The Australian Government engages the services of two expert Regional Incubator Facilitators to help existing and aspiring regional incubators access Incubator Support initiative funding.
The facilitators are experienced entrepreneurs that have run successful incubators or start-ups, so they have the knowledge, experience and international networks to help regional incubators overcome the challenges they face to set up and prosper.
Regional Incubator Facilitators assist all regional applicants by:
- providing advice, mentoring and specialist expertise
- helping them to develop their professional networks and national and international connections
- encouraging joint applications and boosting knowledge sharing between regional and metropolitan incubators
They also provide feedback on draft New and Existing Incubator applications (including metropolitan applications), and assist in providing feedback to unsuccessful applicants.
If you would like to speak with one of the Regional Incubator Facilitators directly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the team will put you in contact.
The Regional Incubator Facilitators
Brad Twynham - New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Northern Territory
Brad Twynham is a technology entrepreneur and innovator, strategy consultant and investor/Board Director with over 25 years working and consulting in the areas of enterprise technology adoption and enterprise operating model transformation, health, agriculture, and education technologies, neural networks, blockchain, big data and artificial intelligence.
He has founded and built technology companies and has advised senior executives on significant technology transformation initiatives around the world for organisations such as Singtel Optus, Swisscom, Union Bank of Switzerland, Visa, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Allianz. He has also raised in excess of US $25M to fund technology start-ups and built companies that have delivered significant value to their customers and stakeholders.
In 2015, on returning to Australia after several years living in Los Angeles, he founded a thought leadership and consulting practice focused on the correlation between performance and innovation at both a personal and organisational level. Since founding this business Brad has assisted several start-ups scale internationally and raise significant seed capital to scale out their ventures. He has consulted to a number of large corporations as the entrepreneur in residence to their senior executive teams and boards and frequently keynotes at conferences. He is also an active mentor and facilitator at incubators such as Muru D and The Hatchery.
Brad sits on a number of boards including the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, Central Coast Montessori Primary School and chairs the board of Conscious Capitalism Australia and New Zealand.
Daniel Smith – South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania
Daniel Smith is an experienced facilitator of business start-up programs including those at the South Australian Chamber of Commerce, universities and international accelerators. Most recently Daniel was the Australian Country Manager for one of the largest start-up accelerators in the world. He is a Churchill Fellow and studied entrepreneurial support programs for young people throughout the UK and USA in 2011.
He has volunteered as a judge for various start-up programs and competitions including The University of Adelaide’s eChallenge, Australia and France and the NASA Space Apps Challenge.
Daniel has a strong affinity for regional Australia having worked in horticultural and viticultural support roles early in his career as well as running a cut flower export business.
The AusIndustry Regional Manager network is also available to assist and support applicants where required.