The Problem

Technology is enabling change at an ever increasing pace, not only in urban contexts, but also in regional centres, where the Internet in particular is enabling entrepreneurs to compete in the global marketplace despite the size and remoteness of their home cities or towns. In regional Australia, the challenges of high unemployment, fading traditional industries, a lack of economic diversity, and a "brain drain" of talent to urban centres highlight the need for novel economic development strategies.
“40% of Australian jobs could be redundant in 10 years.”

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)

“60% of Australian students are training for jobs that will not exist in the future or will be transformed by automation”

Foundation for Young Australians

“50% of occupations today will no longer exist by 2025 as people will take up more creative professions”.

Martin Chen – Chief Operating Officer of Genesis

THe solution

Innovation and entrepreneurship are highlighted as potential solutions, but both require knowledge and support to be successful. Innovation Ecosystems, offers practical solutions and shares lessons learned through the ongoing development of a self-sustaining startup and innovation ecosystem in the remote region of Cairns, Australia. Innovation Ecosystems is now working with regions throughout Australia, where trained champions are driving the development of startup and innovation ecosystems adapted to regional needs. Key areas of focus include:
"It takes a village to raise a startup idea!"
  • Regional Champion

    Regional Startup & Innovation champion (team). Does the region have one?

  • Key stakeholders

    Key stakeholders. Have they been identified and to what extent have they been engaged?

  • Events & Programs

    Number of relevant programs & events run each month

  • Physical Space

    Physical place. Has one been established?

theSPACE Australasia & SEGRA Challenge


Meet the team which are turning declining communities into robust economies
Troy Haines
Troy Haines
CEO theSPACE Australasia & Innovation Ecosystems
Damian Zammit
Damian Zammit
COO theSPACE Australasia / CEO Emerging Entrepreneurs
Nathan Finney
Nathan Finney
Business services and taxation
Donna Patane
Donna Patane
Intellectual property, commercial and property law specialist
Ben Walker
Ben Walker
CTO theSPACE Australasia & Emerging Entrepreneurs

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Startup & Innovation Ecosystem Health Check

To understand where is your region at


  • Reports includes:
  • Who's driving the ecosystem?
  • Which stakeholders are engaged?
  • How many relevant programs?
  • How many relevant events?
  • Does the region have a physical hub?
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