On the 22nd of October, the Opposition Leader, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, the Hon Ed Husic MP and the Hon Andrew Leigh MP, visited the CBR Innovation Network (CBRIN) and explored the myriad of innovation and entrepreneurship arising from the space. CBRIN is a collaboration of ANU, CSIRO, NICTA, UC and UNSW Canberra and is supported by the ACT Government to connect, promote and accelerate the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems in the ACT.
The contingent met a wide variety of members of Canberra’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems, including the following: entrepreneurs and innovators, including this some of year’s Griffin Accelerator program participants; the start-ups and SME’s utilising the Entry 29 co-working space; established entrepreneurs and investors and a representative of the Inspiring Australia program. The delegates engaged the founders of HACT, SolarBare and Dilkara, part of the this year’s intake of the Griffin Accelerator program, about the entrepreneurial journey.
During the visit the delegates announced Labor’s commitment to Australia’s sharing-economy. When making the announcement, Mr Shorten spoke highly of the CBR Innovation Network and Canberra’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems, “I want to thank the Canberra Innovation Network for hosting us today, I’m here today with the newly appointed point man on all things start-ups, Edward Husic, and Andrew Leigh, who is Assistant Treasurer, and has been doing a lot of the grunt work in terms of developing the sharing-economy’s principles. Today’s announcement about Labor’s principles on the sharing-economy follows upon months of consultation and thinking about this exciting new edge to the Australian economy.”
Mr Shorten went to say, in respect to Labor’s plans for Australian start-ups, “Start-ups are not just about researching in universities, theorising about the future. It’ll involve mentoring people with amazing ideas, maybe a future Uber or Airbnb idea, to get that business edge, so that Australia can capture the creative potential of our young people.”
Dr Sarah Pearson, CEO, CBRIN, commented on the Opposition Leader’s visit, “The CBR Innovation Network is pleased to have hosted the Opposition Leader, Mr Husic and Mr Leigh this morning. We are excited to be a direct contributor to Australia’s sharing-economy, and to help develop a thriving innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem both locally, in Canberra, and at a national level.”
The delegates were accompanied by media during their visit to CBRIN, holding a press conference towards the conclusion of their visit, in which they discussed a variety topics, many pertinent to innovation and entrepreneurship in Australia, particularly the sharing-economy.
A full transcript of the media conference can be found here.