Innovation. It’s the relentless pursuit of new ideas, challenging the status quo, and shaping a better future.
At Alberta Innovates, we believe innovation is key to growing the economy, expanding markets and creating new and better opportunities for Albertans. We are the province’s most comprehensive research and innovation agency, providing programs, networks and connections to entrepreneurs and start-ups to commercialize their innovations and scale their businesses. Our work spans the full spectrum of sectors and industries from health-care providers to the health industry to patients; from forestry to food production; from artificial intelligence to academic research; and from clean energy to carbon capture. Our technical expertise, funding, networks, applied research and engineering capability and facilities help de-risk technologies, stimulate start-ups, and draw funding and investment to Alberta.
One of Alberta Innovates’ roles is to anchor the innovation ecosystem for the province as a whole. Through the Alberta Innovation Network, the Regional Innovation Networks (RINs) and our technology development advisors, we are promoting entrepreneurship and driving innovation and economic development in all corners of the province. In 2021 alone Alberta Innovates invested more than $6.6 million in the Regional Innovation Networks, who provided programs and services to nearly 1,020 clients across the province. Our goal is to build a high performing innovation ecosystem where creativity flourishes, wealth is generated, risk taking is celebrated, and collaboration knows no bounds.
By providing the right supports for research and innovation, we can diversify the economy and create jobs in both emerging and traditional sectors. Entrepreneurs and visionaries can be successful and do business in their own communities and reach markets across the globe.
Weaving innovation through our communities, the RINs are providing support to small and startup technology firms, nurturing the seeds of innovation. The RINs have empowered thousands of local innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies, leading to hundreds of new, made-in-Alberta innovations. By capitalizing on regional strengths and bridging local gaps, we are not just strengthening but advancing a culture of innovation from Grande Prairie to Red Deer to Medicine Hat. In connecting, mentoring and collaborating, the RINs are creating a network of relationships that will allow ups to propel our province towards a brighter bolder future.