North-East Victoria Building Regional Skills

Startup Shakeup, the innovation ecosystem for North-East Victoria, have now launched their free program, the Regional Skills Network for North-East Startups, Shakeups, and Innovators to assist in upskilling and supporting their developing businesses. 

The Regional Skills Network provides tailored support for participants through a range of skilled Advisors that are sharing their skills and experience to foster business growth through a range of formats. 

Tailored support has never been more needed during our current economic climate, and we are already seeing many local Startups, Shakeups and Innovators jump on board the Regional Skills Network.

We know that innovation builds out the regional economy, businesses, and jobs, bringing in outside investment and growth. Startups are wanting to take up opportunities and grow into what they can be. For existing businesses, this is the time to Shakeup, do things differently, renew, and think outside the square.

Participants of the Regional Skills Network, Nick and Jay Cooper from startup ‘Issimo’ state, “The North East has so many talented people, and sometimes the issue is just knowing that they are there.”
“It’s been great to be connected through the Regional Skills Network and to have access to Advisors who are genuinely interested and excited about our business’ growth.”

Shakeup Shakeup are looking for Participants and Advisors to be a part of the Regional Skills Network. You can find out further information or fill out an EOI on the Startup Shakeup website here.

Regional Resilience in the new COVID Economy and Beyond

It’s not just business as usual – with the ever-changing COVID-19 economy, there’s never been a better time to seek extra support and training for local businesses and start-ups.  

Startup Shakeup, in collaboration with Benalla Rural City and Business Victoria, is hosting a workshop, presented by Resilient Futures. The workshop will explore what the emerging new COVID-19 economy will really mean in terms of opportunity and risk and focus on changing ahead of change to leverage the disruption that is yet to come. 

Local businesses are invited to be part of shaping a resilient future for our region and will be joined by other local leaders and innovators who are committed to rethinking what is possible in light of immediate disruption.  

Resilient Futures specialise in enabling people to help activate their business resilience by understanding and leveraging disruptive change and it is an opportunity not to be missed.  

Director of Resilient Futures David Platt says “What we’re seeing is a new economy, the COVID Economy, rise in real time. What every individual, business and community now needs is the mindset, skill-set and strategic focus to pursue opportunity, mitigate risk and accelerate innovation in that new reality.”  

“The ability to understand disruptive change, interpret what it means for you, your business and your community and focus on action that will make a difference is a critical skill in today’s world.” says David. 

During the webinar, attendees will develop an understanding of the realities of the rapidly emerging COVID economy, be able to clarify which conventional business and operating modes are dropping away. They will also gain insight into what is starting to rise and replace ‘business as usual’ and acquire skills on how to find their way forward in terms of actively addressing opportunities and risk that are present to their businesses. 

​The webinar is the first of three other workshops which will allow participants to explore the issues in an in-depth and collaborative manner. 

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