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Thrive returns with two days of speakers, panel discussions and workshops on practical strategies to create regional economic and startup success.
Designed for those working in local government, co-working and innovation hubs across outer metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria, Thrive provides a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship and how to harness startup activity in regional communities.
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AgriFutures Australia Chair
Cathy McGowan AO
A sixth-generation farmer, Cathy McGowan’s life has been characterised by strong family and community connections, and a love for rural Australia.
As a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, Cathy committed to the vision of a “prosperous caring rural Australia alive with opportunities for everyone”.
She believes AgriFutures Australia is the premier national organisation for delivering on her commitment, particularly helping build a nation with effective rural policies based on prosperous and caring industries.
Prior to her role at AgriFutures Australia, her career highlights include representing the rural electorate of Indi in Parliament from 2013- 2019.
Cathy’s successful grassroots campaigns sparked nationwide interest in the potential of community-based, independent politicians to chart a new course for Australian democracy, demonstrating that when politics relates to a community, the power of a community is unleashed.
During her two terms as a politician, from 2013-2019, Cathy worked in Federal Parliament to develop policy around regional development, a national integrity commission, a code of conduct for politicians, and drought policy.
Cathy was awarded The Accountability Round Table award for political integrity in 2019 and is also an Officer of the Order of Australia and a Churchill fellow.
Among her many highlights from years of involvement in and leadership of rural and regional organisations, was Cathy’s presidency of Australian Women in Agriculture and her establishment of the Women and Dairy discussion groups across the country.
Cathy lives very contentedly on her hilltop farm in the Indigo Valley in north-eastern Victoria and is now on a different campaign trail, encouraging others to turn up, speak up and step up to leadership.
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CO-FOUNDER PIVOT CITY INNOVATION DISTRICT
Andrew has over 20 years experience across commercial property, product development, placemaking, branding, marketing, user experience, start-ups, media, events & tech industries.
His family has been involved in commercial property for three generations and he is an investor in over a dozen commercial property projects. He has experience across Australia, SE Asia, U.K. and in the U.S. where he worked with major developers like Related Companies and Ashkenazay Acquisitions.
With a powerful mix of experience as an investor, property developer, experience designer and start-up founder; he brings a wholistic approach to creating great places that work in the real world.
Pivot City Innovation District
Pivot City Innovation District, is recognised as a key employment project in the Geelong region by both government and independent authorities.
Curated with onsite restaurants, gardens, gyms, events and complementary businesses, Pivot City Innovation District is about creating places where people love to work, can tap into instant networks and drum up new partnerships.
The most vital component to the success of Pivot City are the people and the tenants who grow their businesses here. Within 6 years of growth, the site is home to more than 50 dynamic businesses and organisations, housing over 1,000 onsite jobs. With a dynamic mix of innovation, industry, tech, government, professional services, creative and community organisations alongside Runway incubator and co-working space.
Over 1,000 onsite jobs Australia’s fastest commercial internet 4,000 sqm of garden spaces 2022 UDIA Award Winner — Best Urban Renewal Project (National) 2021 UDIA Award Winner — Best Urban Renewal Project (Victoria) 2021 UDIA Award Winner — Best Regional Project (Victoria)
Wednesday, 25 October 2023 – Thursday 26 October 2023
9:00am-4:30 pm AEDT
Lardner Park, Warragul
Learn from regional innovation champions and entrepreneurs about what it takes to build a local innovation ecosystem
Hear from LaunchVic about how the Victorian startup ecosystem is going from strength to strength. And how regional Victoria is playing a part in this growth.
Enjoy structured networking across two days to build new relationships with innovation-focused colleagues across regional and local government.
Through our workshops, you’ll gain invaluable tools and resources to develop your own local startup ecosystem.
Gain a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship and the ‘know how’ to harness startup activity in regional communities for innovation and economic development.
Regional Economic Development Officers and their teams
Chamber of Commerce representatives
155 Burnt Store Road
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