8point8 WAVE AWARDS 2018 WINNER - Best Regional Small Business - The Van Diemen Project, Launceston, Tasmania

 Scot McDonald MC Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, Central Coast and the Hunter presents the 8point8 Wave Award to Chris Davis of the Van Diemen Project.

Scot McDonald MC Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, Central Coast and the Hunter presents the 8point8 Wave Award to Chris Davis of the Van Diemen Project.

A little about The Van Diemen Project

The Van Diemen Project helps innovative business owners build their business and began in September 2016 with three directors who wanted to change the way Tasmanian business were supported, as employment figures were low, there was poor performance and attendance in high schools, and people were moving away from the island to pursue higher education or training, and to improve job prospects.

The founders of The Van Diemen Project were the first tenants of Cowork Launceston, the first coworking space in the region and started with two businesses in a small ex-post office.  They now occupy two levels of a CBD building, sharing space with 10 other businesses.

Last year The Van Diemen Project saw 356 clients, over 599 consultations for business advice, and over 300 people for an average of three consultations each for business mentoring services.

They ran over 90 events, hosted a two week Entrepreneur in Residence program, held Tasmania’s first Youth Business Incubator “Emerge”, and ran numerous partner events across Tasmania.

They engaged with 4,245 individuals (clients, stakeholders, etc) at internal and external events and developed a reputation for quality service such that the State Government is referring clients directly to the business, rather than through Business Tasmania,

They have assisted in enhancing economic development in many ways including collaborating with local peak bodies such as Northern Tasmania Development Corporation, League of Extraordinary Women, Tasmanian Women in Agriculture, Harvest Market Launceston, CityProm Launceston, Northern Young Professionals Network, Northern Midlands Business Association; and they are extremely passionate about supporting the local community, as it is at the heart of the business,

The Van Diemen Project provide innovative solutions to fit their entire customer base regardless of their skill level or approach.

Read more about The Van Diemen Project here.

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