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National research and education network partners support Startup Calgary in boosting small businesses’ bottom lines

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on November 22, 2013

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, together with its Alberta advanced network partner, Cybera, today announced a partnership with Startup Calgary to provide Calgary area entrepreneurs with access to a suite of powerful cloud-based resources to support rapid product development and commercialization.


CANARIE and Cybera are partners in Canada’s National Research and Education Network, providing ultra high­ speed connectivity supporting today’s most advanced research and innovation. The partnership with Startup Calgary is a way to leverage this powerful infrastructure to support a strong information and communications technology (ICT) sector and a broad swath of entrepreneurs who are driving Canada’s economic growth.

Through this partnership, Startup Calgary will provide a white-label offering of CANARIE’s Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR) program, which is delivered through CANARIE’s partners Cybera and Compute Canada, Canada’s national platform for high performance computing. DAIR provides free cloud-based compute, network and storage resources for entrepreneurs to develop, test, prototype and demonstrate next-generation products. DAIR’s made-in-Canada cloud provides entrepreneurs with the time horizon, scalability and cost certainty that other cloud offerings do not. All Startup Calgary members and community associates will be eligible for the Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR).

Startup Calgary is an entrepreneur-led, grassroots, non-profit organization that strives to activate startups, connect founders and grow the tech ecosystem in Calgary. It coordinates 70+ events per year including Startup Weekend, NEXT Pre-accelerator, Hack Nights, Mobile Mondays, DemoCamp, BarCamp and more, by collaborating with community partners and sponsors to provide entrepreneurs with the networks and resources they need to launch and grow companies.

The partnership announcement is being made in conjunction with Startup Calgary’s 4th Annual Launch Party, an annual celebration of Calgary’s startup community where ten of the up-and-coming and most promising local tech startups are showcased to an audience of entrepreneurs, investors, government, corporations, media and more. Awards and prizes are given, and the community as a whole comes together to connect with one another and celebrate entrepreneurship.

The Startup Calgary partnership is the first western Canada implementation of the Powered by DAIR partner model, in which organizations supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, including business incubators and accelerators, secure a block of DAIR resources and offer the service as an extension to their existing services. In addition to co-branded resources, administrative and marketing support is provided to assist in providing cloud incubation support to clients. The Powered by DAIR model helps partners to build their brand, deliver greater value to their clients and obtain greater leverage for investments in business incubation and acceleration services. For entrepreneurs, it’s a one stop shop of services, reducing the burden of navigating various programs. The Powered by DAIR offering provides a free, made-in-Canada cloud solution with no hidden costs that is available to users for at least one year, allowing entrepreneurs to focus on innovation and growth with cost certainty.

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“Our partnership with Startup Calgary gives Calgary entrepreneurs an opportunity to see for themselves how DAIR’s cloud technologies can transform their business models,” says Peter Wilenius, Vice President, Business Development at CANARIE. “Powerful computing resources and easy scalability make it possible for startups and very small companies to build next-generation products that can perform at large scale, driving a competitive edge in a global marketplace.”

“Building a startup is an all-consuming task, and with DAIR’s world-class cloud computing resources provided for free, Calgary entrepreneurs now have one less thing to worry about in their mission to create world-class companies,” says Hisham AI-Shurafa, Co-Founder and Chairman of Startup Calgary.

“This is a province built by entrepreneurs. It’s at the very core of what makes us Albertans — and Canadians. At Cybera, we are connecting this spirit to advanced technology. The results will be dramatic indeed for companies in creation,” says Robin Winsor, President and CEO of Cybera. “We are delighted to help bring this important CANARIE program to the west.”

For more information, please contact:

Ela Ienzi
Communications Manager
CANARIE Inc. (613) 943-5432
ela.ienzi@canarie.ca

About CANARIE:

CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada’s research, education and innovation communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE’s roots are in advanced networking, and CANARIE continues to evolve the national ultra-high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network.

CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada’s high-tech entrepreneurs, CANARIE offers cloud-computing services to help them accelerate product development and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, form Canada’s advanced network alliance. This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canada’s researchers and innovators provincially, nationally, and globally to the data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that are at the heart of prosperity in the digital economy.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

About Startup Calgarv

Startup Calgary is an entrepreneur-led, grassroots, non-profit organization that strives to activate startups, connect founders and grow the tech ecosystem in Calgary. It coordinates 70+ events per year including Startup Weekend, NEXT Pre-accelerator, Hack Nights, Mobile Mondays, DemoCamp, BarCamp and more, by collaborating with community partners and sponsors to provide entrepreneurs with the networks and resources they need to launch and grow companies.

For more information, please visit: www.startupcalgary.ca