The current digital age is transforming the economy and changing the way businesses and consumers access goods and services. The rapid change, driven by technology, is disrupting traditional jobs and industries. Business needs to accept this change and take advantage of the opportunity.
Trent Zimmerman is passionate about supporting local startups and innovation businesses on the lower north of Sydney.
It is why he has set up The North Sydney Innovation Network to promote and enhance the fast growing contribution of innovation related businesses on the lower north shore of Sydney, bringing together people in business from different industries and sectors.
The Network is open to all businesses and interested people on the lower north shore and provides an opportunity for businesses to connect with each other and give feedback on local and national policy settings.
The Network is made up of a collection of local startups and digital businesses, industry experts and investors, local educators, chambers of commerce and representatives from the councils of Lane Cove, Willoughby and North Sydney.
PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL’S
PLAN FOR INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY
Australia is a smart and skilful country. Australians are innovators and problem solvers. But we need to do more
to be at the forefront of new and emerging industries
and to support and enhance current industries.
Government can and must support innovation
across the economy by:
- Setting the right policy framework,
- Enhancing and encouraging business productivity,
- Boosting research collaboration including with
the CSIRO, our university and research institutions
and other organisations,
- Promoting start-ups and other small companies, and
- Rewarding new ideas and hard work.
– Malcolm Turnbull
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Turnbull’s Plan for Innovation and Opportunity
Innovation is important to a strong economy and we need practical solutions and programs that will promote productivity and investment and support small and medium sized business as the powerhouse of Australian jobs.
But it’s important that these policies also promote opportunity so that the benefits are available across the community, helping our kids be the best they can be, creating and supporting good jobs and successful businesses and industries.
BRINGING AUSTRALIAN IDEAS TO THE MARKET
Australia has world-class research coming out of the CSIRO, universities, biotech and medical facilities, and other organisations, but we need to do more to turn great ideas into practical, commercial outcomes.
INVESTING IN INNOVATION AND SHARING THE BENEFITS
We need to invest in innovation in small and medium sized enterprises, including start-up companies, by assisting them to find investment and to attract and retain the staff they need through incentives and employee share schemes.
BUSINESS AND SKILLS SUPPORT
Innovative businesses need the skills and support in place to make the best of their ideas. Many of their jobs require science, technology, engineering and maths skills, so we need to boost participation in these subjects from early learning right through further education and university.
HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION
High quality education is critical to creating this skills base. We need to support teachers so they can teach the innovators of the future by building on all the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics.
Our country is a recognised leader in the development of specific solutions to health issues. By investing more and being smarter and more skilful in the way we support new research, we can enhance commercialisation and develop new industries, products and services.
Our new trade agreements, as well as existing export opportunities, open doors to the modern global marketplace providing opportunities to increase exports in services and products, build stronger local businesses and create good jobs.
“Only by fostering enterprise innovation and successful small, medium and large businesses can we secure the well-paid jobs of the future.”
– Trent Zimmerman
Liberal Candidate for North Sydney