A new website for business startups and entrepreneurs goes live today and is designed to grow the culture, capabilities and capital required to make South Australia a global leader in entrepreneurship.
Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said the Future Industries Exchange for Entrepreneurship (or FIXE) website, fixe.org.au, had been revamped to meet the growing needs of South Australia’s entrepreneurs and startup founders.
“The Marshall Government is transforming South Australia into the startup state to create a new wave of job opportunities in the industries of the future,” Minister Pisoni said.
“Startups called for a central place – a spot – to access events, support and make connections.
“The website now has a comprehensive startup directory, and I encourage businesses to make sure you are ‘spotted’ by creating an account and start making connections.
“It’s full of community-lead features, such as an event calendar where you can promote your upcoming event, opportunity or seminar.
“There’s also information on South Australia’s innovation precincts, workspaces, current grants and development programs available to underpin startup success.
“It is critical that we continue to engage the community to ensure the content is meaningful and useful.
South Australia’s Chief Entrepreneur Jim Whalley said he was proud of how the startup community had worked collaboratively on the development of the site.
“The new FIXE website is where you can connect with like-minded people and investors to find opportunities,” Mr Whalley said.
“If you’re an entrepreneur and keen to be in the spotlight, this site enables us to share your stories, celebrate your achievements and inspire others to give their ideas a go.”
The FIXE action plan, developed together with the entrepreneurial community, outlines objectives, strategic directions and specific actions, ranging from immediate projects to longer-term initiatives.
Minister Pisoni said the plan aims to put the state firmly on the global map and become a leader in entrepreneurship, particularly in rapidly growing future industries such as space, defence and cyber security.
“With more innovation in our lives than ever before – more prevalent this year – we are working together, with diverse voices, to deliver on this vision,” Minister Pisoni said.
“And through the 2020-21 Budget, the Marshall Liberal Government has invested an additional $13.7 million to support the state’s research and innovation ecosystem.”