“Our vision is that Bendigo is internationally regarded as an innovation hotspot that quickly identifies and offers solutions to issues with a social impact. A place where problems are shared, ideas are freely discussed and solutions are collaborated on. There is a strong entrepreneurial culture that is supported by local government policy, infrastructure, access to funding and networking opportunities. Ideas are supported to commercialisation through a strongtalent pool and access to capital.”
– David Hughes, Festival Director, Be.Bendigo
The Festival is proudly hosted by local business chamber Be.Bendigo, whose purpose is to “support Greater Bendigo businesses to be prosperous, sustainable and innovative”. This is why the Festival not only supports the development of startups and other new businesses within Greater Bendigo, but also provides tools and information for established businesses to utilize innovation to drive their profitability.
Innovation will be the major driver of any productivity growth.” The Bendigo Invention & Innovation Festival is just one example of how Bendigo is well placed to take advantage of this cultural shift. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, a regional accelerator and a new Tech School in place at La Trobe University and a new state-of-the-art hospital recently opened Bendigo is indeed “a model for other regional Victorian cities considering ways to boost innovation“ (2018 AECOM Report). The Bendigo Invention & Innovation Festival builds on this reputation as it showcases regional entrepreneurs, helps build a community around innovation and technology in regional areas, and connects regional business owners to national and global thought leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship.