New year, new op­por­tu­ni­ties

Mansfield Courier - - 14 -

THE or­gan­i­sa­tion Startup Shakeup will con­tinue its work this year in as­sist­ing peo­ple in North East Vic­to­ria to ei­ther launch a new busi­ness ven­ture or im­prove on their ex­ist­ing ones.

Founded in 2018, this lo­cal North East Vic­to­rian net­work is the place for cur­rent and fu­ture busi­ness founders to pitch ideas, gain sup­port from bright minds and po­ten­tial in­vestors, and ac­cess re­sources.

The need for such an or­gan­i­sa­tion is clear when the im­bal­ance be­tween city and coun­try is high­lighted - 93 per cent of Vic­to­rian start-ups are based in the Mel­bourne CBD.

The ini­tia­tive is pos­si­ble be­cause of $400,000 fund­ing from ‘LaunchVic’, and the mis­sion is to grow a net­work of en­trepreneur­s, busi­nesses, and in­vestors striv­ing to turn big ideas into jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth in North East Vic­to­ria.

Jump Start Me, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Startup Shakeup, is run­ning an Ideas and Startup Val­i­da­tion event se­ries start­ing in Fe­bru­ary 2019.

The pro­gram is run in the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Be­nalla, Indigo, Wan­garatta and Mans­field and this year will in­clude net­work­ing events and work­shops that will con­nect like-minded movers-and­shak­ers, iden­tify lo­cal com­mu­nity prob­lems that could ben­e­fit from in­no­va­tion, and sup­port the found­ing of in­no­va­tive new busi­ness ven­tures to shape and grow our re­gion.

The lo­cal work­shop, Smart Seeds Open, will be held on Fe­bru­ary 2 at The Sebel, Pin­na­cle Val­ley Re­sort, start­ing at 10am.

At this work­shop par­tic­i­pants will be in­tro­duced to a set of mind­sets, pro­cesses and tools that can be used to cre­ate so­lu­tions to com­plex lo­cal chal­lenges.

The end re­sult will be that peo­ple will come away with the ca­pa­bil­i­ties, con¿GHQFH DQG FRQQHFWLRQ­V they need to trans­form their ideas into high-value so­lu­tions.

“This is a huge op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­ni­ties of Mans­field Shire to col­lab­o­rate and be­gin turn­ing ideas into re­al­ity,” said Danielle Roberts, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tant at Mans­field Shire Coun­cil.

“I en­cour­age all our pas­sion­ate lo­cals to come along, bring a friend and help cre­ate so­lu­tions for last­ing eco­nomic and soFLDO EHQH¿W

“Startup Shakeup and Smart Seeds have the net­works to make it hap­pen.”

This is a free event, with lunch pro­vided. Book­ings are es­sen­tial. For more in­for­ma­tion and book­ings, con­tact Startup Shakeup – In­no­vate North East Vic on 0408 246 007.

For event reg­is­tra­tion go to www.star­tup­shakeup.co.

PHOTO: Paul Dil­lon

BUILD­ING THE FU­TURE: Some of the Startup Shakeup team at the re­cent Con­fer­ence in Gee­long in­clud­ing (from left) Danielle Roberts (Mans­field Shire Coun­cil), Anne Shaw (NE Tracks LLEN), Emma Jones (Startup Shakeup), Catherine Macmillan (Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil), Kate Kor­nick (CEO, LaunchVic), Rachael Richards (Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta), Ilena Young (Charles Sturt Univer­sity) and Ro­han La­timer (Jewellers Cowork­ing).

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