Building economic strength and stimulating business growth in metropolitan and regional NSW.


The NSW government aims to build strong local business communities and stimulate economic growth in metropolitan and regional NSW. To support these objectives, the state government has invested $18 million into the Boosting Business Innovation Program, giving SMEs who want to innovate and scale up access to the research expertise and infrastructure from across NSW. By partnering with all 11 NSW universities and CSIRO, this program is supporting range of new innovation spaces, workshops and activities designed to support collaboration with  SMEs and start-ups across the state.

What We've Achieved

  • Established a variety of Co-working spaces across NSW and enabled extensive programs, training courses and activities to support entrepreneurship and innovation.

  • Encouraging research and industry partnership programs to explore new models for translating and commercialising research, and to address business research and workforce needs.

  • The Boosting Business Innovation Forum. A public open day, showcasing the capabilities and successes of the BBIP. This was held on 14th June 2018 at CSIRO Lindfield.

  • Provided access to expertise and technical equipment though the development of maker spaces and hubs.

  • The development of a networked innovation ecosystem to the rural regions of NSW. Connecting rural entrepreneurs and businesses to AgriTech areas of expertise.


Boosting Business Innovation Forum

The Boosting Business Innovation Forum was a one day public event, hosted by the 12 program delivery partners, held at CSIRO Lindfield on the 14th of June 2018. The forum aimed to facilitate linkages between NSW-based SMEs and research organisations to the benefit of our state. Through a series of interactive seminars spanning various topics from funding schemes to new technology developments, and a concurrent day long expo, the delivery partners showcased the capabilities, facilities and support services available to SMEs interested in partnering with them.

The event was a huge success with many wonderful case studies of successful collaborations.