Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has today announced that South Coast companies are being invited to engage with the University of Wollongong to embrace innovation and solve industry problems with the support of the New South Wales Government.

Mr Ward said that the NSW Government has invested $18 million through its Boosting Business Innovation Program which is providing $1.5 million to each of our State’s 11 universities – including the University of Wollongong – and CSIRO to help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) innovate and grow.

“With the support of Boost, UOW is operating its ‘Advantage SME’ program to help businesses access the University of Wollongong’s world-class expertise, infrastructure and research capabilities,” he said.

“The Shoalhaven Business Chamber invites business owners and operators to a ‘Business After Hours’ event sponsored by UOW’s Advantage SME on tomorrow night (Wednesday 25th October) from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at UOW’s Shoalhaven Campus on George Evans Road at West Nowra.

“UOW Advantage SME Manager Zahra Shabazian will be there to advise how the university can help businesses, and about leveraged funding opportunities including through Boost’s TechVouchers program.

“I encourage Shoalhaven companies to attend or otherwise connect with UOW through Advantage SME to learn how it can benefit their business.

“Through Advantage SME, UOW provides a one-stop service for regional SMEs to access university resources including researchers across different disciplines, lab services like the Australian National Fabrication Facility Materials Node and innovation centre at iAccelerate and industry events.

“Advantage SME is using collaborative innovation to bolster significant industry sectors like advanced manufacturing, ICT, shared and financial services, engineering technologies and defence.

“Through the Boost program, the New South Wales Government is helping UOW and other universities to develop a networked innovation ecosystem across NSW while helping SMEs develop innovative products and services, improve business capabilities and engage in regional industry collaboration,” Mr Ward concluded.

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