Meshpoints to Deliver Multi-Region Expert in Residence Program in 2019

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 multi-region EIR will kick off in May with innovation leaders from each region being invited to workshops facilitated by our expert, founder of Skills of the Modern Age (SoMA) Nate Sturcke. The workshops will give each region a chance to immerse themselves in the thriving ecosystem of our capital city through experiences at Spacecubed, while forming relationships with their counterparts in the regions. This will be followed by our EIR visiting each region to develop and co-facilitate workshops specific to each of their needs. They will also be supported with ongoing mentoring from Nate, the SoMA team, and Meshpoints who will play an active role in assisting to identify current and prospective regional innovation leaders, as well as provide mentoring and support throughout the program.

The program will include a series of workshops, group one-on-one coaching sessions and activities led by experienced innovation facilitator Nate Sturcke, supported by the SoMA team, Spacecubed, and Meshpoints. Nate Sturcke is a passionate educator and advocate of the local WA startup and innovation community. He is currently the Managing Director of Skills of the Modern Age (SoMA), a skills academy helping organisations get ready for the future of work. In addition to SoMA, over the last 5 years Nate has worked with over 1,000 entrepreneurs through  a variety of programs, including the Silicon-Valley based Founder Institute accelerator; Google-backed Startup Weekend; RAC SeedSpark seed fund and Plus Eight accelerator program. In 2017, he was awarded the WA Startup Community award for helping to promote early-stage entrepreneurship throughout the state.

“We’re really excited to work with the regions to provide new skills development programs for local businesses.” said Program Facilitator Nate Sturcke. “We think a community- and collaboration-based approach is critical to ensure all regions have access to quality education in emerging skills and technologies. With over 2,500 learners participating in SoMA programs since July 2017, we can’t wait to see the positive impact making these programs available in the regions will have.” said Program Facilitator Nate Sturcke.

Innovation leaders will be able to offer new innovation programs direct to their communities, help existing incubators remain viable by using these skills as an additional source of revenue, and up-skill further community practitioners, resulting in a wide range of support for entrepreneurs and ventures to scale and grow local to their region. If you are you a passionate leader in your community and want to find out more email Meshpoints: contact@meshpoints.com



Meshpoints to Build Capacity in Regional Innovation

Meshpoints to Build Capacity in Regional Innovation

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.

WA Innovation Facilitator Forum

WA Innovation Facilitator Forum

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.

Round Up of the Regional Innovation Facilitator Tour

Round Up of the Regional Innovation Facilitator Tour

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.

Regional Innovation Facilitator Tour

Regional Innovation Facilitator Tour

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.