Grande Prairie Entrepreneur Network puts $778,000 in funding to use

Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network hopes $778,500 in funding from the provincial government will allow them to continue helping Peace Country entrepreneurs turn their ideas into tangible, marketable products.

GPRIN committee member Tom Pura says that while this is not new money, as it was originally given to the organization on April 1, it allows them to leverage important partnerships within of the regional innovation network.

“We leverage local partnerships and that allows us to continue to support innovators not just in Grande Prairie, but across our region, and it’s a great region,” he says.

“Any funding and support we receive is tremendous, as it allows us to reach so many smaller communities in the region and encourage anyone with an idea to grow it and succeed with it.”

Pura says Grande Prairie has long been known as a region rich in an entrepreneurial spirit, but it’s harnessing that spirit that will not only help build confidence in current business ideas, but also help open up doors to those who haven’t even figured out that next big plan yet.

“A lot of innovators have ideas, and they might not be quite sure how to get that idea to the production line and bring it to life,” he says.

“They’re not necessarily business-type people, but they have great ideas, so if we can provide a little bit of support to commercialize that idea…it allows us to be a strong, stable, reliable resource for our innovators and contractors. »

According to the Government of Alberta, innovation networks, including the one in Grande Prairie, were created in 2008 and have helped 7,000 innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses, leading to 354 new innovations to date.

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