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.