COSBOA is reaching out to find small businesses in close proximity to Parramatta interested in participating in an innovation challenge scheduled next week (Thursday, 26 September 2019).


Paddl Co., one of COSBOA's partners, has partnered with Western Sydney University for the Western Paddl Games series which COSBOA is proud to support. An innovation challenge at the Western Sydney University will provide an opportunity for small businesses interested in growing their business to test ideas and generate solutions with high performing tertiary students.


The innovation challenge will involve 10 teams each comprising a small business, 6-7 tertiary students and theme specialists who will identify a problem or challenge faced by the small businesses and work together to identify a solution(s). This challenge brings businesses together with emerging talent and will provide a unique experience designed to create a real workplace experience for emerging talent and facilitate innovative solutions for businesses. The event is free to participants and there are prizes on offer for the winning teams. Further information on the event is provided in the attached business brief and flyer.




Event Details

Date/Time: Thursday, 26th September 2019, 8.00am - 6.30pm

Location: Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Campus

Theme: How might Westpac assist you to overcome inhibitors to growth in your business?


Here is a quick video reel from our last Challenge at WSU with EnergyAustralia.












The website for further information is


A few quotes from other Western Sydney businesses who participated in the earlier event:


"The event was very well organised yesterday and we had loads of fun interacting with the Students. The team I had were brilliant and it is good to see the type of talent presented by WSU. I really enjoyed the event and would love to attend again next time around. It was a great idea to provide that exposure to student who can then move forward in their career with that exposure." - Sarang Vengurlekar, CEO, Future IQ


"I was so pleasantly surprised that [my team] took me along on a path I hadn’t expected. Once they got their juices going they were just phenomenal" - Nic Moulis, Director, Endeavour Group


"Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun, and I was amazed when I heard we won 2nd place. I learned a lot! I liked hearing about all the other businesses, and was very appreciative of the help from Hattie and Lyn, our support people. I also learned a lot from seeing innovation and team work in action." - Noeline Cassettari, Owner, Kindifarm


Businesses interested in participating can contact Caitlin Periera at Paddl Co on 03 9514 3000.