Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering

    Spacecubed recipient of Lotterywest grant

    21/07/2022 4:00 PM
     
    • WA startup ecosystem supporter Spacecubed recipient of $5.9 million Lotterywest grant
    • Grant to enable Spacecubed to continue to provide positive change to WA's innovation ecosystem through collaboration, research and funding

    Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson has today presented Western Australian owned and operated innovation supporter Spacecubed with a $5.9 million Lotterywest grant.

     

    Since 2012, Spacecubed has been supporting entrepreneurs, innovators and change makers in WA through flexible workspaces, growth programs and community.

     

    With a membership boasting 6,638 local founders, Small and Medium Enterprises and corporates, Spacecubed facilitates and drives growth in the innovation sector. It has delivered over $4 billion in economic, social and environmental impacts in WA over the past ten years.

     

    Spacecubed has also invested $1.5 million in WA startups over the past five years through their Plus Eight accelerator program, which has generated $12 million in follow-on investment.

     

    One successful startup supported by Spacecubed, SheCodes, has taught over 6,000 women to code and is aiming to inspire 100,000 women to learn to code by 2025.

     

    During the next ten years, with the support of the Lotterywest grant, Spacecubed is set to focus on partnerships and collaboration to help build a resilient and thriving WA community.

     

    The $5.9 million grant funding will enable Spacecubed to:

    • develop networks and collaboration across the early-stage innovation sector in WA;
    • provide research into the state of Western Australian innovation and how the State is tracking in creating an 'innovative society'; and
    • fund the development of innovative ideas at various stages from testing, to enabling and supporting proposals.

    For more information about Lotterywest grants: www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants/grant-opportunities.

     

    For more information about Spacecubed: www.spacecubed.com.

     

    Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Stephen Dawson:

     

    "Supporting business and innovation is at the heart of the McGowan Government's plan to diversify WA's economy.

     

    "Our Government is committed to ensuring our promising innovators have the support needed to help them build strong, viable businesses and create more local jobs.

     

    "Spacecubed is a very impressive WA organisation playing a key role in giving our local innovation sector the support and guidance they need to succeed.

     

    "Spacecubed is an excellent choice as the recipient of the Lotterywest grant which will provide a major boost to WA's innovation ecosystem.

     

    "This new support will feed into the work of the $16.7 million New Industries Fund, which has been supporting entrepreneurs and innovators since 2017."

     

    Comments attributed to Spacecubed Founder and Managing Director Brodie McCulloch:

     

    "The Lotterywest grant allows Spacecubed to take what we have learnt over the past ten years and provide greater support to the whole innovation ecosystem as it evolves with ideas across Western Australia.

     

    "The collaborative approach to the project is specifically designed to ensure that new ideas are supported at all stages with provision to grow and develop to enable them to attract additional funding in the future.

     

    "To strengthen Western Australia as a truly innovative society, this project, in partnership with Lotterywest, will ensure that we continue to build a community of resilient and high-impact innovators and change-makers."

     

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