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Rethinking innovation in the heart of the Ord

October 23, 2019

Connect Workshop

Photo: Dr. Natasha Ayers delivered the Connect Regional Innovation Workshop at the Frank Wise Institute of Tropical Agriculture.

East Kimberley businesses and start-ups working in primary industries, tourism and business support had the opportunity to take part in Connect interactive, a free workshop which enabled regional participants to explore commercialisation opportunities while tapping into networking opportunities and developing strategic business skills.

Led by Dr. Natasha Ayers from Agristart, the event also featured guest speakers Andrew Beer (Kimberley Development Commission; Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development), Susan Hall (Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development) and Barry Clarke (AusIndustry).

Attendees were guided through several business planning activities including strategic planning, business modelling using lean canvas techniques, how to create a value proposition, and validate their ideas to ensure they are attractive to customers.  Participants also learnt about some of the funding opportunities that may be available to their ventures.

At the end of the session, attendees pitched their idea and received further advice on taking their concepts to the next level.  Feedback from all involved was positive, with outcomes ranging from increased confidence, learning different approaches to progress ideas to commercialisation, and the development of innovation networks within the East Kimberley.

For further information on this event, please contact Andrew Beer at the Kimberley Development Commission on andrew.beer@kdc.wa.gov.au or 9148 2100.

Connect Regional Innovation is an initiative supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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