The SPARK initiative has been established to support and mentor selected businesses, in a collaborative, vibrant environment, to scale up their concepts and products to commercialisation.
PARK’s first EOI had over 80 applications, with more than 20 businesses being shortlisted for interview, and 14 offered a place in the 12-month SPARK residency program that started in April 2022.
These SPARK member businesses vary from software developers and application developers to hardware developers, and specialists in design, robotics, virtual and augmented reality. The sectors their products and services support range from education, construction, freight and logistics, retail, agriculture, sport and recreation, accommodation, professional services, medical, emergency services and aged care.
Wyndham City’s Future Focused Economy portfolio holder, Cr Mia Shaw, said:
“It’s fantastic to see the Innovation Hub full of excitement and buzzing with business ideas. It’s a positive environment where entrepreneurship and collaboration happen.”
“We’re committed to fostering a robust local economy and creating local and regional employment opportunities.”
“Wyndham City’s Economic Development Strategy aims to create employment opportunities for the resident workforce through investment attraction and business development programs.”
“That’s why the Innovation Hub is such an important initiative.”
Businesses who become SPARK members (following a successful EOI process) will have access to business training, mentoring opportunities, relevant state and federal government services, key industry organisations and a dedicated Council officer who will be available to provide support and advice.
“I would encourage businesses who fit the relevant profile to submit an EOI to take advantage of this exciting opportunity,” Cr Shaw said.
Successful applicants are offered a 12-month member’s residency period, with an option of a further 12-month period at the discretion of the Council.
The EOI period is now open and closes on 3 August 2022.