of the Start-Up Visa Program and also serves as a stand-alone course for international companies seeking to expand their business into the Alberta market.

Led by a team of experienced experts in each field, the Canadian Market Entry Program covers all aspects of Alberta business operations, providing invaluable insights to help companies build a strong foundation for a successful launch in Alberta. By supporting international companies in navigating the intricacies of the Canadian market, Alberta IoT actively contributes to making the region a global hub for tech innovation.

Alberta IoT Membership

At the core of who we are sits our Alberta IoT membership, which serves as a platform to forge meaningful connections within the Alberta IoT and emerging tech industry. Alberta IoT membership opens the door to a host of events that offer tailored experiences for personal and professional growth. These events may include workshops, seminars, conferences and specialized training sessions led by industry leaders and experts. 


The Science Park

Science Park, powered by Alberta IoT, is a virtual platform that fosters innovation and collaboration between industry and academia. Our virtual ecosystem uses machine learning to match industry partners with researchers, assets and academia, enabling innovative solutions to real-world problems. If you’re a company looking to innovate but are missing a particular skill set or access to specialized equipment and facilities, Science Park will find you that perfect match. Similarly, if you or your organization have specialized expertise, equipment, or facilities, Science Park will put you in touch with the people who need them. This standardizes matchmaking and collaboration, improves efficiency, and – most importantly – sparks ingenuity and creativity through fresh connections.

Through our programs and platforms, our Alberta IoT team is making substantial strides in nurturing innovation, fostering growth, and supporting emerging technology sectors in Alberta. By providing the necessary resources, mentorship, and connections, we work to firmly position the province as a frontrunner in the world of IoT and emerging technologies. As our organization continues to amplify Alberta innovations, facilitate connections to capital, support tech talent, and advocate for a stronger tech presence, we reinforce our commitment to shaping a vibrant and robust future for Alberta’s tech ecosystem.

Alberta IoT Membership: Event Recap 

By | Alberta IoT Association News

As a member-driven organization, Alberta IoT emphasizes bringing together our community. One of the incredible benefits of being an Alberta IoT member is exclusive access to discounts for the events we attend throughout the year. By becoming a member, individuals and businesses unlock savings on registration fees, making these invaluable conferences and symposiums more accessible than ever. So far this year, Alberta IoT members have received discounts at the Alberta Tech Symposium and Inventures, and we are offering a discount for the upcoming IoT North Conference in November.  

Alberta Tech Symposium – April 2023 

The Alberta Technology Symposium brings the spotlight to Alberta’s incredible technology sector. Showcasing leading companies in blockchain, machine learning, and IoT. Alberta IoT Members received a 15% discount for attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors at the 2023 Alberta Technology Symposium. 

Inventures – May 2023 

Inventures brought together the best and brightest in global innovation for three days of learning, inspiration, and creative collisions. Alberta IoT Members received nearly 70% off registration fees for attendees. Along with discounted registration fees, Alberta IoT was able to have members ZeroKey Inc., and Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning division join us at the Inventures day 2 afterparty this year! 

IoT North Conference – November 2023 

At IoT North Conference, world-leading companies and trailblazers share the latest trends and insights about the progression and future of tech and innovation. Experts and practitioners take center stage and provide over 60 hours of thought leadership. Alberta IoT is a proud partner of the exciting conference happening in November 2023 this year. Alberta IoT Members receive a 10% discount for attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors.   

In addition to conference discounts, Alberta IoT offers access to exclusive events and networking opportunities to our members, as well as early registration access for event and collaboration opportunities. These events may include workshop sessions with industry leaders, access to private tours, and invitations to members-only gatherings or roundtable discussions. By attending these events, you can build relationships with the emerging technology community, gain insider knowledge about the industry, and potentially even secure new business opportunities. Such events include Alberta IoTs’ Smart Construction event, Demo Days, Founders Basecamp, and our Tax Strategy Workshop. 

Smart Construction – May 2023 

Smart Construction brought together some of the best in the industry to have a discussion on how technology is influencing the way we build. A look at the current state of construction technology, as well as emerging trends and their impact on the direction of smart construction. This event was presented with the support of EllisDon and KPMG. 

Alberta IoT Demo Day – October 2023 

Demo Day will bring together industry partners to highlight the technology driving change across sectors such as construction, oil & gas, accounting, agriculture and much more. Participating organizations will be highlighting both the technology along with what a career in a transforming industry could look like. We are thrilled to be hosting this event for the second year in a row in Calgary and Edmonton. This event was supported by SAIT School for Advanced Digital Technology and Calgary Economic Development in 2022. 

Founders Basecamp and Tax Strategy Workshop – March & June 2023 

Alberta IoT is committed to supporting scaling companies in the Alberta Tech Sector, and we use our workshops to help support organizations achieve next-level growth. With the help of companies like Valhalla Private Capital, Founders Basecamp was able to educate companies about raising capital. Our Tax Workshop for Small Businesses with KPMG was able to support companies looking to develop a small business tax strategy. 

Interested in our other Alberta IoT events?  

Check them out HERE. We can’t wait to see you soon.


Alberta IoT is a non-profit, member-based association that exists to nurture and support the growth of Alberta’s Internet of Things and emerging technology sectors. Our mission is to position Alberta as the worldwide leader in IoT and emerging technology.