CenWest Innovate

Developing capabilities and collaborating for business innovation

CenWest Innovate aims to support the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central West NSW, to encourage interaction between small to medium-sized enterprises and the University, to support business innovation, and to encourage jobs growth in the region.

Our purpose

The mission of CenWest Innovate is to support the development of entrepreneurship, innovation and small business management capacity in Central West NSW by:

  • Supporting human, cultural, political, infrastructural and social community capital development
  • Supporting facilitating institutions and organisations
  • Shaping policy and programs to help build and grow start-ups and further develop growth-focused small businesses.

It will achieve these goals through:

  • The CenWest Innovate Events and Workshop Program
  • The CenWest Innovate Next Stage Growth Program
  • Support for the the Upstairs Incubator
  • Provision of tech and business support vouchers.

 NSW Central West Entrepreneurial Ecosystem includes: funding, education, leadership, advocates, facilities, infrastructure, support services, mentors and networks

Workshops and events

CenWest Innovate hosts a range of FREE workshops and networking events led by a team of experienced, dynamic national and international speakers.

These events are designed to support new and existing businesses and business leaders, as well as support new entrepreneurs participating in Bathurst’s Upstairs Incubator.

Subscribe to our events calendar for notifications of upcoming opportunities.

Next Stage Growth Program

The NSGP is a six-month program to support the development of existing sustainable businesses that want to move to the "next stage" of their development. It includes a range of training activities designed to enhance your entrepreneurship capabilities.

Key growth-related topics are covered, including innovation and opportunity identification; networking and negotiation; target markets; effective selling and communications; digital media; process improvement; financial intelligence; and managing larger teams.

Download NSGP Prospectus
Download Application & Guidelines

TechVouchers

CenWest TechVouchers give you access to CSU’s tech capabilities and provide match funding of up to $15,000. These require a 1:1 funding co-commitment from businesses.

For example, if a business invests $10,000 they would receive $20,000 worth of research support in return.

To apply, visit industry.nsw.gov.au, fill in the TechVoucher application form and select CSU as your preferred delivery partner.

Business Development Vouchers

With BDVs, you can access a broader range of non-tech related research capabilities at CSU.

Business development vouchers do not have the same matched funding requirement as TechVouchers, but require a cash contribution from participating businesses.

Research capabilities which you can access include market research and customer surveys, digital marketing analysis, assistance with brand development, creative industries support, data mining, and statistical analysis.

Search our CSU capabilities listing (coming soon) and download a BDV application form and guidelines.

What people are saying

Leesa Blazley

The CenWest Innovate Bootcamp was a great opportunity to refocus and recalibrate my business development approach. Meeting like-minded entrepreneurs boosted my enthusiasm and confidence. Witnessing the transformations that took place over a day and a half was pretty inspiring. I would recommend anyone who is looking to get their business off the ground to check out CenWest Innovate’s events.

Leesa Blazley Director Solafast Pty Ltd

Workshop resources

Winning Negotiations in Business Masterclass View all files
Recruitment Masterclass View all files
Public Relations Stakeholder Analysis Masterclass View all files
Starting a Business Bootcamp Download .zip file
Developing Regional Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Download .zip file
Digital Marketing Masterclass Download .zip file
Branding and Target Marketing for Business Success Download .zip file
Next Stage Growth Program April 2018 View all files
Pricing Your Products Masterclass View all files
Cybersecurity for SME's View all files
Mentor Meet Up View all files
Increasing employee engagement, wellbeing and effectiveness View all files
Speaker Session - Dr Peter Kelly View all files
Entrepreneurship – school program View all files

Our partners

NSW Government

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Our team

Professor Mark Morrison

Professor Mark Morrison

Project Lead

Steven Semmens

Steven Semmens

Industry Advisor

Our supporters

Bathurst Business ChamberBathurst Regional CouncilCentral NSW Business HQNSW Business ChamberDubbo Chamber of CommerceDubbo Regional CouncilHilltops CouncilMid-Western Regional CouncilOrange Business ChamberOrange City CouncilParkes Shire CouncilRegional Deveelopment AustraliaReliance BankUpstairs Incubator