Innovate Edmonton and Urban Living Futures are joining forces to work on a database platform and map of Edmonton's innovation ecosystem, which will aim to help local companies connect with customers and investors.
The Edmonton Great Innovations portal, EDGI, "will provide innovation ecosystem members with personalized dashboards to maintain their organization's profile, view emerging commercial and funding opportunities, and log their progress and achievements," a press release explained.
"Mapping the innovation ecosystem allows us to better see who is working on what solutions, which solutions target global mega-trends and global challenges, what the needs of the ecosystem may be, and to see what funding opportunities might exist - creating connections for innovators, investors and potential strategic partners," Innovate Edmonton CEO Catherine Warren told Taproot.
While there have been other attempts to map the ecosystem, like A100's recent initiative to generate a graphic of Edmonton companies or Start Alberta's mapping initiative, Warren explained that this current project is crucial to moving forward.
"Technology to map the system has evolved, we have willing and able partners to help us make it happen, and it is critical for us to get current data collated and out to the world," she said.
"There are companies and groups doing impressive, ground-breaking innovation work in our community and we don't want to miss any of them - we want to build the best mapping system we can to show off our community's innovators - big, small, tech, and other."
Warren also said she believes that initiatives like the Start Alberta project and EDGI are complementary.
"Where the Start Alberta project is primarily tech-focused, and links Alberta-wide ecosystem partners, the EDGI platform is specifically Edmonton-focused, but more broadly defined beyond tech to innovation of all stripes, and incorporates more than scaleup and startup community members that may be innovating," said Warren, pointing to emerging and established innovators, investors, and those who support the ecosystem through programs.