Daily Advertiser - 06.05.18 - Di Somerville to host 8point8 conference at Wagga Civic Theatre in August

This article was published on the Daily Advertiser on 06.05.18.  Read the original article here.

Wagga entrepreneur Di Somerville is set to host a national innovation and small business conference at the Civic Theatre in August.

A longtime proponent of regional startups, Ms Somerville said the inaugural “8point8” conference would bring a trailblazing panel of national speakers to discuss and debate the future of work in the regions.

“It will ignite these conversations and discuss how regions can come up with forward-thinking solutions to create greater economic development across regional Australia,” Ms Somerville said. “Without networks and pre-established infrastructures to tap into, regional centres are at the mercy of brain drain where scaleable start-ups look elsewhere to invest.”

"It is critical we empower people in regional Australia to be able to turn their big ideas into successful businesses."

One of the keynote speakers is Katie van den Brand, a former BHP Billiton executive turned entrepreneur who repurposed her big business knowledge and skills to support regional innovators in Western Australia. 

Find out more at www.8point8.com.au.

Dianna Somerville