Since 2015, the Innovation & Collaboration Centre has supported early-stage startups through providing workspace, mentoring and funding. Read more about our staff and our startups.

Top SA entrepreneur supporting innovation in the regions

9 December 2019


ICC Associate Director, Jasmine Vreugdenburg, Richard Turner, PVC Business and Law, Marie Wilson

Associate Director of the ICC, Jasmine Vreugdenburg, Richard Turner and UniSA Pro Vice Chancellor, Business and Law, Marie Wilson.

One of Australia’s most successful business innovators is coming to the region as part of his new role with the University of South Australia.

Founder of four highly successful startup companies, including the green energy company ZEN Energy and 2010 Australian Entrepreneur of the Year - Richard Turner - has joined UniSA as Industry Professor of Practice and Entrepreneur in Residence of the regional and metro Innovation & Collaboration Centre (ICC).

Prof Turner will be in the region from Tuesday 17/12 – Friday 20/12 to speak to community leaders and businesses about the support that UniSA is able to provide to the many businesses in the region, whether that be at idea stage, startup, scaleup or more advanced.

“There are so many emerging sectors that will be incredibly important to the state’s future prosperity that will be centred around the Eyre Peninsula including renewable energy, space, manufacturing and agtech,” he says.

“I will be heavily involved with the regional Innovation & Collaboration Centre based at the Whyalla campus and together with the brilliant resources and workspace available at the ICC, we can support and foster collaboration.

“I want to see startups, scaleups and spin out businesses all working together to create a buzz and a thriving new industrial heartland. Regional Australia has fielded some of the nation’s greatest innovators and we want to make sure we are supporting enterprising business creators in regional South Australia.”

The Innovation & Collaboration Centre gives entrepreneurs and those with early-stage ideas, a place to grow and receive support and the tools they need to build a successful startup. The ICC is a community of likeminded people whose shared experience of successes and failures benefits everyone.

The ICC offers free workspace, events, workshops and support programs like Venture Catalyst.  

As UniSA’s Entrepreneur in Residence Prof Turner will contribute to programs like Venture Catalyst, which is a six-month program of support for those with an idea who think it might work as a business.

The program is offered at both the regional and metro Innovation & Collaboration Centres and provides tailored workshops, one-on-one mentoring, workspace, a network of expert advisors as well as the knowledge, experience and support of the University of South Australia.

Two local companies are already participating in the program with availability for more to join. For more information, contact ICC Community Lead Denni Russell on 0431 233 679 or

Media contact: Georgia Minarelli email: phone: 8302 7620 mobile: 0413 314 726


Regional ICC campus at Whyalla

UniSA Whyalla campus

South Australian Government

University of South Australia