2019 REGIONAL CONNECT INITIATIVES
$485,000 Federal grant awarded for AgriStart to help 50 regional start-ups take on the world
AgriStart’s CONNECT: Regional Innovation Hubs will enhance regional innovation in three high-growth areas of Western Australia through training and the fostering of connections to start-up capital investment markets.
The Regional Innovation Hubs will focus on three regional areas in southern WA where opportunities exist to support the activation of a new space to incubate start-ups, deliver programs and provide mentoring. New co-working spaces have been established at the three regional centres of Northam (Central Wheatbelt), Busselton (South West) and Albany (Great Southern) that we will partner with for this project.
The CONNECT incubation initiative will tailor programs and events relevant to the industries of each region, with a focus on export market access and building capacity of start-ups to attract investment. This will help build capacity of local start-ups, but also provide opportunities for local innovation facilitators to develop new skills and networks to continue supporting their region after the project concludes. Read more here.
CONNECT REGIONAL WORKSHOP SERIES
The CONNECT Regional Workshop Series involves training, mentoring and networking events designed to support the agrifood industry in regional Western Australia. AgriStart delivered high impact training sessions in the following regional centres throughout Western Australia in 2018 to over 100 attendees.
Connect and Collaborate to Grow Your Business (Margaret River, Esperance, Manjimup and Geraldton)
This workshop focused on exploring commercialisation opportunities, connecting to the local innovation community and developing participants strategic business skills, such as lean business modelling, investment readiness and funding opportunities.
Communicating Your Business Value (Manjimup)
This workshop focused on effective communication strategies to reach new markets, build better relationships with customers and establishing a new partnership or joint venture. This interactive workshop focused on engaging with target audiences and strategies to ‘pitch’ ideas successfully. The workshop also considered different types of partnerships that may be relevant depending on business plans and strategies to negotiate the best arrangement.
Your "Why" Is What Matters: Branding and Marketing Strategies (Manjimup)
The AgriStart CONNECT workshop "Your Why Is What Matters,” facilitated by the vibrant and engaging Ally Bishop, of Ally Bishop + Co, provided close to 20 regional Western Australian businesses insight into how tapping into their “why,” amongst other tactics, can help form the cornerstone of a successful marketing campaign and assist in maintaining an authentic online presence. This session was recorded, listen to it here
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