The acceleration of start-up companies and the growth of small businesses in South Australia is the focus of UniSA’s new Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC), designed to incubate and strengthen businesses within the State.
The ICC, which opened its doors in November, will provide a unique multidisciplinary environment where Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), entrepreneurs and students can access a wide range of services and expertise to help them develop their products and grow their business.
The Centre, established through a strategic partnership between UniSA, the Government of South Australia and anchor industry partner Hewlett Packard Enterprise, is expected to support the life cycle from idea to growth and expansion for businesses and industry organisations.
At the launch, UniSA Vice Chancellor, Professor David Lloyd said the ICC will benefit from the best of what UniSA and Hewlett Packard Enterprise can deliver regarding services to help business grow and reach new markets.
“The ICC is built on a strategic partnership which will see business benefit from UniSA’s knowledge in business growth and commercialisation, combined with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s technological expertise and the support of the South Australian Government,” Prof Lloyd said.
“It’s a partnership which champions the growth of SA’s business sector through a collaborative, dynamic and supportive environment, and it’s one which will help educate the professionals of tomorrow, as our students will be able to generate their business ideas and utilise the resources of the Centre.”
The services the ICC will provide include business management, strategy and marketing with the UniSA Business School; business growth with UniSA’s Centre for Business Growth; commercialisation through UniSA Ventures; digital video marketing with the Centre for Digital Video Intelligence; design with matchstudio; and technology through Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
The ICC will also run technology and innovation-based business support programs, start-up workshops for individuals and groups, and workshops designed to meet the needs of SMEs.
These tailored events, along with business model evaluation and business development diagnostic clinics, will help those businesses learn how to address challenges and achieve growth.
At the launch, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill acknowledged the collaborative nature of the Centre, and the value of entrepreneurs working together in the same space.
“The Centre will provide a fertile environment in which SMEs, start-ups and student entrepreneurs can pool their energies, bounce off each other and prosper,” Weatherill said.
Manager of the ICC, Jasmine Vreugdenburg said the design of the Centre enables effortless collaboration to occur on a daily basis.
“We have already seen the benefits of the co-working space where some of our supported start-up companies have had the opportunity to collaborate with academic staff in ways that would not have otherwise occurred,” Vreugdenburg said.
The Centre is open to hosting industry-targeted workshops and seminars that align with the core values of the ICC. For more information please contact Jasmine Vreugdenburg on 8302 0927.