The Chief Executive Officer of Mildura Regional Development (MRD), Mr. Daryl Buckingham, has spent time in Ballarat, attending the LaunchVic Grant announcement event and he hasn’t come home empty handed.

Committed to placing Mildura in the best position to capitalise on emerging opportunities, as the world increasingly embraces thedigital age, MRD, in partnership with Mildura Rural City Council, submitted an application to the  LaunchVic funding round,which was developed to support entrepreneurship and innovation.

He said the proposed Mildura project was designed to give start-up businesses access to a range of workshops and skills development programs that would help their business grow and more broadly, encourage a start-up ecosystem in the region.

“This fund presented a great opportunity for Mildura and the grant process was highly competitive, with 32 applications submitted across 56 local government areas.”

“ To be announced as one of only 15 programs to receive funding is a huge coup and demonstrates not only the strength of the proposal but the depth of potential and talent in the Mildura region,” Mr. Buckingham said.

The program, ‘Magnify Mildura’, will receive $50,000 and it will be used to develop connections and innovative entrepreneurship, with the long-term view of creating a vibrant regional hub for start-up businesses.

“Mildura has a fine tradition of innovation in the horticulture, advanced manufacturing and export sectors and a deep understanding ofthe value chains that link each commercial sector to success, both on an individual level and in terms of the economic drivers of the region and beyond, he said.