GPRIN helps members host Innovation Learning Events such as:

3 Day StartUp (3DS)

An extreme hands-on learning experience for innovative entrepreneurs. It’s free and it’s intense! There are numerous avenues a person can take to explore how to start a new business venture. The 3DS model is one that is recognized globally. Participants progress through a series of modules in a learning-by-doing environment that includes: creating ideas, team building, customer discovery, rapid prototyping, and pitch workshops. Meals, drinks and snacks are provided. GPRIN knows the importance and value of entrepreneurial development and wants the 3DS to be one of its key components to entrepreneurial development in the region along with Junior Achievement, Destination Imagination, school program offerings and GPRC’s entrepreneurship opportunities in research and innovation.

Researching Product Markets (RPM) Workshop

A focus on where the marketing process begins for new product development. It emphasizes product entry into the marketplace and sets the stage for selling the product to customers.

Critical Marketing Techniques (CMT) Workshop

Developing marketing plans: an introduction to the key elements of a successful marketing plan and hands on exercises in applying the concepts to your business.

Intellectual Property 101 Workshop

Discuss with a patent lawyer how to protect your ideas. Topics include patents, copyright and industrial design. Our facilitator is a Patent Lawyer coming in from Edmonton, learn more about him and his firm below:


Nathan Woodruff began working with Thompson & Associates’ predecessor firm Thompson Lambert LLP in November, 2002 during his final year of engineering. He received both a BSc (Engineering Physics) with distinction and an LLB from the University of Alberta. Nathan is a lawyer and a registered patent agent. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.


Thompson Woodruff is a boutique law firm based in Edmonton, Alberta providing drafting and prosecution services in the areas of patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright, and trade secrets.


Though the workshop is free but participants need to register by simply sending an email to Ejibola at with the subject line “GPRIN – IP 101 WORKSHOP”. Details of the workshop is:

VENUE: ATB Entrepreneur Centre (Community Room), 9907 106A Street, Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 8E9

DATE: March 12th 2019

TIME: 12Noon to 2PM

The workshop is totally free and lunch is also provided.


Investment Capital Workshop

A learning and networking event. Each stage of development of an idea requires access to adequate funding or capital to address the risk of moving an idea forward. This is an opportunity to gain a working knowledge from financial representatives about securing new product and business investment from angel investors and entrepreneurs.