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Our Beginning

Program WiRE is the only all in one package of process, guidance and help that enables would be women entrepreneurs in rural, regional and remote Queensland to create profitable ventures.

What makes Program WiRE so unique. It is offered through a university -industry partnership and funded by the Australian Federal Government. It condenses the overwhelming and complexity of entrepreneurial activity of venture building into ONE system of processes, tools and guidance that works. The various components of the program guides you systematically through your venture building process.

the Program WiRE took root in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia a couple of years ago when The sity of Southern Queensland was hosting an impactful capacity building program for women entrepreneurs from Pakistan. At that time, program leader Retha Wiesner discussed her desire to offer an integrated entrepreneurship program to regional, rural and remote (RRR) Australian women, with the former Chair of QRRRWN Board, Georgie Somerset. The idea was born but despite tremendous funding success in the international arena to develop women entrepreneurs in countries such as Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, it was not until 2017 that the project team secured Federal Government funding (Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grant scheme) to deliver an integrated entrepreneurship capacity building and research program to RRR women in Queensland.    

 
“A successful venture is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.”
 
 

Program WiRE comprises three interconnected phases: Phase 1 entails a baseline survey and case studies to inform the program and to showcase successful women entrepreneurs. Phase 2: consists of 8 projects, including (1) Regional Innovation Popups throughout RRR venues in Queensland; (2) an international/rural/urban connections forum; (3) building; (3) a series of entrepreneurship webinars; (4) residential "Startup Weekend style events; (5) mentoring and peer learning digital hubs; (6) online entrepreneurship workshops; (7) an individualised coaching program for WiRE; and a scenario planning workshops with partners and key stakeholders in RRR Queensland to create future strategies for the sustainability of the program. Phase 3 comprises program and impact evaluation and dissemination of outcomes.   

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Three essentials in growing your venture

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote entrepreneurship through enhancing individual and enterprise awareness, participation, skills, competencies and capacity, building support networks, facilitating mentorship, sharing knowledge, growing resilient communities and creating sustainable change in the Queensland Region through delivering an integrated program co-created by RRR women, consisting of multiple capacity building activities. 

 

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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.

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Get Involved

If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.

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