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Jobs for NSW backs first regional tech expo

Media release | 20 March 2018

Orange will host the first Regional Technology Expo to promote innovation in the Central West with the support of the NSW Government-backed Jobs for NSW.

Geoff White, Acting CEO at Jobs for NSW, said the inaugural event in June will bring together startups, students and businesses from the region to showcase capabilities and technologies for the future.

“The first Regional Technology Expo will be a ground breaking initiative for the Central West providing a platform for the region’s brightest entrepreneurs and businesses across areas like agriculture, education, health and government,” Mr White said.

“The Expo, an initiative of Orange Rotary Club backed by Orange City Council and the NSW Government through Jobs for NSW, is expected to attract 3,000 people over three days from 22-24 June to showcase the region’s tech talents,” he said.

Rotary Club Organising Committee co-chair Graeme Fleming said the response to the Regional Tech Expo was overwhelming with up to 80 exhibitors expected.

“Technology advances have given regional businesses more opportunity to grow than ever before and we want to prepare our children for the jobs of the future,“ Mr Fleming said.

“The Regional Tech Expo will include talks from prominent speakers, a pitching competition, entrepreneur workshops, drone demonstrations and robotics displays with the participation of local schools.”

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the Central West has a strong history of producing successful startups and the NSW Government is committed to supporting the region’s innovative companies.

“Jobs for NSW is all about assisting startups and fast-growing businesses and to date has assisted 15 Central West companies with grants to develop technologies.

“As well as supporting this event, Jobs for NSW recently launched a new Regional Growth Loan product which provides eligible regional businesses with interest-free capital of between $200,000 and $500,000.

“Central West startups also have access to a Regional Landing Pad at the new $35 million NSW Government-backed Sydney Startup Hub, allowing them to expand their networks and target business opportunities in Sydney and beyond,” he said.

The event will be held across three locations: Orange Function Centre, Orange Agricultural Institute and James Sheahan Catholic High School. For more information visit: www.rdacentralwest.org.au/nsw-regional-technology-expo/