The Hunter & Central Coast Innovation Ecosystem

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The Hunter Innovation Ecosystem

Moving innovations from discovery and ideation through to commercialisation involves numerous actors, often including academic researchers, small businesses, the investor community, the corporate sector and industry. At one end of the spectrum, there is government investment in fundamental research and at the other, in the commercial marketplace, there is a much higher level of industry investment in direct product development.

In a world of increasing specialisation, businesses often need to build an ecosystem-wide value proposition that relies on collaboration with other actors in the innovation ecosystem to achieve synergies that can only be realised when the individual contributions of different actors are combined.

The Hunter innovation ecosystem is made up of many stakeholders, programs and actors across both private and public sectors that work together to support the growth of new companies, as well as help existing companies to innovate and grow. The ecosystem includes startups, SMEs, large companies, service providers, government support programs, funding, investment, universities and research organisations.

Hunter iF supports the Hunter innovation ecosystem in a range of ways including connecting businesses to education and research programs, developing skills for entrepreneurs and startups and by connecting industry and business to financial assistance made available through government programs and private funding opportunities.

An Innovation Ecosystem Project “Connecting Innovation to Opportunity”

The Hunter’s capacity to innovate is well documented and celebrated. Collaboration underpins its innovation system and continues to grow. Hunter iF connects members of the Ecosystem in a way that benefits all. By bringing together the resources available, we can more efficiently assist businesses at all stages of their innovation journey.

Many committed people and organisations have been working tirelessly to grow programs, capability and funding for innovation and entrepreneurship over the years, and recent collaborative activity by major players (such as NCC’s Smart City Program) is aligning to accelerate this, propelling the region into the next level of maturity. Now is the time to seize the opportunity to leverage and connect for critical mass, and to draw the innovation community together to drive a common vision and action.

By developing the innovation ecosystem, Hunter iF aims to:

  • Help to diversify and strengthen industry in the region;
  • Grow new businesses;
  • Strengthen current businesses;
  • Grow a new industry providing jobs for our people;
  • Attract new business and investment.

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