A collaborative pilot project between University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and QRRRWN to scope, develop and trial an initial framework for a “Women in Rural Enterprises” (WiRE) Hub. The purpose of the hub is to develop and build the skills, competencies and capabilities of rural women. The pilot will help develop practical entrepreneurial approaches and be used to inform future research and practice in entrepreneurship capacity and leadership development across Australian rural and regional areas. These hubs would foster entrepreneurship/business skills, competency development, knowledge sharing, mentoring and make use of efficient, productive and value-adding entrepreneurial strategies.
The strategic partnership between USQ and the QRRRWN is a core attribute of the research ensuring strong engagement of potential end-users. Practical benefits from this research will be achieved through grounded empirical research informing the development of best practice frameworks and associated WiRE acceleration tools for wide application in Queensland and Australia.
“It’s all about expanding and empowering a community of women who are passionate about being entrepreneurial in rural, regional and remote settings, making real difference to regional economies and communities. A successful venture is not a fairy tale. All you need is a seed and the right fertiliser.”