Kinetica Innovation Centre
The KICS Prototyping Lab at SAIT is a program that supports the design, prototyping and testing of clean energy technologies. KICS is targeted specifically to clean energy technology start-ups and researchers by offering a place they can develop their own proprietary products through access to mentoring, equipment and other supports.
Research area and purpose
KICS offers a variety of resources and services to clean energy entrepreneurs in the program. In addition to a secure lab environment, participants receive support to develop and execute a detailed project plan that outlines budgets, milestones, testing and other critical items.
As part of the program, SAIT offers fee-based services for any testing, fabrication or experimentation required during prototype development. Access to specialized labs and equipment is complemented by collaboration with students and research staff.
There is also fee-for-service access to specialized services and entrepreneurial development programs for participants looking to build a company or license their research to an existing company. Services include: Intellectual Property Management, Grant Assistance and Guidance, Industry Technology Championship, Energy Technology Incubation and Accelerator Services.
KICS utilizes 2,200 square feet of space within SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services’ Aldred Centre. It is best described as a co-working wet and mechanical lab space, offering a combination of dedicated and co-working style space and services to help energy start-ups and researchers accelerate their prototype development.
The KICS lab offers co-working space for up to eight researchers or innovators. The space includes access to
- Three fume hoods/chemical workbenches
- Mechanical/electrical workbenches
- Bench ventilation and vacuum systems
- Sinks, compressed air, natural gas
- Common lunchroom
- Meeting rooms
- Fee-for-service testing and fabrication facilities
This innovative and entrepreneurial workspace is the result of a collaboration between SAIT, Innovate Calgary and the University of Calgary, with support from Western Economic Diversification.
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