Innov8Central was set up as an umbrella organisation in 2011 to implement the Central Coast Innovation Plan.
The Innovation Plan was developed by regional stakeholders with the core aim to improve the quality of life for Central Coast residents by improving the quality of the regional economy.
The Innovation Plan is made up of four key programs:
The Innovation Champions Program – educating regional business and stakeholder representatives to be more innovative. To date, 30 participants have completed the full program and 30 participants have completed the one day workshop, delivered by Dr Anton Kriz of the University of Newcastle.
The Cluster Program – contributing to the development of regional clusters including manufacturing, telework, music, social enterprise and food. Music and manufacturing in particular have gained independence as clusters by having their own boards, websites, events, business plans and strategies. Telework has had three committees: project, strategy and research working towards the development of a major telework strategy for the region.
The Gazelle Network – this has not yet commenced but will be aimed at supporting high growth regional businesses;
The Monitoring Program – a program of qualitative and quantitative research, including a representative region-wide telephone survey of 300 businesses and qualitative, case-study interviews were completed in May 2013.
RDA Central Coast provides ongoing support to ‘Innovation staff’ (including Innov8 Central and Central Coast Manufacturing Connect) through provision of in-kind office accommodation, advocacy and assistance in fundraising and sponsorship.
RDACC will to continue collaboration with staff running Innovation programs, and support for the roll out of the Central Coast Innovation Champions Program, as well as support and partner in the delivery of the Central Coast Innovation Summit, and the Central Coast Economic Breakfasts.
For more information go to www.innova8central.com.au