Andrew Outhwaite

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Andrew empowers individuals commercial ventures, and governments to realise their aspirations and benefit whole communities and industries.

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Andrew has received awards for his leadership and contributions including, recently, the WA Regional Innovation and Leadership Award in 2016, and an International Visitors Leadership Program scholarship from the US Government in 2018.

As an adviser, Andrew works with startup incubators on strategies, program design and investment attraction. He also mentors entrepreneurs directly, guiding them to find where they ‘fit’ and most beneficial growth trajectory.

Governments trust his rigorous analysis, influence as a communicator and ability to rapidly build rapport and engage with diverse stakeholders. Andrew led development and implementation of strategies, including:

  • Regional addendum to the State Innovation Strategy,
  • Mid West Innovation Strategy,
  • Durack Sustainability Strategy, and
  • Coastal, Biodiversity, Water and Climate strategies for the City of Greater Geraldton.

Andrew is highly-regarded by peers and wider industry as having intelligence, integrity and good judgement: he was elected Chair of StartupWA and lead their advocacy through a novel and effective affiliate model. He has was also Chair of Learning Tree Community School and a Director of banks, and representative on government committees.

As an entrepreneur Andrew co-founded three influential social enterprises:

  • Meshpoints serving and connecting regional innovation hubs,
  • Pollinators Inc as a nationally-recognised model for growing beneficial innovation in regional communities, and
  • CityHive: WA’s first coworking space in 2011 and now occupying three buildings in Geraldton’s CBD.

He also created or coordinated highly-highly-successful programs including Catalyst pre-accelerator, Spark for social enterprises, and Goodness sustainability festival.