Local startups in Lismore had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas today to some of the greatest business minds in Australia, including ex-Telstra CEO David Thodey and the Jobs for NSW Board.

Member for Lismore Thomas George said the startups were among the first seven companies to participate in a new intensive six month program at Southern Cross University’s (SCU) Enterprise lab, designed to support business ideas and help startups to grow.

“This is an incredible opportunity for some of the most promising startup businesses in the region to get to pitch their ideas to someone like David Thodey, the ex CEO of Telstra,” Mr George said.

“We have a fantastic environment for startup businesses and plenty of talent to showcase.

“This group of seven great startups are the first to participate in the SCU’s “Startups in Residence” Program.

“The program is supported by SCU’s participation in the Government’s $18 million Boosting Business Innovation initiative and offers startups free co-working space and resources at the Enterprise Lab to help them grow and scale their ideas,” he said.

The startups include:

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the NSW Government is dedicated to helping the state’s startups get access to expertise to support their ideas.

“Lismore is a vibrant region with promising entrepreneurs and business owners who are keen to break through in their respective fields – that is why a visit from David Thodey and the implementation of the “Startups in Residence” program is such a wonderful opportunity for those local startups,” Mr Barilaro said.

David Thodey said Jobs for NSW is all about helping innovative and high potential companies grow and create jobs.

“The Board’s visit today is a fantastic opportunity to help us better understand the creative and business strengths of this region so we can find more opportunities to invest in high-potential, fast-growing, job-creating companies,” he said.

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Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
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