In December, ECIC launched the Australian Cluster Observatory at an event in the Barossa Valley attended by the Hon Susan Close, Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation. The Australian Cluster Observatory is an interactive web-based data analytics tool and cluster organisation network platform modelled on European and USA initiatives. It provides business executives, regional and industry [...]

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And last, but not least, the Australian eChallenge officially launches into France in 2015, offering French students an opportunity to launch their entrepreneurial ventures in South Australia. Over a 12 week team period, teams from Universities throughout France are offered help in the form of a series of workshops and the support of a mentor [...]

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In 2015, I am also pleased to welcome the ThincLab, the University’s Business Incubator currently based at Thebarton, into the City to be co-located with the ECIC on North Terrace. This is a fantastic opportunity for students of the University who have great business ideas and are ready to take them to the next stage, [...]

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Following on from the successful South Africa Study Tour in 2015, ECIC plan to expand the Study Tour offerings to include Japan and Europe in 2015. Students will visit the University of Hiroshima on the Japan Study Tour, which will have a focus on Entrepreneurship. Students heading to Europe will go to France (Paris and [...]

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In 2015, we will welcome two new Academic Staff members to the ECIC.
Professor Frank Schultmann comes to us from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. His areas of expertise include project management, complex systems, logistics and supply chain management, construction management, and sustainability.
Dr Scott Gordon will also join the ECIC as a lecturer in Entrepreneurship. [...]

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Work on the Digital Enterprise project has progressed well during 2014. This is a national programme funded by the Australian Government Department of Education. The lead institution is UniSA.
The program is aimed at groups of young people aged 10 to 35 who have Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities. Through challenging and developing their IT [...]

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ECIC had three students graduate with their PhDs in 2014. Well done! These can be viewed at the links below.
Dr Gary Hancock – For love or money?: understanding the dynamics of within-family finance for a start-up enterprise: a phenomenological investigation.
Dr Ronald Grill – Interpreting the emergence and development of high technology electronics industry clusters in [...]

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In July, we welcomed 18 students from Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia. These students are completing a double degree in Master of Applied Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Master of Science in Agro-Industrial Technology. Dr Barry Elsey and ECIC PhD student Amina Omarova have taken a lead role in working with these students in developing their final [...]

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In November, myself, along with Gary Hancock and Diana Lucic led a group of students to South Africa on ECIC’s “Entrepreneurship Experience Study Tour”. We visited Johannesburg, the apartheid museum, Soweto including the Kliptown Youth Program, and the Kruger National Park as part of the tour, and students were really taken outside their comfort zone [...]

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Join us for the next instalment of our Experts In lecture series, featuring a free public lectures by visiting Swedish Academic Dr Göran Lindqvist titled ‘Clusters, Competitiveness and Co-operative Advantage’.
Industry clusters are groups of similar and related firms in a defined geographic area that share common markets, technologies and worker skill needs. The Barossa Valley [...]

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