NORTH AMERICAN INNOVATION ACADEMY
15 - 28 JULY, 2020, CALGARY, CANADA
A 10-day entrepreneurship accelerator program.
Learn what it takes to become a global entrepreneur and be a part in a life-changing experience.
In partnership with:
SPEAKERS & MENTORS
University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a global intellectual hub located in Canada’s most enterprising city. In this spirited, high-quality learning environment, students will thrive in programs made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. By 2022, UCalgary will be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, fully engaging the communities that the institute both serves and leads.
The three key areas of focus for the University of Calgary are 1) A sharpened focus on research and scholarship 2) Enriched quality and breadth of learning and 3) Serve as an intellectual, social and cultural hub.
Our accelerated mode of learning has proven to turn ideas into startups in just ten days
Showcase Your Startup Idea to Become the New Unicorn
Say “Hi” To Your Co-participants by Using The EIA Platform
Meet & Talk to EIA’s Chatbot - The Growby
Check Other Ideas in the EIA Program
CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCT SPRINT
Promoting Your Idea
Survival Guide & Experiments for Entrepreneurs
Multicultural Team Management
5 Ways to Create 100M Business & Disrupting Industries
Google Tools Exploitation
Customer Persona Design
B2B & B2C Innovation Systems
Business Model Global Scalability
Growth Hacking Strategies
MARKETING CAMPAIGN & PRODUCT SPRINT
Marketing & Distribution Channels
SEO & Google AdWords Campaign
UX/ UI Design
1000 Customer Acquisition in 100 hours
Product Hackathon with Software Experts
PR & Branding
Finance & Funding Strategies
Pitch Like a Boss!
Fireside Chat with Early Stage Investors
The Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking is the epicenter for interdisciplinary entrepreneurial thinkers and innovators across the University of Calgary campus, and the community. Since its inception in 2017, the Hunter Hub has helped build great ideas into reality by connecting budding entrepreneurs with organizations and individuals within the innovation ecosystem. In addition to an extensive network, the Hub offers workshops, panels, mentorship, competitions, pitch training and access to funding sources. As a nucleus of connectivity and learning, the Hub seeks to integrate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking across UCalgary faculties, community and industry.
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The sunniest city in Canada, Calgary, is located next to the breathtaking scenery of Banff National Park. Besides having hosted one of the most successful Winter Olympics in 1988, The Economist has rated Calgary as fourth-most liveable city in the world. Calgary is a destination like no other: a mix of dynamic big-city energy, cheerful western hospitality and wondrous natural beauty. An urban centre surrounded on all sides by scenic Canadian vistas, Calgary’s diversity as a travel destination is its greatest strength. Wine, dine and take in the ballet, or rough it at a guest ranch in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Read more here.
The Program Playbook guides participants daily as they follow our innovative steps to startup creation.
GROWBY - the official chatbot
A first-of-its-kind AI Chatbot, Growby helps launch startups by assisting and mentoring teams before, during, and after the program.
Startups in our program validate their ideas quickly to avoid wasting time on a product nobody wants. Teams meet their potential customers right on the city streets of Calgary to see if their ideas will hold-up.
Startups present their ideas and solutions to all other participants, mentors and visitors at our public Startup Exposition. Teams will need to pitch their product while responding to questions to gain feedback from industry professionals and fellow peers.