Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta


The Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta (RINSA) was formed in 2011 as a collaborative partnership between Alberta Innovates with Economic Development Lethbridge/Tecconnect, Lethbridge College, and the University of Lethbridge. It has since grown to over 10 member organizations:

  • University of Lethbridge
  • Tecconnect / EDL
  • Lethbridge College
  • Alberta Innovates
  • Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce
  • Okotoks Economic Development
  • Piikani Resource Development
  • Blood Tribe Economic Development
  • Community Futures
  • Southgrow Regional Initiative
  • Alberta Southwest Regional Economic Development

Quick Highlights

RINSA operates with a client service model focused on the client, outcomes and collaboration. The main clients of RINSA are entrepreneurs with start-ups/small businesses with a focus on technology and innovation. RINSA collectively assists start-ups and small businesses to successfully navigate the commercialization system through programs, services, and resources. As a part of the Alberta Innovation Network, RINSA can leverage opportunities to collaborate with other regional innovation networks throughout the province as well.


• Southwest Alberta-based SMEs
• Technology or knowledge-based entrepreneurs


• Access to experienced business advisors
• Ecosystem navigators
• One-on-one guidance
• Matchmaking and network connections
• Training and workshops
• Meeting and work space



• Accelerate growth
• Coaching and network development
• Education and learning
• Access to non-dilutive capital

What is a Regional Innovation Network (RIN)?

The ultimate goal of all Regional Innovation Networks (RINs) across the province is to create community-based networks of programs and services to accelerate the growth of technology and knowledge-based entrepreneurs and venture development.

To achieve this goal, some of the main objectives are to:

  • Create a collaborative framework involving key players and stakeholders in the regional innovation ecosystem to help support and grow the entrepreneurial culture in Alberta.


  • Identify gaps and trends in the innovation ecosystem for entrepreneurs and adapt service delivery and programs to fill those gaps.


    • Deliver a collaborative and coordinated network approach to serving the region’s innovation ecosystem.
    • Share and leverage opportunities for learning across the Alberta Innovation network.

    Entrepreneur Centric


    Community-Based and Pan-Alberta


    Prioritizing Interconnected Sharing and Learning


    Adaptable and Focused on Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusiveness of Services

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