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Webinar: Building entrepreneurial ecosystems among regions

19 February @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Dr Allan O’Connor will provide insight and practical tips on how to develop and promote an Innovation Sectoral Hub among the collective activities of entrepreneurs, firms, regional support facilities and programs across diverse regions and industry sectors.

Colin Mason (University of Glasgow) will provide an international perspective for the discussion to provide examples of regional places and how they are actively building entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Anne Moroney (Regional Development Australia | Barossa, Gawler, Light, Adelaide Plains) reflect the local experience of a region that is somewhat blessed with a strong economic base in the form of the Barossa Valley wine industry but has recognised the importance of broad inclusivity in building diversity.


Allan O’Connor, University of SA (Associate Professor in Enterprise Dynamics)

Allan purchased his first venture, a private drumming tuition business, at 18 years of age to support his career development in mechanical engineering with John Lysaght (Australia) Ltd. Allan later used this venture to support a career as a professional musician, teaching and performing, while participating in a Jazz studies program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, one of the oldest and most prestigious music schools in Australia. Returning to engineering a few years later, Allan worked in Business Development functions primarily in the mechanical services sector for a number of small and medium enterprises, achieving record sales levels. Allan also achieved significant success in product development and innovation leading the development and introduction of new products, opening of new markets, and expanding business opportunities for both established and new businesses. Excelling in Regional Sales Management and with further experience of his own product and consulting businesses, since 2001 Allan now combines his industry experience with his academic credentials to lecture in entrepreneurship, strategic opportunities, innovation, and managing strategic enterprise growth.

Allan’s academic qualifications in entrepreneurship include a Master degree in Enterprise Innovation and a PhD in the field of entrepreneurship education and public policy for economic development. In 2008 through to the end of 2016, Allan led the development and growth of the Master of Applied Innovation and Entrepreneurship and its nested degree programs at the University of Adelaide. Recognising Allan’s experience and knowledge in entrepreneurship, Cengage Learning Australia, a leading academic text publisher, invited Allan to co-author Entrepreneurship: Theory, Process and Practice in 2011, the most comprehensive and widely sourced Asia Pacific text on entrepreneurship.


Colin Mason, University of Glasgow

Colin Mason took up his current post as Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow on 1 October 2012. He previously held a Chair in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde and before that was at the University of Southampton. He has degrees from the University of Edinburgh (MA Hons) and University of Manchester (PhD) and has held visiting positions at universities in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. His research and teaching are in the areas of entrepreneurship and regional development. His specific research interest is in entrepreneurial finance. Recently, he has undertaken research on high growth firms and on technology firms in Scotland on behalf of Scottish Enterprise and he is co-author of a widely cited OECD report on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems.


Anne Moroney, Regional Development Australia | Barossa, Gawler, Light, Adelaide Plains

Anne is Chief Executive and Director of Regional Development of RDA Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains and is responsible for implementing the regional growth strategy, partnerships development, external liaison, opportunities assessment, major projects and operational management. Anne has extensive experience as a commercial lawyer across private and public practice, and more recently in economic development and is a small business owner and partner in the family vineyard and wine producer. Anne is an accredited mediator, has substantial board experience and is well versed in the matters and concerns of regional areas.



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19 February
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Economic Development Australia


0467 217 997


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