Regional New Industries Fund
The State Government is committed to building regional economies that are entrepreneurial, creative and technology-driven to create sustainable job opportunities for regional people.
The State Government's Regional New Industries Fund will provide grants across the nine regions of Western Australia to support venture creation, accelerate small-medium enterprise growth and seed innovation initiatives.
Albany Innovation Project - now open
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is inviting Expressions of Interest from organisations with demonstrated success in supporting start-ups to drive innovation in Albany and the Great Southern.
The project is part of the State Government’s Regional New Industries Fund, which supports venture creation, enterprise growth and seed innovation initiatives across regional Western Australia.
Up to $220,000 is available to support start-ups and innovation in Albany. The successful proponent will be required to establish a collaborative workspace where emerging entrepreneurs can have access to space, technology, networks and active support to move their ideas to practical implementation.
Other requirements include:
- providing training and mentorship to business to support the commercialisation of new innovations and growth of businesses in the region
- supporting business collaboration
- running programs for school children to inspire them to be entrepreneurial.
Applications are currently open and close 5.00pm (AWST) 26 October 2020.
So far 14 successful recipients have received a total of $1,867,276 through Regional New Industries Funding, these are:
- Pollinators have been awarded $120,000 to lead the Basecamp Science and Eco-tourism incubator project in the Mid-west
- Creative Albany have been awarded $340,000 to lead the Design and Innovation Great Southern Hub (Digs Hub) project in the Great Southern.
- Meshpoints have been awarded $250,000 to lead the Building Capacity in Regional Innovation project across regional WA.
- Impact Seed have been awarded $92,000 to develop a pilot to incubate emerging and Aboriginal social enterprises in the West Kimberley and the Gascoyne.
- Manukalife have received $80,000 to test a closed loop Manuka ecosystems through plant trials in a high-tech farming environment.
- Wheatbelt Business Network have received $77,000 to support Wheatbelt businesses in growth phase through skills based entrepreneurial training.
- The WEB Business Hub and Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce have been awarded $100,000 to develop a 'shark tank' program to foster innovation and assist new emerging business enterprises in partnership with Pilbara innovation hubs and chambers of commerce in Karratha, Hedland, Newman and Onslow.
- Southern Dirt have received $100,000 to help develop a new Flax industry in the Great Southern.
- Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence have received $77,831 deliver a destination wide innovation incubator and accelerator that will enhance skills, talent and entrepreneurship capability and capacity across the tourism sector in the Lower Great Southern Region.
- Pollinators have been awarded $21,000 to teach young women computer coding to create new career pathways and job readiness.
- Enterprise Partnerships WA Limited have received $ 59,445 to implement a ‘train-the-trainer’ program focus on supporting micro enterprise development in the East Kimberley.
- Stirling to Coast Framers Inc.have been awarded $225,000 to develop a world-class vertically integrated digital supply chain logistics model to access high value chilled meat export opportunities for WA branded meat products, offering added value and an alternative business model to the live export trade.
- Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of WA have been awarded $175,000 to develop and pilot technology to track the supply and use of authentic Aboriginal artwork in the souvenir and merchandise market.
- Maxima Pearling Company have been awarded $150,0000 to bring together the industry, academia and aboriginal corporations to develop new husbandry and gear technologies to determine the optimum protocols for farming Tropical Rock Oyster species.