South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill got the inside track on some of the State’s edgiest entrepreneurial activity when he visited Flinders University’s New Venture Institute (NVI) at Tonsley today.
The Premier met with New Venture Institute Director Matt Salier and his team, along with Flinders Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling, at the Tonsley innovation hub to hear how Flinders NVI is driving a wave of creativity that has led to dozens of new start-ups.
He learned more about Venture Dorm and its wider engagement with the business community, which, through Flinders NVI is helping to build the foundations for South Australia’s successful economic transformation.
The Flinders NVI has become one of the key drivers of innovation in the state, and tonight will celebrate its latest graduating “Venture Dorm powered by Mega” class at a glittering “eNVIes” event in the city.
Mr Salier said the Premier’s visit was the icing on the cake following Flinders NVI’s most successful year yet.
“This is such a great endorsement of what Flinders NVI is achieving for South Australia and recognises the importance of the work we’re doing in providing entrepreneurs with the skills and support they need to succeed,” said Mr Salier.
“Tonight at the eNVIes we will see some of SA’s most exciting entrepreneurs pitch for more than $60k in prizes to judges and guests that include some of the most influential business people in the state.
“Having the Premier’s visit on the same day reinforces the high visibility and importance of the fantastic work being done by everyone at the New Venture Institute and all of our partners and supporters.”
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