Hume Bank in collaboration with Charles Sturt University will bring the first ever Innovation Boot Camp of its kind to the border as part of Hume Bank’s Life Tech Challenge.
All Life Tech Challenge Finalists will be invited to attend an Innovation Boot Camp at the end of October. The three-day all-inclusive boot camp is designed to take attendee’s through the essential steps to propel their business ideas forward. It will be held at Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) Thurgoona Campus.
Hume’s Life Tech Challenge aims to benefit the community by promoting innovation and providing solutions to improve any aspect of life - from home, work, social, sustainability, health and wellbeing to travel, lifestyle and education – it’s all up to you.
Successful entrants will see the opportunity to pitch their idea to an expert panel, with the winner walking away with $10,000 and an extensive mentorship program to bring their idea to life.
Building on last year, a new ‘Rising Star’ category of $2,000 has also been introduced to encourage an up and coming innovator to further their idea development.
“We intentionally came into this year with a strong focus on engaging high school and tertiary students; to be able to bring such a high quality incubator program to our region in conjunction with CSU is exciting. Finalists of the Hume Bank Life Tech Challenge will have a very unique opportunity to push their ideas further, guided by expert advice in the field.” Shared Andrew de Graaff, Chief Customer Officer – Hume Bank.
This initiative builds on the university’s long-term strategic commitment to the growth and development in the regions and communities across New South Wales. The CSU Innovation agenda supports the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem across its footprint, encourages interaction between small to medium-sized enterprises and the university, supports business innovation and encourages job growth in the region.
“CSU’s mission is to build skills and knowledge in our regions. That is why we have collaborated with Hume Bank. The Life Tech Challenge will foster regional start-ups and create innovation clusters across the region. It will further collaboration with end-users, industry and communities for the greater public good,” said Associate Professor Laura Dan, Director Knowledge Exchange and Engagement – CSU.
CSU has established three unique and highly focussed incubators: The AgriTech Incubator Wagga Wagga, CenWest Innovate in Bathurst and the Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub Program.
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