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Join a Vibrant Community of Innovators to Grow Your Business Locally and Globally

 

The 2019 CONNECT Innovation Hubs program will bring together regional entrepreneurs with innovative and scaleable ventures, to incubate new ideas and business models, foster new collaborations, and access expertise and resources. These start-ups can be private companies or not-for-profit entities and from any industry. 

South West cohort of CONNECT Regional Innovation Hub, 2019

South West cohort of CONNECT Regional Innovation Hub, 2019

New co-working spaces have been established at three regional centres in southern WA: Northam (Central Wheatbelt), Busselton (South West) and Albany (Great Southern). With a maximum of 10 businesses per hub, the programs and events will be tailored to each of the regions with a focus on export market access and building capacity of start-ups to attract investment. 

The  program is worth more than $10,000 and is FREE for selected participants. The structure of the program will vary for each hub, but will involve:

  • Kick-off with a bootcamp – held over two days and will focus on ideation, validation, value proposition and lean business modelling.

  • Monthly masterclasses on topics such IP protection and strategy; branding and digital marketing; capital raising and investor readiness; export market opportunities and pathways; and pitch training.

  • Fortnightly mentor meetings

  • Online forums connecting all 3 hubs

  • Optional online training modules

  • 6 months hotdesk in the co-working space

  • Opportunity to participate in regional pitch events with prizes

  • Apply online HERE . Application closing dates for each Hub are as follows:

    - Northam (Wheatbelt) Hub applications close on 27th May 2019
    - Busselton (South West) Hub applications close on 30th May 2019
    - Albany (Great Southern) Hub applications close on 6th June 2019

All potential applicants are encouraged to contact Tash Ayers via email info@agristart.com.au or 9755 4997 prior to the submission of their application.

The CONNECT Innovation Hubs is supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science through Incubator Support Initiative funding as part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

WHEATBELT HUB

Location: NORTHAM
Bootcamp Dates: 17 & 18 June

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SOUTH WEST HUB

Location: BUSSELTON
Bootcamp Dates: 1 & 2 July

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GREAT SOUTHERN HUB

Location: ALBANY
Bootcamp Dates: 3 & 4 July

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We have been the lucky recipients of some fantastic advice, insights, site visits and exposure that the program has to offer. We have learned a lot and will take that forward, hopefully to success.
— Mike Dean, CEO of Mote Net
 
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CONNECT: REGIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOPS 2019

Join us at CONNECT, a free interactive workshop focused on exploring commercialisation opportunities, connecting to the local innovation community and developing your strategic business skills. The workshops are aimed at innovators working in or supporting primary industries, and are sponsored by the Department of Primary Industries and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

The workshop activities can be applied to anyone who is looking to start a new venture, innovate within an existing business or working on a new project. Gain increased confidence and new skills to develop your ideas to commericalisation, develop new networks within your area and cultivate opportunities for funding.

Program Overview:

  • Strategic planning to explore new opportunities

  • Lean business modelling with a focus on the value proposition

  • Funding and opportunities; including grants, investment readiness and export market access

 
 

KATANNING

MON 25 MARCH 2019, 8.30AM - 1.00PM

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GINGIN

TUE 2 APRIL 2019, 8.30AM - 1.00PM

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KUNUNURRA

MON 21 OCTOBER 2019, 8.30AM - 1.00PM

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Words will not do justice to describe how much attending CONNECT has meant to us and our business. The information that was provided not only answered our questions, but also provided the next steps for us to become price makers, not price takers.
— ANNECKE THERON, GLORIA DIEU STUDS AND ORCHARDS
 
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