Over the past 4 months the South West CONNECT Regional Innovation Hub cohort has attended fortnightly masterclasses, had sessions with their business mentors, and co-worked week to week, with the final part of the program culminating in the pitch night where startups present their businesses to a crowd of investors, fellow regional businesses, corporates, industry, and government.
Thank you so much to our un-sharky shark tank judges Simona Hughes from Financial Utilities, Kali Norman from Meshpoints and Rob Davis from South West Angels and Enginuity Consulting with their thoughtful questions and helpful feedback.
Through CONNECT Hub and other programs, Innovation Cluster has helped grow over 200 early-stage businesses in the last 3 years, the majority in the regions, and we are so pleased to have continued to build regional innovation and bring like-minded businesses together in 2021, some who have felt quite isolated in their entrepreneurial journey before joining our program.
“I just wanted to say how impactful this program has been for us. We have had some difficult times over these past few months and honestly if it wasn’t for this program we would have given up. The amazing support and nurturing we got from this program is extraordinary and to be able to relate to the cohort and have an alumni that we know we will be connected to for a very long time is incredible. It is so worth every second of your time.”Jodie Richards, Get Pickled and Get Shucked
We look forward to continuing to support this amazing cohort and watch their impact in regional communities over the next few years.
Thank you to our program partners RLG, NBN Local, Community Bank Busselton and Dunsborough, Origins Markets, South West Angels all of whom have enabled regional startups to access the Connect Innovation Hub program without fees or equity from thier businesses.
CONNECT Regional Innovation Hub is delivered by Innovation Cluster and supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development through the Groundswell program.