Catalytic moments - reflections from the Greater Geraldton Investment Showcase
Still buzzing from the Greater Geraldton Investment Showcase last Friday (9th of December)!
It was a privilege to witness such a level of energy and engagement around Mid West ventures during the event, and in the conversations that have since followed. Already discussions are being had between ventures, mentors and investors in areas including energy, social enterprise, food production and marine conservation (and that's just what was personally witnessed).
An event like the Showcase, that focussed exclusively on developing and linking investible opportunities, provides the conditions required for mutually beneficial relationships to develop. These are a precursor to investment in ventures that already themselves are invested in the local economy. Alone individual ventures may not make much of a difference...but when skilled, motivated and aligned - together they will have a hell of an impact.
Based upon the Showcase experience, I can only reflect that this is what is often missing from the economic development landscape. Sure analysis, infrastructure, public relations and strategy is important, but so is linking local innovators with fellow entrepreneurs and motivated investors from afar.
A huge thank you to the various supporters of the Showcase and Groundswell (the program that supported ventures in the leadup to the event). This list is extensive but particular kudos to the Greater Geraldton Growth Plan Partnership (City of Greater Geraldton, MWDC and Localise), the US Consulate, West Tech Fest, Iluka and RDA Mid West Gascoyne. A shout-out also to the team that pulled it together including Pollinators, 32 Degrees South, GCP Capital and the Growth Plan Partnership crew. Awesome job all!
Finally and most critically, thanks to all who attended the day either as a venture, mentor/investor, infrastructure provider or as an engaged observer. Days like these are rare and it was a pleasure sharing it with you all. What comes next will be amazing.