After a fruitful visit to north Queensland, the Building Innovation in the Regions Program turns its focus south


The first leg of the Building Innovation in the Regions Program throughout north Queensland has wrapped up.

Setting out with the aim to provide education, advice and inspirational experiences for regional entrepreneurs and innovators of all ages, Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Leanne Kemp has visited Cairns, Wujal Wujal, Yarrabah, and Townsville.

Leanne packed her days from early morning until well after dark and has attended more than 30 events including round table discussions, networking events, site visits, and meetings with local councils, universities, schools, entrepreneurs, innovators, and Advance Queensland recipients.

Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur said these events and resulting conversations led to some great feedback for how the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur could engage with those within the entrepreneurial community in these areas.

“Some of the big themes discussed so far have included the circular economy, waste management, how innovation can solve the big issues facing our communities, connecting the entrepreneurial community across Queensland from universities, hubs and accelerators to backyard innovators, and bringing together the high levels of innovation currently happening,” Leanne said.

“I’ve also caught up with business owners who have received Advance Queensland funding to hear their experiences and follow their journey as they bring their ideas to market.”

The Building Innovation in the Regions Program now moves from north to central Queensland – currently the Chief is in Mackay, followed by Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Biggenden, Cherbourg, Gympie, Toowoomba, Ipswich, and Logan.

Startups and entrepreneurs wanting to connect with their local Advancing Regional Innovation Program coordinators can do so via