The SMARTstart Airdrie program launched in 2014, and has experienced a lot of success!


Business Success

Over 100 people have completed SMARTstart. Airdrie entrepreneurs have opened businesses, grown their businesses, and improved their business practices.

Some participants in SMARTstart Airdrie have determined that their idea is not viable or that they don’t have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. This is also considered a success. SMARTstart is all about helping entrepreneurs realize their potential.

SMARTstart is represented in other ways in the Airdrie community.  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 Airdrie 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


Airdrie Statistics 2014-2020

Status at End of Program Participants %
Idea on Hold 14 11%
Idea in Development 13 11%
Started a Business 21 17%
Business Continues 27 22%
Business Expansion 34 28%
Withdrew/Incomplete 13 11%
Total 122