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Make It Happen makes it happen with win in grants program's Indigenous Business category

Giovanni Torre -

Four regional West Australian businesses collectively received $60,000 in grants on Wednesday evening to help take their projects and businesses further.

Run in partnership with the Regional Australia Institute, the Innovate with NBN Grants Program is part of NBN's commitment to lift the digital capability of Australia.

Among the four recipients, The Cultural Intelligence Project (Make it happen) – Cable Beach WA - won the Indigenous Business Category.

Make It Happen HQ is a "positively charged, innovatively geared" hub for First Nations entrepreneurs.

The organisation currently services Kimberley-based First Nation people and groups with programs to accelerate learning and support development in local Indigenous communities. They primarily support First Nation entrepreneurs "who need doors opened to elevate their success" or expanded learning opportunities to take their work, ideas, and business to the next level.

Founder Adele Peek said: "We support First Nation peoples to realize their entrepreneurial potential and encourage defining entrepreneurship on their own terms."

"This occurs by their being the first national innovation hub that provides physical and professional business support and access to specially designed programs and key partners who have been vetted and are experts in their fields," she said.

"It is not often that First Nations female-owned businesses from regional, remote, and rural areas receive recognition for the challenges they have to overcome in order to participate in the economy. I love working and living in my Country and helping other First Nations entrepreneurs to create independent wealth."

NBN Chief Development Officer (Regional and Remote) Gavin Williams said the winners of Innovate with NBN stretched the length and breadth of regional Australia.

"The amazing level of innovative thinking in the bush is underscored by the breadth of clever ideas submitted by all the entrants," he said.

Regional Australia Institute Chief Executive Officer Liz Ritchie said the Innovate with NBN Grants Program has been highly successful in helping regionally based businesses and individuals "transform their ideas into game-changing innovations".

"In turn, this has helped lift the digital capability of people and businesses across regional Australia," he said.

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