Friday, 11 March, 2016


HRF has been monitoring business innovation in the Hunter as part of its regional research program since 2009.

In 2015 HRF collaborated with the Hunter Founders Forum to undertake a more detailed assessment of current challenges and needs in the innovation, start-up and commercialisation space in the Hunter area. Hunter Founders Forum provides opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators to exchange ideas, knowledge and possibilities with the aim of fostering innovation and investment in the Region.   

This assessment of business innovation in the Hunter has been informed by the following HRF research programs:

  • Hunter Pulse businesses surveys conducted annually since 2009
  • In-depth interviews with 56 Hunter businesses.
  • Hunter Founders Forum online survey with 23 recent start-ups, entrepreneurs, innovators and organisations working in the Hunter innovation space.
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