Meshpoints Mission is to provide practical support to local innovation facilitators who deliver social benefits to regional communities.
We envision more innovations emerging from regions, thanks to high-quality support and collaborative initiatives that reach across regions.
Our services are focused on operational implementation in specific locations, growing a network of professional facilitators. Occasionally we advise and influence local, regional and state government policy.
We value: social benefit, collaboration, enabling others, and approaches that are sincere and sustainable. We tend not to spark local passion, rather fan the flames of the fire when invited.
Meshpoints hosts fortnightly peer learning sessions for innovation facilitators from across regional Western Australia. Recently we discussed the benefits and challenges of facilitating learning programs for entrepreneurs in the regions. In a way, asking “Why would you, and is it worth, running them?”
“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about” said Margaret J Wheatley, and if this is the case, then regional WA is in great hands after 21 of it’s brightest and most passionate innovation champions came together to capacity build and learn from each other over 2 days. The community builders bootcamp was facilitated by Skills of the Modern Age and focused on up-skilling regional innovation champions from the Mid West, Yanchep, South West, Wheatbelt and Great Southern.
In an ongoing mission to provide practical support to local innovation facilitators who deliver social benefits to regional communities, Meshpoints are excited to announce a collaborative project across 4 regions in Western Australia. This will support innovation practitioners in the Mid West, Wheatbelt, South West and Great Southern, who will then provide on-ground specialised support to startups and entrepreneurs in their regions.
The WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has funded Meshpoints’ “Building Capacity in Regional Innovation (BCRI)” project through its Regional New Industries Fund (RNIF). The BCRI initiative expands on Meshpoints existing work in supporting and empowering regional innovators and entrepreneurs by providing mentoring and support to innovation hub operators and champions across the nine regions of Western Australia.
A passionate group of Western Australia’s Innovation Ecosystem stakeholders came together for two days (19th + 20th September, 2018) of intensive workshops, learning and fun in an effort to advance the capabilities of facilitators statewide. The program, conceived by Meshpoints and facilitated by Nate Sturcke (SOMA) was supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and through funding from the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Program Incubator Support Initiative.
The second annual Meshpoints Facilitator Training Tour was a great success, building on the knowledge gained through previous learning modules for our fast growing network of facilitators from across regional Western Australia, taking in innovation hubs in both the Metro and Midwest. The tour enhances work carried out by Meshpoints over the past 12 months to support strong innovation ecosystems across regional Western Australia. By recognising the unique challenges and opportunities in our regions, Meshpoints are able to engage relevant practitioners and spaces that have “been there, done that” to ensure lessons learnt aren’t lost along the way, improving sustainability and efficiency of financial spend for partners and funders alike.
All regional innovation practitioners are invited to join a two day training tour on 8th and 9th March, in Perth and Geraldton.
The purpose is to build capability in those leading innovation in the regions through their work as facilitators, entrepreneurs, incubator hosts, support service providers, and in government. The tour will include specific training modules, workshops, networking and time with the people behind incubators, accelerators and investment programs. This face-to-face activity complements the online training modules and practitioner network.
Below and attached in a presentation are our current recommendations for growing WA’s regional innovation capability and ecosystem.
This is a critical area of need.
The State Innovation Strategy and and innovation ecosystem maturity model emphasises how capability and connectivity amplify investments in infrastructure or initiatives in specific regions or industries.
We recently completed a very successful pilot of online training for regional innovation facilitators. Below is a summary of the structure, outcomes and how you can get involved in future programs.
Part of Meshpoints scope of work with Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Shire of Newman on two projects has been to assist with branding, marketing and community engagement. Through these projects and connecting practitioners statewide, it's validated our past experience that communications and stakeholder engagement in the regions is nuanced and complex.