Wood Buffalo Regional Innovation Network
Supporting entrepreneurs and innovators in our community.
About Regional Innovation Networks (RIN)
Regional Innovation Network (RIN) are community-based networks of entrepreneur-focused
organizations that provide programs and services that aim to accelerate the growth of
technology and knowledge based businesses in their region.
There are currently eight RINs in Alberta, including Wood Buffalo Regional Innovation Network
(WBRIN). RINs are funded by the Government of Alberta, and administered by Alberta
About Wood Buffalo Regional Innovation Network (WBRIN)
The WBRIN supports initiatives, programs, services and events that strengthen the
entrepreneurial and innovation community in the Wood Buffalo region.
Our purpose is to increase and capture innovation on the front lines, attract technologies and
talent to our community, and inspire a whole new generation of entrepreneurs across Fort
McMurray and the entire Wood Buffalo region.
The WBRIN is not an organization; it is a network. The organizing body is made up of six
organizations, who occupy the roles of co-chairs and a steering committee.
WBRIN Steering Commitee Members
The WBRIN’s purpose is to support technology and knowlege-based innovators and entrepreneurs by:
Identifying gaps in the ecosystem and finding solutions to address those gaps
Program & Services
Hosting and supporting programs, services and events in the region
Connecting entrepreneurs to programs, services and events around the province
Connecting businesses to a regional Technology Development Advisor, who provides one-on-one support and advice to entrepreneurs
WBRIN & Startup YMM
During our strategic planning, the WBRIN identified the need to provide entrepreneurs ongoing access to skills, space, and mentorship to turn their ideas into scalable businesses. We developed the concept of Startup YMM, an initiative that follows best practices in other regions across the country. WBEDC has the responsibility of bringing this concept to life, and managing the programming and day-to-day operations. The WBRIN continues to support Startup YMM through some of its key programs and events.
Frequently asked questions
What is the WBRIN?
The WBRIN is a network of organizations that support initiatives, programs, services and events that strengthen the entrepreneurial and innovation community in the Wood Buffalo region.
How do I get involved?
We are here to support entrepreneurs. We are most effective when everyone participates. You can get involved by:
- Attending our events and sharing your feedback with us
- Participating in our programs
- Sharing your viewpoint on the gaps and challenges of our entrepreneurial ecosystem
- Supporting the community with your expertise
- Joining one of our working groups that is tackling a specific challenge
How are you funded?
We are funded by Alberta Innovates.