Multi-Region EIR 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:

Katie Van Den Brand