November 30, 2020.

SPARK Calgary is a translational research program supporting digital health innovators within the University of Calgary and other local academic institutions. Translational research aims to bridge science and clinical practice and ensure that important ideas and discoveries from the university make it into practice to benefit patients.

Our program’s focus is digital health innovation and we are based within W21C Research & Innovation Centre under W21C’s digital health strategy. The program is currently being conducted remotely, over Zoom.

Expected Outcomes

The goal of SPARK is to advance academic digital health innovations to increase their chance of impact for patients in clinical and community settings. Program outcomes include:

  • Becoming a startup
  • Licensing your product to an existing company
  • Reaching clinical trial
  • Gaining entry into a competitive accelerator or incubator to continue developing your solution
  • Receiving federal funding or external investment

Click here to learn more about the SPARK Calgary program.

The deadline for applications for the 2021 cohort is 11:59pm on January 31, 2021.

Click here to begin the application process.