Regional Focus For Global Scale

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

Our Regional Innovation Programs

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



  • 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

Not a startup or SME but would like to be involved in the wider CONNECT Sustainable Industries program? Please fill out the EOI below

HARVEST 5 Agtech Accelerator Program

Now in its fifth year, HARVEST has supported over 60 startups and SMEs and is WA’s leading business development program for businesses looking to innovate in the Agtech industry.


Over $10,000 worth of business bootcamps, workshops, webinars, field trips, mentorship and showcase and pitch events for FREE.

 Applications are now closed for the 2022 program.




For information on future HARVEST programs please contact

Regional Innovation Showcase

An exciting opportunity for regional based WA 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 2021 Regional Innovation Showcase was delivered by Innovation Cluster in partnership with  South West Angels, and supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation through the New Industries Fund.


Find out the exciting news about the investments made at the event!

For queries please contact

CONNECT Regional Innovation Hubs

Now in its third year, CONNECT has supported over 50 businesses across 5 regions.


In 2021 we brought CONNECT to the South West region as part of a Groundswell grant through Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.


The CONNECT Regional Innovation Hubs bring together regional entrepreneurs with innovative and scaleable ventures, to incubate new ideas and business models, foster new collaborations, and access expertise and resources.


Applicants can be private companies or not-for-profit entities and from any industry. The program is worth more than $10 000 and is FREE for selected participants. 


Read about the CONNECT finale and businesses here.

And register your interest for future programs here by emailing

evokeAG Startup Network

The evokeAG. Startup Network aims to build the networks and capability of Australian agrifood startups to support adoption of new technologies on farm.


The program is a collaboration between evokeAG. and AgriStart, the agri-innovation arm of Innovation Cluster, and builds on the knowledge base provided during the evokeAG. Grassroots Series. Featuring interactive online webinars and networking events, and focusing on agrifood tech adoption and connecting key players across the agrifood supply chain.


Up to 10 successful participants will receive mentorship from industry experts, attend face-to-face workshops, a showcase pitch event and networking dinner in the heart of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga, NSW, the home of AgriFutures Australia. 

Read about the 2021 program here.

This program will continue in 2022, and the application timeline will be available later in the year.

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 their program. 

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 is 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.


Please register your interest for this program here. 

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