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21 February 2023 News Release

A new online learning program is now available to Western Australia-based small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agrifood sector, to help support their research, product development and innovation ambitions.

The Innovate to Grow: Agrifood WA program is delivered by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, with support from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).

Monika Szabo, SME Collaboration Manager for CSIRO, said Innovate to Grow is a great opportunity for businesses looking to turn an idea into a viable research and development (R&D) opportunity.

“Innovate to Grow aims to boost WA agribusinesses’ innovation performance by supporting businesses in advancing their ideas through the innovation pipeline and educating owners on how valuable R&D can be to them through this journey,” Dr Szabo said.

“With assistance from experienced researchers and innovation experts, participants can examine their technical and business challenges, explore their research, development and innovation opportunities, and develop actionable business and funding plans," she said.

DPIRD Investment Services Manager Peter May said this program presented an excellent chance for WA agrifood businesses to innovate their business.

“In addition to the learning benefits from the program, participants will increase their professional network and become part of the program alumni,” Mr May said.

“This program complements a range of existing agrifood industry innovation programs supported by DPIRD,” he said.

Applications close Monday 13 March. The program will commence on Tuesday 4 April.

More information on Innovate to Grow is available from the CSIRO agrifood WA webpage.

Innovate to Grow: Agrifood WA is supported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.


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