Regional Focus For Global Scale

Our regional innovation programs provide local support to innovative businesses to support regional economic development.

Our Regional Innovation Programs

Current Programs

Applications for CONNECT Sustainable Industries 2024 are open!

KEY DATES

  • Applications open: Monday 6 May 2024
  • Applications close: Friday 31 May 2024
  • Two-day bootcamp: Monday 24 June & Tuesday 25 June 2024
  • Masterclasses: July and August 2024
  • Showcase event: Friday 13 September 2024

Are you are regional startup or small business with a sustainability focus and looking for ways to accelerate your growth?

 

CONNECT Sustainable Industries will connect multi-sector stakeholders, accelerate low-emissions technologies and facilitate technology-driven innovators.

 

CONNECT Sustainable Industries will focus on future energy AND supporting existing industries with a sustainability focus.

 

CONNECT Sustainable Industries 2023:
South West Cohort

Perth Cohort
Innovation Summit

ACTIVITIES

  • networking events with future energy key-note speakers and showcasing new technologies for sustainable industries
  • Regional based mini hackathons focused on solving local energy issues with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Incubator program to take new ideas to commercial reality
  • Investor roundtable to connect startups to funding opportunities and mentoring
  • Site visits to potential pilot-testing or collaboration facilities

For queries please contact [email protected]

CONNECT Sustainable Industries is proudly sponsored by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation through the New Industries Fund – X-tend WA Programalongside our supporting partners, The Hub On SX, and Wrays.

Applications for HARVEST 2024 have closed

HARVEST is WA’s leading agtech business program for businesses looking to innovate in the Agtech industry.  

 

Now in its sixth year, HARVEST has supported over 70 businesses.

The program is valued at over $10,000 and is FREE for successful applicants.

 

HARVEST Agtech Accelerator 2023:

2023 Cohort announcement

HARVEST Field Trip

 

2023 Agtech Showcase and Pitch Night

 

Key Dates for HARVEST 2024:

  • Applications open: Wednesday 14 Feb
  • Applications close: Wednesday 20 March
  • Two-day bootcamp: Monday 22 April & Tuesday 23 April
  • Masterclass 1: Tuesday 7 May
  • Masterclass 2: Tuesday 21 May
  • Masterclass 3 and Site Visit: Tuesday 4 June
  • Masterclass 4: Tuesday 18 June
  • Masterclass 5: Tuesday 23 July
  • Program debrief for cohort: Tuesday 27 August
  • Showcase event: Wednesday 21 August

For queries please contact [email protected]

The SET - theSouth West's newest hotdesking, meeting and training space

The SET is a new production studio, co-working and event space in the South West available for hire.

Featuring kitchen facilities, hotdesking, training room, individual office spaces, event space for up to 50 people, video conferencing, podcasting, green screen with lights and a camera for filming.

Thank you to the South West Development Commission for contributing to equipment purchase.

Read about South West Development Commission’s visit of The SET at swdc.wa.gov.au/site-visit-the-set/

 

Previous Programs

GET SET Business Innovation Sessions

The 2023 sessions were delivered by Innovation Cluster and supported by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation through the New Industries Fund – X-Tend Program.  

 

Regional Ventures Showcase

Over the past 4 years we have presented an exciting opportunity for regional based WA startups, agtech startups, or businesses solving problems in regional WA, to have their business featured at West Tech Fest in Perth, Asia Pacific’s Innovation Festival! 

See what happened at the 2022 event here! 

The 2022 Regional Innovation Showcase was delivered by Innovation Cluster and supported by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation through the New Industries Fund – X-Tend Program.  

 

Australia's South West
Tourism Product Incubator Program

Innovation Cluster was excited to partner with Australia’s South West, the peak regional tourism organisation for the South West of Western
Australia, to deliver a Tourism Product Incubator. 

This program was an innovation and entrepreneurship mentoring program to guide business agility, support new product development, and maximise regional recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Twenty six businesses were supported through tailored mentoring and focused workshops in the south west.

Collie CONNECT: Tech and Innovation Series

The Collie CONNECT Tech and Innovation Series was an exciting new program run in 2021 by Innovation Cluster to support innovative ventures in the Collie region.

The series was open to all Collie businesses and included entrepreneurial masterclasses, technology forums and demo days, run by experienced and engaging guest speakers.

Find out about exciting sessions that were part of the program. 


CONNECT Regional Innovation Hubs

From 2019 to 2021, CONNECT supported over 60 businesses across 5 regions – Collie, Great Southern, South West, Kimberley, and the Wheatbelt. The CONNECT Regional Innovation Hubs brought together regional entrepreneurs with innovative and scaleable ventures to incubate new ideas and business models, foster new collaborations, and access expertise and resources. 

Read about the CONNECT finale and businesses here.

Regional Reboot

Tailored for small and medium regional businesses across regional WA impacted by the management challenges of the Covid-19 market.   

Workshops in regional centres and online were delivered to over 80 regional businesses, followed by small group focus sessions, mentoring for selected businesses, and customised “Reboot” business plans.

Topics included business strategy, financial resilience, funding and emotional resilience. 

 

Regional Reboot was supported by the  Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation through the New Industries Fund.

X-Tend WA Investor Mentoring Program

Attracting investment to regional WA is critical and local entrepreneurs need support to be successful without having to move to Perth.

 

This program is targeted to regional focused start-ups and provides a customised mentoring approach to support high-potential ventures to successfully attract investment.  

 

X-Tend WA Investor Mentoring Program  is supported by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation through the New Industries Fund.

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