A series of regional workshops has commenced to assist aspiring agricultural entrepreneurs to turn new business ideas into reality.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is hosting the free AgriStart Regional Connect workshops, to be held in Esperance, Margaret River and Geraldton in coming weeks.
Department development officer Tilwin Westrup said the workshops had been designed to provide participants with the skills to evaluate and develop a successful business idea.
“Participants will be able to explore their ideas from conception through to commercialisation, while there will also be an opportunity to network with other innovators in the community,” Mr Westrup said.
“The program includes an insight into business modelling for new agrifood ventures, examining strategies for building partnerships and joint ventures, pursuing market access and discovering how to becoming investment ready and pursue funding opportunities.”
The workshops are being delivered by consultants AgriStart, in association with the department.
The inaugural workshop was held recently in Manjimup, supported by the Shire of Manjimup, the Southern Forests Food Council, the South West Development Commission and the department.
“The Manjimup workshop attracted great interest and provided participants with a range of simple tools to help assess, refine and articulate their business ideas,” Mr Westrup said.
“Several local entrepreneurs shared their experiences, providing a great opportunity to build a local business support network.”
The Connect Regional Innovation workshops will be held in Esperance on Tuesday, 20 March, Margaret River on Monday, 9 April and in Geraldton on Friday, 22 June.
Jodie Thomson/Megan Broad, media liaison
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