New Deakin Business Hub To Fast-Track COVID Recovery

11 August 2021

A new digital innovation business hub at Deakin University, funded by the Andrews Labor Government, will help get Victorian businesses back on their feet and build their resilience for the future.

Member for Burwood Will Fowles today announced the $6.4 million Digital Innovation and SME Hub (DISH) project to open at a refurbished space at the Burwood campus next year.

DISH will connect Victorian businesses with researchers and other stakeholders to develop digital solutions to help them recover, grow and adapt to a post-COVID environment.

The research will focus on automation, artificial intelligence and cyber security and be undertaken through collaborative problem-solving workshops and bootcamps right across Victoria.

Businesses are encouraged to sign-up by directly contacting Deakin University.

The project will create more than 120 jobs, including internal and research roles at Deakin University, as well as roles with project partners. Importantly, 40 per cent of DISH internships and bootcamp placements will be allocated to women. Additionally, a community engagement program will be launched to attract young Victorians from the regions.

The Labor Government contributed $2 million to the project in a joint effort with Deakin University. The project was one of many pitches from universities to the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund, which was developed in response to the significant impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sector.

The Government’s unprecedented $350 million Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund is supporting universities with capital works, research infrastructure projects and applied research focused on boosting Victoria’s productivity and powering the economy as the state recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

Quote attributable to Minister for Higher Education Gayle Tierney

“This project is exactly why we have made a record investment in the higher education sector – research undertaken at the DISH will strengthen Victorian businesses and create many jobs into the future.”

Quote attributable to Member for Burwood Will Fowles

“It is really exciting to announce a project like the DISH, which will help strengthen Victoria as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic – and we want businesses, women and young people to sign up.”

“Digital innovation is critical to our global competitiveness as we emerge from the pandemic.”

Quote attributable to Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Iain Martin

“This project is a great example of how universities, governments and the private sector can work together to provide end-to-end SME support while enhancing Victoria’s research capabilities.”


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