Program Challenges

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 Program Overview

The Alberta Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative (ASBIRI) is a novel and cutting-edge program.

Alberta Innovates first develops relationships with Industry Partners to identify challenges in their operations that, if addressed, would give them an edge in the global marketplace.

Next, Alberta Innovates and our Industry Partners jointly invite Alberta's SMEs to leverage their ingenuity and compete for the opportunity to develop a technology-based solution for the well defined operational challenge.

The result is a focused, industry-government partnership and a project built on the principles of demand-pull innovation. Resources are allocated where there is a clear existing industry need, ensuring a targeted research and innovation investment.

For more detailed information about the Program, please read the Program Guide and Application Forms for the Alberta Small Business and Research Initiative.  

Are you an entrepreneur looking to find additional resources within Alberta? Contact one of our Technology Development Advisors or visit Connectica.

 Industry Partners

Critical to the success of this program will be the engagement and cultivation of challenges from Industry Partners. We are actively seeking Industry Partners that have:

  • A strong presence in Alberta.
  • Capacity to actively participate in the program and test technologies within an existing operating environment.
  • Capability to procure a successful technological solution (not a requirement).
  • A high-level of market influence.

If you would like the opportunity to participate in the program, please contact:

Garth Likes
Director, Alberta Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative



If you are an SME developing a technology in Alberta, we encourage you to check back periodically for new challenges. Also, please contact us should you have any questions regarding existing challenges.