The State and Federal governments, UniSA and the City of Whyalla have declared their commitment to regional learning with the launch of Whyalla's new Innovation & Collaboration Centre (ICC) this week.
The ICC in the Whyalla UniSA campus was officially opened by the Skills Minister David Pisoni and South Australia Senator Alex Antic on Wednesday evening (August 21).
It was the culmination of many months of hard work by UniSA and support from the City of Whyalla, the State and Federal Governments.
Council was recognised on the night for its support of the project with CEO Chris Cowley gaining a special mention for his work with the UniSA campus to help establish the ICC in Whyalla.
Councillors Phill Stone and Zia Westerman represented Council at the event.
Established in 2015, the Innovation & Collaboration Centre (ICC) initiative is a strategic partnership between the University of South Australia, the South Australian Government and DXC Technology to support technology-based incubation and business growth in South Australia.
Executive Director for MBA and Executive Education at UniSA, Peter Stevens thanked the City of Whyalla, Mr Cowley and the State and Federal governments for their support.
"A sincere thank you to the partners of this project," Mr Stevens said.
"The University of South Australia has a long-term commitment to regional engagement and to building hubs of learning, innovation and enterprise beyond the CBD.
"Whyalla is already innovating and attracting new industries and businesses to the region so this is the perfect time to open our new innovation hub which will provide the right spaces, services and community engagement to encourage entrepreneurs and innovators.
"The ICC will introduce and facilitate opportunities for the region to start and expand globally focused companies, through the facilitation and provision of activities that inspire, educate and support both the establishment and growth of those companies."
Minister Pisoni said the State Government was forging ahead in its ambition to build the State's entrepreneurial ecosystem and culture of entrepreneurship.
"That's why we have invested $150,000 in the Innovation & Collaboration Centre here in Whyalla," Mr Pisoni said.
"South Australia is undergoing a period of economic growth as our industrial landscape shifts ... changing our industry, our culture and our skills needs.
"It's happening in Whyalla and right across Eyre Peninsula ... the breadth of talent and passion here in this great city is evident.
"This is our vision to make South Australia the leading centre for future industries and entrepreneurship in the southern hemisphere."
Following an information session held on Thursday, August 22, the ICC will host a weekend-long global Techstars Startup Weekend for students, entrepreneurs, ideas people and anyone interested in the innovation ecosystem on September 6-8.
The weekend is being sponsored by local companies OZ Minerals and Max Cranes.
Find out more about ICC Whyalla at https://icc.unisa.edu.au/whyalla/ The ICC is in the UniSA campus on Nicolson Avenue.