Lean Canvas April

Lean Canvas April

This week we completed the second Lean Canvas April two day workshop for 2019 with Entrepreneur in Residence, Dean Alle and Expert in Residence, Karmen Karamanian.

Over the course of the two sessions, attendees were introduced to the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and the Lean Canvas business model, learning the necessary tools and strategies to assist them develop a successful business. Under the guidance of Dean and Karmen, attendees are encouraged to explore all aspects of their business and understand the importance of identifying and testing their ideas. We provide a safe and friendly environment, where people are supported to share ideas, thoughts and feedback.

The date for the third workshop to compliment the Lean Canvas April workshop, will be announced soon! Keep an eye on our Events page and Newsletter for further updates.

We would like to thank the attendees for participating in our workshop and we look forward to following their journeys.

chief scientist

Chief Scientist – National Hydrogen Strategy

It was a pleasure to welcome Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel and his team to the Darwin Innovation Hub yesterday.

Dr Finkel along with Nicole Henry, Strategy Project Manager provided industry representatives with the overview of the National Hydrogen Strategy and discussed the opportunities for the Northern Territory.

The Hub hosted this forum in partnership with the Department of Primary Industry and Resources, who are part of the COAG Hydrogen Working Group. 

The COAG Energy Council established the Hydrogen Working Group to develop a national strategy to build a clean, innovative and competitive hydrogen industry and position Australia’s Hydrogen industry as a major global player by 2030. 

For more information on the Hydrogen Taskforce, please click on the following link https://www.industry.gov.au/about-us/what-we-do/coag-energy-council-hydrogen-working-group

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The Tiwi Collection – North Launches New Collection

The Tiwi Collection

Nestled on the shores of the Tiwi Islands, off the coast of Darwin, artists of Pirlangimpi, Milikapiti and Wurrumiyanga share stories of their connection to country through Jilamara (design).

Through this collaboration with NORTH, female artists from Munupi, Jilamara and Ngaruwanajirri Art Centres along with their families, invite you to embrace their culture and wear it with pride.

About NORTH – read more

About The Artists – read more

About The Art Centres – read more

Working in a non-for-profit and collaborative capacity allows NORTH to realise their values. At this stage in growth as an enterprise, NORTH is unable to fully fund the manufacturing stage of this collection, making a pre-order process the perfect solution to ensure they remain financially responsible and the artists get the best deal. The successful launch of the Tiwi collection will mean three things:

  1. A new income stream for the artists & their families is created through the purchase of handscreen printed textiles.
  2. Community pride is strengthened as Tiwi designs make their way around the world.
  3. NORTH as an enterprise will be financially supported to develop future collaborations that support and broaden the exposure of remote Indigenous textile design.

Pre-order online

You will receive an email confirmation of your order. Your order will be posted from NORTH HQ in Darwin from August, 2019. NORTH accept exchanges on all unworn items with tags.

Made with care

Out of respect to country, this collection has been developed with ethical manufacturing practices, made in Australia.

lessons on innovation

“Survive, learn, grow”: Three lessons on innovation from remote business owners in the Northern Territory – SmartCompany

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Austrade Round Table

Austrade Round Table

Today we welcomed Jenny West, General Manager Trade and Investment and Joel Smouha, State Director – Northern Territory to the Darwin Innovation Hub.  Jenny and Joel met with DIH’s Program Director, Wendy Pech and start-ups who are interested in the pathways to being export market ready.  Many thanks to Jenny for providing insights into support provided by Austrade’s Trade and Investment team.

What is Austrade?

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade – contributes to Australia’s economic prosperity by helping Australian businesses, education institutions, tourism operators, governments and citizens as they:

  • develop international markets and promote international education
  • win productive foreign direct investment
  • strengthen Australia’s tourism industry
  • seek consular and passport services.

Research and Innovation



An engineering scientist with a distinguished record as a researcher and as an academic leader will soon join CDU in one of its most senior roles. 

The university has appointed Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Research and Innovation. 


Australia Division of the Third China (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition

The 3rd China (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition is one of the largest events of its kind in China.

The Australia Division, held in Sydney over the weekend, is one of ten overseas divisions of the Competition.

This competition attracts numerous high-quality overseas projects, as well as integrate innovation and entrepreneurship resources to help foreign innovation and entrepreneurship projects connect with Chinese hi-tech industrial resources, thus expanding the Chinese market for mutual benefits and win-win results.

In 2018, the Competition attracted 1460 technology-based start-ups from 31 countries to participate and compete in five industry categories, and 135 of them won the respective country division and came to Shenzhen for the final contests, including 11 from Australia who were selected from 169 participants of the Australia Division.

In April 2019, more than 100 outstanding projects selected from the Overseas Division Competitions and Professional Competition will meet in Shenzhen and compete in multiple rounds including Professional Finals, Industrial Finals and Finals for the highest honors and awards of the competition.

Shenzhen has impressed overseas entrepreneurs with its outstanding innovation and entrepreneurship environment through the international competition. As a result, Shenzhen’s image as a city of innovation and its reputation overseas have been further enhanced. As a platform that motivates the innovation potential and vitality of the entire society, the competition propels innovation-driven development and drives new opportunities for scientific and technological innovation in Shenzhen.

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Zoe Malone

Celebrating the Best of the Bush: Zoe Malone wins 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award

Darwin’s Zoe Malone has taken out the coveted Northern Territory 2019 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award for her work in empowering grassroots organisations to continue their valuable contributions to the regions. 

The annual award celebrates the achievements of women from the Territory’s rural communities and industries and provides a platform to inspire and support Territorian women in the rural sector.

Ms Malone has spent most of her life in rural and regional Australia and is passionate about the role people and communities play in creating strong and vibrant regions.

She recognised that many grassroots community groups are struggling to keep up with increasing governance and accountability demands, putting pressure on a decreasing pool of volunteers.

Ms Malone plans to use her $10,000 Westpac bursary on a project working with grassroots organisations to provide tools and information to empower volunteers and community groups to take charge of their governance.

Ms Malone will now go on to represent the Territory as a finalist in the national award.

This year’s other two finalists were:

  • Donna Digby (Alice Springs), who would like to pilot a business development and leadership program for women in remote Australia to become InvestHER ready and build leadership and business skills, capabilities and confidence, encourage cross-sector networks and foster partnerships in the region.
  • Rebecca Mohr-Bell (Victoria Daly), who has identified a lack of financial literacy and business skills among young people working on farms and in regional communities, and would like to explore incentives, training packages or other initiatives that could teach financial literacy and skills to young people in an engaging and relevant way.

The Territory Labor Government has highlighted agribusiness as a priority growth sector to create jobs and supporting the awards helps the government support future leaders of the sector.