More than 120 regional leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs from across South Australia took part in the second annual Regional Summit, held in Mount Gambier on 31 May.
With the theme of ‘entrepreneurship and innovation’, the summit highlighted the importance of innovation in transforming regional economies, the role the state’s universities play in working alongside industry, and the entrepreneurship of some of South Australia’s regional businesses.
The program included a number of success stories from regional businesses such as Hood’s Earth Produce, Kangaroo Island Spirits, Cummins Milling Co, Bowmans Intermodal, Potatoes South Australia, McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association, and Fleurieu Milk Company, as well as presentations from some of South Australia’s world-leading academics.
Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock said that regional South Australia has a vital role to play in shaping and delivering the state’s economic agenda.
“I’m struck by the hard work and innovation of our regional businesses, and the Regional Summit reflected that, exploring innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration,” Mr Brock said.
“We’ve built on the success of last year’s inaugural summit and this year’s event attracted even more and diverse businesses from right across the state to share their stories and explore ideas together.”
Minister for Higher Education and Skills Susan Close said the State Government supported entrepreneurship and innovation in the state’s regions.
“The State Government is working to help diversify the economy, providing a stable base for job creation and ensuring we have the skilled workforce we need for future economic growth,” Ms Close said.
“Collaboration between educational institutions, government, businesses and the community in our regions is integral to the way business is done, giving participants a competitive edge.”