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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people and recognise any other people or families with connection to the lands of the ACT and region.

Canberra Innovation Network

The Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) is empowering entrepreneurs to make an impact and change the world.


CBRIN connects businesses, universities and research institutions. They do this to drive innovation, growth and jobs in the industries of the future.

Canberra is the place for innovation

CBRIN is a key ACT Government innovation initiative, established in 2014. It’s supported by six of Canberra’s leading higher education and research institutions.

Each year, CBRIN has more than 10,000 visitors and hosts more than 250 events for business innovators. CBRIN delivers and facilitates a range of programs and services aimed at supporting start-ups and SMEs with high growth potential.

CBRIN programs and services

CBRIN delivers programs and services to support SMEs across Canberra, and particularly those with high-growth potential.

CBRIN’s programs include:

CBRIN Events

CBRIN hosts several events to bring people together.

Whether it’s a small business breakfast, Female Founders or First Wednesday Connect, there is an event to inspire you.

Find an upcoming event here.

First Wednesday Connect

On the first Wednesday of every month between 5.00pm to 6.30pm, CBRIN runs the First Wednesday Connect networking event, bringing about 200 innovators, entrepreneurs, start-ups, mentors, investors, researchers, students and creatives together in a highly interactive format.

It’s a great way to meet new people and make business connections over drinks and nibbles. You’ll also hear from Canberra’s budding entrepreneurs during the high intensity 60-second pitching format.

Female Founders

CBRIN runs Female Founders, a monthly event that engages female founders, business leaders and innovators here in the ACT. These informal sessions are designed to share, connect and engage with new people in the ecosystem.

Related Pages

Business networking

Find out how to connect with government, universities, investors, partners and other businesses in Canberra.

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Partnership opportunities

Tap into opportunities to collaborate and form partnerships here in Canberra.

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Innovate ideas & applications

Innovation is in Canberra’s DNA, which is why companies around the world are choosing Canberra as the place to trial new ideas.

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Interested in doing business in Canberra?

Contact the business team for information and advice.