Webinar: Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Among Regions

Wednesday 19th February, 2020 (12pm – 1pm, Sydney time)

Dr Allan O’Connor will provide insight and practical tips on how to develop and promote an Innovation Sectoral Hub among the collective activities of entrepreneurs, firms, regional support facilities and programs across diverse regions and industry sectors.

Allan will be joined by Colin Mason (University of Glasgow) who will provide an international perspective for the discussion to provide examples of regional places and how they are actively building entrepreneurial ecosystems, and Anne Moroney (Regional Development Australia | Barossa, Gawler, Light, Adelaide Plains) who will reflect the local experience of a region that is somewhat blessed with a strong economic base in the form of the Barossa Valley wine industry but has recognised the importance of broad inclusivity in building diversity.


Dr Allan O’Connor | University of SA

Allan purchased his first venture at 18 years of age to support his career development in mechanical engineering. Allan later used this venture to support a career as a professional musician, teaching and performing, while participating in a Jazz studies program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  Returning to engineering a few years later, Allan worked in Business Development functions primarily in the mechanical services sector for a number of small and medium enterprises, achieving record sales levels. Allan also achieved significant success in product development and innovation leading the development and introduction of new products, opening of new markets, and expanding business opportunities for both established and new businesses. Allan now combines his industry experience with his academic credentials to lecture in entrepreneurship, strategic opportunities, innovation, and managing strategic enterprise growth.

Allan’s academic qualifications in entrepreneurship include a Master degree in Enterprise Innovation and a PhD in the field of entrepreneurship education and public policy for economic development.  

Colin Mason | University of Glasgow

Colin took up his current post as Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow in 2012. He previously held a Chair in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde and before that was at the University of Southampton. He has degrees from the University of Edinburgh (MA Hons) and University of Manchester (PhD) and has held visiting positions at universities in Canada, Australia, NZ & Argentina. His research and teaching are in the areas of entrepreneurship and regional development. His specific research interest is in entrepreneurial finance. Recently, he has undertaken research on high growth firms and on technology firms in Scotland on behalf of Scottish Enterprise and he is co-author of a widely cited OECD report on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Anne Moroney | RDA Barossa, Gawler, Light, Adelaide Plains

Anne is Chief Executive and Director of Regional Development of RDA Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains and is responsible for implementing the regional growth strategy, partnerships development, external liaison, opportunities assessment, major projects and operational management. Anne has extensive experience as a commercial lawyer across private and public practice, and more recently in economic development and is a small business owner and partner in the family vineyard and wine producer. Anne is an accredited mediator, has substantial board experience and is well versed in the matters and concerns of regional areas.

Wednesday 19 February 2020
12pm – 1pm
(Sydney time)

Members – Free
Non-Members $25


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