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Western 4.0 – Launch Pad SMEs

Western 4.0 addresses the contemporary Australian industry development issues by providing a cohesive industry network based on driving industry growth and development through innovation and job creation-based support activities.

What is Western 4.0?

  • Networking of SMEs in the Advanced manufacturing sector for Western Sydney.
  • Development of advanced manufacturing and exploring R&D projects in the SME space. 
  • Education and Training opportunities. 

Our Programs & Events


Throughout the year we run programs and events tailored for the Western 4.0 group. 

Western 4.0 Network

Western 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Network

Launch Pad works closely with the Western 4.0 community in connecting them with Western Sydney University to expand the scope for their R&D projects. This opens both student and researcher talent from the university to work with an SME on their projects. A large range of Western Sydney companies have already been connected with SMEs this year, with many more currently in the pipeline.

This network is currently available to Launch Pad Premium Members. If you're a member and would like to know more, please express your interest below.

Booster Program

Breaking through gravity

Focus: Scale Up Accelerator
Delivery: 12 Weeks Part Time
Timing: August to October 2022
Entry Criteria: MVP

The focus of this program is helping startups accelerate towards and beyond product market fit and increase traction. Focus areas include growth hacking, go to market and pricing strategies, capital raising and team building. Participants in the program should benefit through an increase in one or more traction measures (customers, revenue, adoption).

Come along to our information sessions to get all the details and information you need about our Ignition Accelerator Program. This is an excellent opportunity to meet our Entrepreneurs in Residence and alumni, and learn more about the program.

Our first round of offers will be made on 10 Dec 2021 so make sure you apply early to increase your chances for early offers.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 2nd February

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Location: Virtual Event

Meet The Team

Meet the team behind Western 4.0 at Launch Pad

Don Wright

Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

John Scilly

Smart Manufacturing Coordinator

Inu Rana

Senior Business Advisor

Our Ignition Program Curriculum

Week 1

Flight Plan

Set up a plan for success.

Week 2

Value Proposition I

Understanding customer personas

Week 3

Business Models I

Business planning through a lean canvas

Week 4

Problem Validation I

Figuring out whether your problem is worth solving

Week 5

Customer Interviews I

Conducting customer interviews

Week 6


Experiments and Business Models

Week 7

Customer Interviews II

Translating data into action

Week 8

Prototyping I

Wire-framing and prototyping

Week 9

Prototyping II

Refining your prototype

Week 10

Solution Validation I

Showing your prototype to customers for feedback

Week 11

Solution Validation II

Business planning through a lean canvas

Week 12

Intro to Software Development

Developing a build plan

Some Feedback

Hear from our 2021 cohort


Where we are located

  • Werrington

    Werrington Park Corporate Centre

    Suite 12, 14 Great Western Highway, Werrington NSW 2747

    Access to private office space, as well as manufacturing spaces on the Kingswood campus – Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and Makerspace.

  • Parramatta

    Parramatta Engineering Innovation Hub

    Level 1, 6 Hassall St, Parramatta NSW 2150

    Access to Makerspace facilities at Western Sydney University's 'world-class Engineering Innovation Hub'.

  • Bankstown

    Bankstown City Campus

    A brand new Factory of the Future coming soon in 2022!