Regional Focus For Global Scale
Our regional innovation programs provide local support to innovative businesses to support regional economic development.
Our Regional Innovation Programs
Applications for CONNECT Sustainable Industries 2023 have closed
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
- 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 supported by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation through the New Industries Fund – X-Tend WA Program.
Applications for HARVEST 2023 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.
Agristart’s HARVEST Accelerator is supported by Grains Research and Development Corporation, The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Agrifutures Australia, Wrays, CSBP Fertilisers and Wheatbelt Development Commission
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/
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!
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.
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.
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.