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Opportunity to get involved in Albany innovation drive

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Monday, 12. October 2020 - 12:45

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is inviting submissions for the Albany Innovation Project to drive innovation and start-ups in the Great Southern region.

DPIRD project agreements manager Brett Bylsma said the project would encourage business innovation by providing designers, community organisations and businesses in the region with physical and virtual spaces to meet, work, learn, collaborate and thrive.

“Albany has a strong base in creative industries and is recognised as the centre of growing agribusiness in the Great Southern,” Mr Bylsma said.

Expressions of Interest are now sought from organisations with demonstrated success in supporting start-ups and innovation.

Up to $220,000 is available under the Regional New Industries Fund, which supports venture creation, enterprise growth and seed innovation initiatives across regional Western Australia.

“The successful proponent will be required to establish a collaborative workspace where emerging entrepreneurs can have access to space, technology, networks and active support to move their ideas to practical implementation,” Mr Bylsma said.

“Other requirements include providing training and mentorship to business to support the commercialisation of new innovations and growth of businesses in the region, supporting business collaboration and running programs for school children to inspire them to be entrepreneurial.”

Applications close 5pm Monday 26 October 2020. 

More information is available here.

 

Media contacts:

Jodie Thomson/Megan Broad, DPIRD media liaison            (08) 9368 3937