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[Music plays and an image appears of a rear and then facing view of Dr Retha Wiesner]

[Images flash through of dust swirling, a car travelling on a desert, scenes of women in an African village and Dr Retha Wiesner driving and text appears: Dr Retha Wiesner, WiRE Founder]

Dr Retha Wiesner: I grew up in Africa watching amazing strong women and their wonderful roles they play in community development.

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I think that’s probably what started it for me.

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Since then I’ve developed and run programmes in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, to develop the entrepreneurial skill and trying to advance women in their own countries.

[Image changes to show two females in conversation and smiling and then the image changes to show Retha talking to the camera and then in conversation with the two females]

I’ve always received a great response and it’s a great feeling to see the roll-on effect and the difference it makes.

[Image changes to show a female sitting in bushland working on a laptop and then the camera zooms in on her hands on the keyboard and then on her face as she smiles in greeting]

When I moved to Australia 22 years ago, I found that in rural areas we’re facing very similar problems.

[Images move through of Retha sitting next to the female, an aerial view of scrubland, a rear view of Retha at an office desk and Retha in conversation and smiling with two females]

Many women feel unsupported in their entrepreneurial goals and very often fall into stereotypical roles purely because they don’t know how not to.

[Image changes to show Retha talking to the camera and then the image changes to show a female walking along a river bank and collecting a water sample]

I felt with my previous experience I could play a role in changing that.

[Camera zooms up to show the female’s face and then the image changes to show the female looking at the water sample in a plastic beaker]

The WiRE programme was developed to support rural women in their entrepreneurial goals.

[Image swaps between the female talking on the phone near the river and Retha talking on the phone in an office]

We created it with over 300 women in 15 locations throughout Queensland and we also held think tanks to find out how we can best support them.

[Image changes to show Retha standing outside a building talking to the camera and then the image changes to show a female placing a drone down on the ground by the side of a country road]

I won’t run a programme unless it has impact and the WiRE programme was a perfect opportunity to do just that.

[Images flash through of the female controlling the drone in operation, the path of the drone, Retha talking to the camera and the drone in operation again]

The idea was very well received but we found it very difficult to secure funding for this particular programme as opposed to some of the international programmes we were running.

[Image changes to show the female walking towards the drone and then the image changes to show Retha working on a computer]

With a view to develop the programme into the future we applied for the ON Prime programme powered by the CSIRO.

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It’s really helped us to develop our business plan and to determine how we’re going to move forward.

[Images flash through of Retha in various conversations with other females, various females at work in bushland settings and Retha smiling]

We conducted over 100 interviews as part of this programme and it really helped us to look into our enterprise, into our audience and also into our business plan. It really gave us the confidence to take the bull by the horns to find the funding we need.

[Image changes to show a rear view of Retha looking at a tree and then the image changes to show an aerial view looking down on bushland]

Now, there’s nothing holding us back.

[Music plays and text appears: The future is ON, powered by CSIRO, csiro.au/on]

ON Prime – The WiRES experience :  Hear from one of our amazing ON Tribe members, Dr Retha Wiersner from WiRES - who are now making real impact for women in rural communities because of the ON program.

ON, powered by CSIRO

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[Images move through of Dr Larry Marshall talking to the camera, people lining up at a counter, the first person in the line, a hand operating a tablet and Larry talking again and text appears: Dr Larry Marshall, Chief Executive, CSIRO]

Dr Larry Marshall: There’s a gap between Australia’s research and Australian business and ON is a bridge to fill that gap.

[Images flash through of people in conversation, a male walking towards the camera, people walking in front of an ON sign, an audience in an auditorium and Heather Robson talking and text appears: Heather Robson, Grover Scientific]

Heather Robson: So, the programme has taught me a lot about business and things that have brought me outside of my university, definitely outside of my comfort zone.

[Images flash through of people on the stage talking into a microphone and then the image changes to show Mary Webberley talking and Josephine listening and text appears: Josephine Muir & Mary Webberley, Noisy Guts]

Mary Webberley: Definitely changed the way we’re doing our research and what we’re focussing on with our research.

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Joss Kesby: It’s been amazing.

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The mentors and the number of people you can get in contact through the extended network has been amazing.

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Male 1: Exhilarating.

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Female 1: Transformative.

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Male 2: Inspiring.

[Images flash through of Mary talking while Josephine listens and then various groups of people in conversations]

Mary Webberley: They got us excited about taking it all the way we can and getting this product to market.

[Image changes to show technology on a display and then a male using the technology and then the image changes to show Ian Brown talking to the camera and text appears: Ian Brown ON Accelerate Facilitator]

Ian Brown: It’s about having your technology in the hands of the users and actually using it to solve a problem that they have.

[Images move through of people in conversation and then Steve Brodie talking and then people looking at a spinning wheel model and text appears: Steve Brodie, Executive Manager, Innovation, CSIRO]

Steve Brodie: It builds a business model to deliver on that opportunity.

[Images flash through of a side view of the Diffuse Energy model and Rafael Kimberley-Bowen talking to the camera and text appears: Rafael Kimberley-Bowen, Mentor]

Rafael Kimberley-Bowen: They’re really working with ideas that can actually change the world.

[Images flash through of people in conversations and then Phil Morle talking to the camera and text appears: Phil Morle, Main Sequence Ventures]

Phil Morle: Investors need to come because here is where you get introduced to what’s possible when science collides with entrepreneurship.

[Image changes to show Joss Kesby talking to the camera and then images flash through of people laughing and then a group of people posing and waving on the platform beneath a Welcome sign]

Joss Kesby: Look, don’t even think about it. It’s just a fantastic experience and I could not recommend it highly enough.

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Michael Withford
Michael Withford
Macquarie University. ON Accelerate graduate.

ʻʻI have been in senior positions for many years, and it has been my job to motivate and energise other people. This is the first time in two decades someone has energised me.ʼʼ

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