Collaboration to foster innovation

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Busselton Chamber CEO Jo Richards and Agristart's Tash Ayers at the proposed community business hub in Vasse
Camera IconBusselton Chamber CEO Jo Richards and Agristart's Tash Ayers at the proposed community business hub in Vasse Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee

The Busselton Chamber of Commerce has revealed its plan to mentor young entrepreneurs and developing businesses from offices in Vasse.

The chamber with collaborate with Agristart to foster innovation in the South West region.

The Agristart Connect Innovation Hub provides six-month programs to supplement business development including mentoring and access to resources to help new businesses grow.

The Busselton Chamber of Commerce is offering a co-working space to help provide assistance to those wanting to start a business but unsure how to move forward with essential business development strategies such as market research and business planning.

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Chamber chief executive Jo Richards said the hub was unique because it was not controlled by one entity and it would combine the innovators of the region. “The purpose of the co-working space is to allow those chance conversations to happen with people who are already working in their business, but may be looking for some kind of peer support or industry support, to collaborate with others and problem solve to sustain growth,” she said.

Agristart managing director Natasha Ayers said the co-working space would support innovation across the community.

“We have certain options for start-ups at specific stages with programs to help them grow their business and now we can build a collaborative atmosphere to help with any issues businesses may face,” she said.

“Instead of working at a home office get the help of other successful entrepreneurs.”

Some businesses already utilising the help of the Agristart Connect Innovation Hub include Bindi, Rocky Ridge Brewing Company, Local Advantage, Vasse Valley, Crypto Tax Online and Backyard Bash.

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