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Corporate Incubation Launch!

Updated: Feb 28



Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) and Co.Labs are thrilled to announce a ground-breaking partnership that will build Saskatchewan’s first Corporate Incubation (CI) Team. This initiative will empower internal ‘intrapreneurs’ at FCL by taking them from a traditional corporate environment into one purpose-built to develop and adopt new technologies.


This new CI Team will be tasked with developing a “smart grid” that will use Internet of Things (IoT) devices to control electrical loads in Co-op convenience stores during power outages. The technology solution will also be capable of demonstrating electrical demand response for energy savings.


“Due to major advancements in the development of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, we believe there’s an opportunity to reduce purchased electricity from the grid and significantly improve the resiliency of operations during power outages at local Co-op retails,”
- Nevine Booth, Director of Growth and Development, FCL

CI has emerged in recent years as an effective tool that enables large organizations to consistently innovative through leveraging the benefits of startup principles such as agility and speed. Its demonstrated success across the globe has proven that corporate leaders and tech startups have much to learn from one another in today’s rapidly changing digital economy. Co.Labs’ CI program provides clients with:

  1. Co-location: working alongside early-stage startups, corporate teams are immersed in startup culture as they seek to develop and adopt new technologies. This will allow them to take advantage of the many benefits which are inherent to startups such as speed, nimbleness, and disruption;

  2. Programming & Mentorship: corporate teams will have access to Co.Labs’ international mentorship pool as well as curated programming to support their development efforts;

  3. Talent Attraction: CI serves as a platform for large organizations to attract top talent in markets where there is growing competition for computer programmers and engineers.


Jordan Dutchak (L), Executive Director at Co.Labs, interviewing Tom Kishchuk, VP of Operational Support at FCL, during the latest Co.mmunity Night which hosted over 175 people from the tech community.

How it Works

  1. Identification: Co.Labs works with a client to identify a significant problem or opportunity facing the organization;

  2. Team Assembly: Co.Labs supports the organization in recruiting a CI Team Lead to spearhead the project;

  3. Incubation: Throughout the term of the project, the CI Team physically locates at Co.Labs and participates in curated programming as they develop and adopt new technologies;

  4. Integration: Once a technology has been developed or procured, it is then integrated into the core organization and deployed.


The central purpose of CI is to solve a complex problem facing an organization or to take advantage of a unique opportunity by way of developing and adopting new technologies. Expected deliverables for this project are:


  1. Developing a full understanding of electrical loads in Co-op convenience stores;

  2. IoT technology selection/validation for electrical load control;

  3. Energy storage technology selection;

  4. Algorithm and user interface development;

  5. Bench testing of system components.


“There are additional benefits of the program such as the proliferation of startup culture throughout the organization and the empowerment of internal entrepreneurs. These allow large organizations to continue to innovate and remain ahead of market disruption”
- Jordan Dutchak, Executive Director, Co.Labs.

About Co.Labs


Co.Labs is Saskatchewan’s first technology incubator. Its mission is to accelerate the development of Saskatchewan’s tech sector by identifying high-potential startup founders and helping them take their technology from an idea to $1 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR) in under 3 years with a smart cap-table. In the past 29 months, Co.Labs has incubated 88 startups that have collectively raised $8 million in private investment, generated over $10 million in revenues, and created more than 160 full-time jobs for Saskatchewan’s economy.


About FCL


Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), based in Saskatoon, is the 54th largest company in Canada and the largest non-financial co-operative in Canada. FCL is a unique multi-billion dollar wholesaling, manufacturing, marketing and administrative co-operative owned by more than 170 autonomous retail co-operatives across Western Canada. Together FCL and those local retail co-operatives form the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS). The CRS serves our members and communities with products and services that help build, feed and fuel individuals and communities from Vancouver Island to northwestern Ontario. Our total workforce of 25,000 employees serve 1.9 million active individual members and many more non-member customers at 1,500 retail locations in more than 580 communities. We are a different kind of business – we are locally invested, community-minded and offer lifetime membership benefits including patronage refunds, quality products, quality service and fair prices. More information is available at www.fcl.crs.


For more information, contact:


Cameron Zimmer Communications and Public Relations Manager Federated Co-operatives Limited Phone: 306-244-1614 Email: cam.zimmer@fcl.crs


Graeme Jobe

Finance & Partnerships Manager

Co.Labs

Email: graeme@co-labs.ca

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