SPARK Calgary supports the commercialization journey of digital health innovations by providing advice, education, and connections.
SPARK Calgary is a one-year program supporting evidence-based digital health innovations within the University of Calgary and other local academic institutions. Clinical and social impact are the key drivers of SPARK, where we aim to bridge science and clinical practice and ensure that important ideas and discoveries make it into practice to benefit patients.
SPARK is based within W21C Research & Innovation Centre and supported by Innovate Calgary. The program is directed by Dr. Scott Kraft, MD, and managed by Nicola Quiggin. The program is currently being conducted in a hybrid format, with opportunities to gather in-person at W21C in Calgary and also the ability to join events through Zoom.
The goal of SPARK is to advance evidence-based digital health innovations to increase their chance of impact for patients in clinical and community settings. We respect that each participant’s pathway and the barriers they face in the innovation ecosystem are unique. Therefore, each innovator’s journey and program outcomes will look different. As part of your application, you will map out your desired pathway and we will work with you to achieve those goals.