The program launched in 2014 and
we’ve already seen great success!

Business Success

More than 120 people have completed SMARTstart. Our entrepreneurs have opened businesses, grown their businesses, and have improved their business practices.

We’ve also had participants determine that their idea is not viable or that they don’t have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. We also consider this a success. SMARTstart is all about helping entrepreneurs realize their potential.

We’re proud to say many of our entrepreneurs and mentors have been recognized for their success. Several have won or been nominated for an Airdrie Business Award.


An Award-Winning Program

Others have noticed that SMARTstart is a one-of-a-kind program. SMARTstart has been recognized with the following awards:

  • Alex Metcalfe Award–Best Community Economic Development Project from Economic Developers Alberta
  • Innovation Award from Community Futures Network of Alberta
  • Above & Beyond Award: Economic Sustainability from Alberta Urban Municipalities Association