The NSW Government will boost innovation and jobs growth in the New England North West region with a new $1 million, two-year partnership with the University of New England (UNE).


Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the Boost program is designed to develop a small-to-medium-enterprise (SME) engagement program that will support agricultural entrepreneurship and business innovation in the North West region.


“Tamworth and the New England region is home to some fantastic small businesses and this funding will ensure they are able to tap into some great research and innovation opportunities.


“This funding has been provided to the UNE to develop the SMART Region Incubator, a space where businesses and researchers can collaborate on new ideas and connect to national and international networks by using technology and resources made available.


“We want to make it easier for businesses and researchers to share ideas and grow their business, and the University of New England is now equipped to help to support this.”


Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said the project will provide a new platform for entrepreneurs and SMEs to access the latest research data and information being generated by the UNE SMART Farm and the Centre for Agribusiness.


“The programs being run by the UNE are a fantastic example of the kind of innovation we’re driving in NSW to encourage and strengthen the businesses that will create the jobs of the future,” Mr Barilaro said.


“Funding through the Boost Program will help to accelerate local industry development and support better research and business networks throughout the region.”


University of New England Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Sue Thomas said the University was delighted to be working closely with industry to promote greater collaboration between NSW research organisations and the business community.


“The project has enormous potential to leverage technology and research results to achieve commercial outcomes, and I look forward to seeing positive and sustained results,” Ms Thomas said.


For more information on support available to industry visit: www.industry.nsw.gov.au/

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