Our vision is for Canberra to recognised globally as a clever, connected and creative city fuelled by excellence in research, innovation and entrepreneurship, delivering diversified economy, social impact and economic growth. We contribute to this vision by empowering entrepreneurs (startup founders, researchers, innovators, intrapreneurs and business owners and operators) from Canberra and the region to make an impact and change the world.
The core principles that underpin our work are those of (1) innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystem [informed by iEcosystems definition by MIT Lab for Innovation Science and Policy] and (2) collective impact [informed by Stanford Social Innovation Review article]. This is manifested by the broad collaboration of our foundation members including the ANU, UC, UNSW Canberra, CIT, CSIRO and Data61 supported by the ACT Government and private sector organisations (our Partners) including King Wood Mallesons, Optus and PwC, sharing the responsibility for connecting and growing the services and support available for ambitious innovators and entrepreneurs in the ACT and its broader region.
In September – October 2018 we worked with Strategic Economic Solutions to assess the impact we have had on entrepreneurs, innovators and the innovation community across our programs that were designed to implement our 3 key strategic directions, including:
- innovation capacity building (I-cap),
- entrepreneurial capacity building (E-cap), and
- growing a central hub (place) for innovation and collaboration.
According to the report (based on desk research, online survey and stakeholder interviews), over the past 4 years, Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) has delivered:
- a more vibrant and connected ecosystem (with increased fluidity, density, connectivity and diversity)
- culture change by becoming a focal point of innovation that galvanises the community and helps the community’s key institutions transform; and
- better collaboration by being a catalytic enabler helping partners develop solutions to problems based on collaborative innovation, by enabling alliances among the foundation members and partners and within the region.
Based on the study we have generated an overview Impacts report that provides a complete picture of CBRIN’s objectives, strategic directions, the programs CBRIN runs and supports, who benefits from these programs, the 2018 outcomes and long term impacts of these programs. We have also included an executive summary of the impact study as presented to the CBRIN Board on October 25, 2018.