From energy to education, Alberta is already leading the world
Meet the 25 organizations making that happen
by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan
This past March the sharpest minds in the high-tech industry gathered in San Francisco for the Global Technology Symposium and its highlight event: the Global Innovator Competition. There were 13 companies from around the world competing, each of which had been picked out of a pool of 2,000 companies and vetted by an international panel of judges. Despite fierce competition from Denmark, Russia, Brazil and the U.S., the judges named a little-known Calgary company called eThor as “the most innovative startup in the world.” That’s right, the world.
But eThor, which integrates point-of-sale systems at retail outlets into customers’ smartphones, isn’t alone when it comes to innovation. That’s why Alberta Venture is celebrating 25 Alberta-based innovators that we carefully selected from a list of more than 100 candidates. These are organizations – be they corporations, government entities or not-for-profits – that are changing their industries, the province and the country for the better.