Alberta budget 2015 provides $50M in funding for Alberta-based companies

Alberta entrepreneurs are getting a big funding boost from this year’s budget to get their ideas off the ground.

Fifty-million dollars of funding will go to Alberta-based companies to help get their ideas from concepts to reality.

The NDP government released its 2015-2016 budget Tuesday.

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The Alberta Enterprise Corporation (AEC) will use the funds in partnership with Alberta’s venture capital community.

The money will be split over two years, with $25 million being available in 2015 and 2016.

The AEC works on a fund-of-funds model where AEC invests in venture capital funds.

“Alberta is one of the best places to start a business,” said Premier Rachel Notley. “This investment allows Alberta’s strong venture capital industry to help more Albertans turn their innovative ideas into opportunities that diversify our economy and provide jobs.”

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Deron Bilous, minister of Economic Development and Trade said, for Alberta entrepreneurs, access to venture capital also opens doors to business experience and marketplace knowledge.

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“The benefits of this collaborative approach create jobs in new companies, and new products and solutions for the Alberta and export markets,” said Bilous.

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 “Our previous investments have generated solid interest in Alberta entrepreneurs by venture capital funds, resulting in both new products and local high-tech jobs. This new allocation of capital allows us to continue fulfilling our mandate to create access to capital for Alberta-based technology companies,” said Kristina Williams with AEC.
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Funded by the province, the AEC was created in 2009.

In June of 2013, at a Public Accounts Committee meeting, Alberta Enterprise Corporation were put in the hot seat by MLAs of all party stripes, who questioned where the AEC’s money is going.

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