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ATB X Accelerator Program

Become one of Alberta’s next great businesses

Looking for expert advice to grow your business? Want to connect with other business founders and achieve your goals?

We help you grow - With ATB X experts, coaching and community. Our free 8 week accelerator program for established Albertan businesses is offered in-person (regulations permitting) or virtually each winter, spring and fall.

Video: Hear how Evelyne Nairo, founder of Ellie Bianca, grew her business thanks to support from ATB X Accelerator.


Work “on”—not just “in”—your business, with ATB X.

What sets us apart

Unlike other accelerator programs, we support all industry types, encourage wellness over hustle and are entrepreneur led. That means we get your growth challenges and celebrate your business milestones—because we’ve been there too.

What we do

Join us for weekly hands-on workshops and up to two full-day, entrepreneur-led bootcamps customized for each cohort. Move your growth goals forward with one-on-one coaching and connections to the Alberta business community.

Who ATB X is best for

Is your company growing rapidly? Are you making over $100K in annual general revenue? Preparing for a new location, product or service, or hiring more employees? ATB X can help you tackle the challenges to reach your growth goals.

Apply now to the ATB X Accelerator Program

You’re an Alberta-based business with 3+ employees? You’re generating over $100k in annual revenue? If you read that and you were nodding your head, then ATB X Accelerator could be a great fit!

Testimonials

ATB X Fall 2019 – Calgary

“ATB X allowed us to step out of our business to work on the business. Hearing useful tips from the weekly experts, and the opportunity to share our expertise and learn from others, was key for our growth.”

ATB X Fall 2019 – Calgary

“ATB X filled our toolbox in areas that we didn't know the tools were missing, like how to build meaningful culture and how to use cash flow as a key sales tool!”

ATB X Winter 2021 – Virtual (Calgary)

"This was a wonderful program for entrepreneurs to focus on their business. Even though everyone's business differs greatly, there is a lot of middle ground that is relevant to everyone."

ATB X Winter 2021 – Virtual (Spruce Grove)

“[ATB X is] a program that brings ideas and provides opportunities to look at all aspects of business and life.”

ATB X Winter 2021 – Virtual (Fort Saskatchewan)

“I realized that I need to have a much better understanding of my numbers and cash flow. This will help me manage my growth.”

Frequently Asked Questions

ATB X isn’t an equity investor and the program is free. You will need to have an ATB business account before the start date of your cohort. Current ATB Business banking clients are invited to apply.

Not currently banking at ATB? Don’t worry we’ll connect you to the right people to help you get started. Plus, if your application is accepted and you finish the program, you’ll automatically get a year of free banking on us—whether you’re new to ATB or have been banking with us for years.

Actually, this accelerator program is ideal for established businesses with 3+ team members and with $100K+ in annual revenue. If you’re running a startup, you can look into our ATB Level Up Online Business Course. It’s designed to help young companies and entrepreneurs to take their business to the next level.

If you’re an enterprising nonprofit or charity operating in Alberta, we’d love for you to apply! Our program focuses on operational growth and delivering a great product or service. This is a great opportunity to apply entrepreneurial thinking to your organization.

We aren’t your typical accelerator. We accept businesses in any industry in Alberta and we customize the programming to suit the needs of the businesses accepted in each cohort.

Topics can include:

  • Building culture
  • Brand storytelling and marketing
  • Growing your sales
  • Expansion, financing and cash flow
  • Team management, hiring and HR
  • Goal setting through the Objectives and Key Results method
  • Entrepreneur wellness
  • Leadership
  • User experience

All of the curriculum is made by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. Plus, everyone on the ATB X team is involved in the business community or has operated their own business.

The program can take up to five hours/week for eight weeks total. You’re expected to show up to all of our weekly three hour workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions. We’ll send you a detailed schedule closer to the cohort launching. These meetings are typically held weekday mornings. Founders and management-level employees are welcome to take the program together.

Applications for ATB X are available only three times a year. We’ll invite only the most-promising businesses to apply, participate in interviews and then ultimately join our growing community. Once accepted, you and your team will spend two months working with our experts to help you reach your growth goal and take your business to the next level.

 

On a base level, our ideal candidates meet the program requirements (we outline those in the FAQ below).

They have a clear growth goal or growth challenge to overcome and are coachable. They have a desire to grow and learn and want to connect with a community of other business owners.

We find that businesses that have been in operation for two or more years and have a growing team of three or more often get the most out of the program, since they’re able to apply the learnings across all of their operations and systems.

You’ll need to meet the following requirements to join ATB X:

  • Be an Alberta-based company
  • Have one founder who can participate full time
  • You made over $100K in annual general revenue in the last year

You’ll also need to have a business banking account with ATB before the start date of your cohort. Already banking with ATB Business? Please apply.

Not currently banking at ATB? Don’t worry we’ll connect you to the right people to help you get started. Plus, if your application is accepted and you finish the program, you’ll automatically get a year of free banking on us—whether you’re new to ATB or have been banking with us for years.

We offer ATB X three times per year, in the fall, winter and spring. If you’re interested in the program and missed the application date, please apply and we’ll reach out when the next cohort application opens.

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