Technology is changing our lives - and the world of business - at breakneck speeds. Uber is trialling self driving cars in the streets of San Francisco, Amazon is about to open supermarkets without checkouts in the US and Domino's has used a drone to deliver a pizza in New Zealand!
Regional Australia is not immune to technological advances. Small businesses with an online presence are selling products to consumers in all corners of Australia and the world while the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) will provide faster, more reliable internet access for regional businesses, giving them confidence to become more ambitious online.
The NBN will enable professionals quit over-populated cities for a better quality of life in regional Australia (while still working remotely for their city-based employers) as well as allowing entrepreneurs to choose regional locations to start a new business unencumbered by the past constraints of reliable internet access.
2017: The Year of Mallee Rising
In parallel to these developments there is a significant increase in entrepreneurship around the world and this is only going to strengthen in future years.
A recent study published in The Australian found that 60% of Australians aged 16-25 would like to start a business.
This is where Mallee Rising steps in and where we see our calling. We see a massive opportunity to fuse together opportunities presented by the NBN and the "new economy" with the seismic shift towards entrepreneurship in our current and future generations. Add that to a regional Australian context and we believe it's a dynamic cocktail for economic development in the Mallee.
An affordable workspace for micro businesses
When we open our doors in Swan Hill, hopefully in the first half of 2017, local entrepreneurs and micro businesses will have access to an affordable, collaborative workspace with work benches, tables and sofas for "coworking" as well as meeting rooms.
There will be regular events such as guest speakers, workshops and networking opportunities and possibly pitch nights and hackathons in the future. We aim to put in place a mentoring program as soon as possible to help guide people who want to start a new business or grow an existing one.
Above all, we want to create a culture that promotes an entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, creativity and growth in our community and region.
Sound like something you'd like to be a part of or know someone who's thinking about starting a business one day?
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We're looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming you in.