INCUBATOR TO SUPERCHARGE REGIONAL INNOVATION

The NSW Government is partnering with the University of New England (UNE) to launch a new startup hub to boost the number of companies doing business in Regional NSW.

The NSW Government’s $12 million Boosting Business Innovation Program will accelerate innovation in Regional NSW by supporting greater collaboration between research organisations and their business communities.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business and Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said the new business incubator will create a supportive environment for Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) across Regional NSW, to target local and international trade opportunities.

"This fantastic new incubator will be a launching pad for SMEs and startups with the potential to boost innovation and create jobs and growth in Regional NSW," he said.

"It will provide access to research data to create commercial agribusiness and agricultural technology opportunities while offering a collaborative working environment for startups."

The University of New England will provide data and an analytical platform for SMEs and entrepreneurs to access the latest research data generated by the UNE SMART Farm and Centre for Agribusiness to help accelerate and commercialise new business models.

The incubator will be launched today by the General Manager of Startups at BlueChilli, Catherine Eibner, who is also a former student at UNE.

Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, said Catherine Eibner will be sharing her knowledge in a presentation on how startup innovation methodology can benefit regional Australia.

"Catherine is a leader of innovation and growth in Australia’s startup economy and as Startup Advisor at BlueChilli is responsible for driving development of the fastest growing portfolio of new tech startups in Australia."

UNE Vice-Chancellor Annabelle Duncan said she was delighted to promote greater collaboration between research organisations and the business community.

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