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A new dedicated digital innovation hub is now open at Federation University’s Flecknoe Building, providing a space for entrepreneurs, startups, technology specialists and researchers to collaborate within a single space.

The new space, Runway Ballarat, is to foster entrepreneurship, digital service and product development and support the commercialisation of new innovative products. The hub features a fabrication laboratory that will allow the manufacture of prototypes.

The hub, funded with $4.3 million from the Victorian government, was launched this week.

The opening of the hub was also accompanied by the launch of the Ballarat Runway Accelerator Program. Runway’s accelerator program nurtures regional start-ups and entrepreneurs and has already guided 47 people through its Geelong program.

State innovation and digital economy minister Philip Dalidakis said that the government was investing in a sector that will help the Victorian economy diversify and remain competitive in the future.

We are excited to partner with Federation University and Runway to deliver this project, which cements Ballarat as Australia’s leading regional centre for digital industries,

Dalidakis said.

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