8point8 WAVE AWARDS 2018 WINNER - Most Innovative Regional Council - Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Harbour, NSW

 Scot McDonald MC Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, Central Coast and the Hunter presents the 8point8 Wave Award to Stephen Saunders of Coffs Harbour City Council.

Scot McDonald MC Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, Central Coast and the Hunter presents the 8point8 Wave Award to Stephen Saunders of Coffs Harbour City Council.

A little about Coffs Harbour City Council

My Coffs – Community Strategic Plan is recognised as one of the key focuses for the Coffs Harbour community, Championing business, innovation and technology.

Coffs Harbour City Council has been engaged in various activities over the last 5 or more years, to grow their strategic opportunities in the technology and innovation space.  These have included becoming one of Australia’s first regional cities to develop a Digital Strategy, launched in December 2011, being named as a Smart 21 Community by the Intelligent Community Forum in its list of the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2014 and moving toward the future with the digitisation of their services.

Coffs Harbour City Council established the 6 Degrees Co-working Hubs in Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga as permanent spaces, and as a pop-up space in Sawtell.  6 degrees offers Pitch Your Passion, a regular opportunity for pitching, workshops, salons (social networking), power hours (slightly more formal get-togethers with entrepreneurs), and links with Sydney Startup hub.  6 degrees also have START-UP COFFS COAST event, the biggest start-up event on the Mid North Coast, where up to 200 tech and non-tech start-up founders, entrepreneurs and business and industry leaders come together to create opportunities for their business. The event features keynote speakers, a showcase of inspiring new businesses in Start-up Alley and an exciting selection of tech gadgets in the Innovation Lab, and a pitch competition.

Council has shown further strong commitment to the development of innovation in the LGA through the creation of the Digital Innovation Challenge in 2015 to support digital start-ups, through the delivery of the Coffs Coast Digital Enterprise Program and via their investigation of and building of a formal incubator program, with their support for the latter offered through financial and human resources, driving the program to commencement in the 2018/19 year.

The next step of development will be to design and implement an accelerator program to assist businesses of the Coffs Coast to access investment and national/international growth opportunities.

Council’s 6 Degrees program has grown its membership base up to 450 over its time in operation with approximately 50 new members joining the program each year.  Additionally, local business numbers have grown by 93 over the last two years in the LGA

Read more about Coffs Harbour City Council here.

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Dianna Somerville