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Edmonton Regional Innovation Network secures $4.9M in funding

The Edmonton Regional Innovation Network (ERIN) has secured $4.9 million over three years from Alberta Innovates to help ensure that Edmonton-based founders have free access to the programs and services needed for growth.

Innovate Edmonton has been selected by the ERIN Steering Committee to serve as the lead proponent for the grant. The funding is part of a three-year, $18.7 million investment into Alberta Innovates that the province announced on May 10 for regional innovation networks across Alberta.

“Innovation is a team game, and it takes all levels of government working in concert to establish internationally competitive businesses and position Edmonton as an inclusive global innovation capital,” said Innovate Edmonton CEO Catherine Warren.

“Together with our funders and Edmonton’s innovators, we develop and sustain a globally recognized and relevant urban innovation ecosystem that creates jobs and contributes to the enduring resilience, vitality and identity of Alberta’s capital,” Warren said. “We thank ERIN for the confidence that they place in our inclusive approach and Alberta Innovates for this generous ecosystem funding.”

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  • Lacombe’s Blindman Brewing has collaborated with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) on its May Long Double IPA. The cans are adorned with AI-generated label art in celebration of AI Week, which is happening in Edmonton from May 24 to 27. “AI Week is a perfect time to launch this hop-filled beauty – and now the artwork on the outside of the can is just as beautiful as what’s on the inside,” said Kirk Zembal, Co-Founder of Blindman Brewing, which has also been working with Amii to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

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