Sup­port for big ideas

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Busi­nesses in Be­nalla and across North East Vic­to­ria are set to en­tice and em­power en­trepreneurs with the launch of Startup Shakeup.

Startup Shakeup is an ini­tia­tive that sup­ports lo­cal en­trepreneurs with big ideas that cre­ate jobs and at­tract in­vest­ment.

The pro­gram has been made vi­able thanks to a $400 000 grant from LaunchVic, the in­de­pen­dent gov­ern­ment agency re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ing Vic­to­ria’s start-up ecosys­tem.

Startup Shakeup is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween four lo­cal coun­cils — Be­nalla, In­digo, Mans­field and Wan­garatta — in part­ner­ship with Charles Sturt Univer­sity, NE Tracks LLEN, and Goul­burn Ovens In­sti­tute of TAFE.

The goal of the pro­gram is to help North East Vic­to­rian busi­nesses to re­spond to fast paced changes and dis­rup­tions by de­vel­op­ing and re­tain­ing skills to take ad­van­tage of new tech­nolo­gies and ways of work­ing.

LaunchVic chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kate Cor­nick said star­tups were among the largest con­trib­u­tors to job cre­ation in Aus­tralia, sig­nif­i­cantly grow­ing their con­tri­bu­tion to the Aus­tralian econ­omy in the past five years.

‘‘Ninety-seven per cent of Vic­to­rian start-ups are based in the Mel­bourne CBD. So our fo­cus is to ex­pand the op­por­tu­ni­ties for start-ups to be cre­ated any­where in Vic­to­ria with the right sup­port and ecosys­tem,’’ she said.

Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Emma Jones said Startup Shakeup was go­ing to be the net­work for em­pow­er­ing en­trepreneurs in North East Vic­to­ria through col­lab­o­ra­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and in­spi­ra­tion.

‘‘Peo­ple with the po­ten­tial to cre­ate a start-up could come from any­where in the com­mu­nity,’’ Ms Jones said.

‘‘Our ap­proach is to cre­ate a wel­com­ing lo­cal net­work where they’ll be sup­ported to de­velop their busi­ness skills and ideas.

‘‘Through Startup Shakeup they can ac­cess like-minded peo­ple to pitch ideas, gain sup­port from bright minds and po­ten­tial in­vestors, and re­ally build mo­men­tum to get a side hus­tle off the ground and into the world.

‘‘It’s these gigs that have the po­ten­tial to change a founder’s life, and the lives of count­less oth­ers. That’s what start-ups are all about.’’

Startup Shakeup is host­ing a se­ries of weeks: Smart Seeds Work­shops

Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 24, in Be­nalla — Lake­side Com­mu­nity Cen­tre;

Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 25, Mans­field — De­latite Ho­tel;

Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30, in Beech­worth — Quer­cus Com­mu­nity Cen­tre Hall; and

Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31, in Wan­garatta — CSU/ GOTAFE Re­gional Study Cen­tre. Net­work­ing events

Mans­field, Cof­fee Mer­chants, Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4, 6 pm;

Ruther­glen, James & Co, Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8, 6 pm; and

Be­nalla, North Eastern Ho­tel, Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 9, 6 pm.

To reg­is­ter visit­tup­

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.face­­tupvic

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En­tic­ing: Startup shakeup mem­bers Ro­han La­timer, Ilena Young, Anne Shaw, Emma Jones, Brett Ambrosio and Kent Wighton.

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