Ignite Norfolk 2019

Ignite Norfolk Island 2019 is an exciting and inspirational upcoming event presented by Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island. The event is scheduled to run from 18 – 22 November and will include engaging workshops, inspirational speakers, networking events and a pitch fest to celebrate the success of the recently completed tourism incubator.

Mentors and speakers from different industries and backgrounds will be sharing their knowledge and expertise in several public workshops that promise to be inspiring and engaging. Topics will include branding, customer service and tourism opportunities.

Speakers include Kris Abbey, Scott Pearse and Donna Carrier. Interviews and biographies will be released through our media channels as we move towards the launch of the event.

Ignite Norfolk 2019 will culminate in a celebration of the first Norfolk Island Tourism Incubator participants. The participants will showcase their business in a ‘pitch fest’ which will be held at Ferny Lane Theatre from 5pm on Thursday 21 November. This is strictly a ticketed event (tickets available via

Director of RDAMNC and RDA Norfolk Island, Kerry Grace will be on island for the event and is excited with the success of the tourism incubator.

“RDAMNC created the tourism incubator specifically to meet the needs of the on-island business community. Using a ‘just in time’ learning approach the participants worked alongside a range of mentors to help work on through their business ideas”

Workshops for the incubator began in March and mentors presented workshops on island, ranging in topic from marketing to business planning. Whilst the incubator was a new and innovative approach both the participants and mentors have spoken highly of the experience.

“I’m so proud of all of the participants and absolutely delighted to see their businesses flourish through learning, working together and building partnerships on the mainland and further afield and look forward to seeing everyone at Ignite Norfolk 2019” said Ms Grace

Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast and Regional Development Australia Norfolk Island would like to thank our project manager, Elise McCaskie for her hard work as well as Duncan Evans, Rose Evans and Heather Bruce for supporting the program throughout. We also thank Eric Hutchinson for enabling the opportunity to innovate and all of the venues who have housed our many events. Most of all we’d like to thank the participants and people on island for their support and participation.

For further information please

Programme for the event can be found at this link : 

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