Italian national Simone Berliat was on Thursday 14 February, announced by David Pisoni – Australia’s Industry Minister – as the very first receiver of the government-backed entrepreneur visa. Entrepreneur visa, a new three-year visa, is one of Australia’s pilot programs which is being trialed in South Australia.
A fund of $400,000 was released last November when the government of South Australia launched the trial program.
The visa recipient, Berliat, is to develop an “agritourism” business in conjunction with the Moonshine Lab, an Adelaide-based technology start-up. The business developed is to serve as a link between tourists and food producers offering accommodation packages.
This model allows interested tourists to volunteer either at a winery or farm with the aim of acquiring knowledge and hands-on experience about the food and wine industry.
Agriculture Tourism Businesses
Berliat, who is on a student visa and reside in South Australia, revealed that agriculture tourism businesses were yet to feature on the global marketplace. Hence he aims to develop a platform that is both digital and physical for this business with the goal of helping agritourism businesses get customers and suppliers easily.
When he came into Australia, Berliat had the privilege of understudying the best wine producers in the country and with short time left on his student visa, he planned to return to Europe with the hope of starting the business.
Now that he has been granted entrepreneur visa, he intends to launch a website as well as a phone app that allows customers to search for agritourism businesses easily. He is also looking for a way to help producers incorporate agritourism into their businesses.
30 people who want to develop their business ideas in South Australia will be beneficiaries of the entrepreneur visa this year and 300 more will granted between 2020 and 2022.
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