The idea that the Bega Valley could be a hothouse for diverse, dynamic, and digital smart businesses has been a challenge for some to comprehend.

When funding was first announced for the Bega Valley Innovation Hub the concept was largely unknown and untested in a rural setting like Bega. The fact that the Commonwealth Government, University of Wollongong (UoW) Bega Cheese, Bega Valley Shire Council, and the Bega Chamber of Commerce invested in the idea gave it weight and momentum.

With the ‘graduation’ of the Hub’s first cohort of students comes a better sense of what this is about and a degree of pride and ‘can do’ in the Bega Valley community.

After three months of expert guidance and mentorship as part of UoW’s iAccelerate Innovation Network, seven existing and new businesses have soaked up – marketing, leadership, finance, tax, accounting, customer relationships, networking, and business structure advice.

The end result of this business accelerator program was a ‘Pitch Final’ held in front of an audience of around 200 people at the Bega Civic Centre.

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Original article written by Ian Campbell and published by About Regional .

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