Building Innovation in the Regions Program


The Building Innovation in the Regions Program is an important way of connecting with local entrepreneurs, innovators, back-yard inventors and people who are interested in how innovation can solve the challenges we face today as a community.

Queensland’s regions have significant diversity and opportunities for innovation – in fact we have the widest regional spread of innovative entrepreneurship in Australia.

During the month of August, Leanne Kemp, Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur will spend three weeks travelling regional Queensland starting in Cairns and finishing in Logan. The Chief Entrepreneur/Advance Queensland Building Innovation in the Regions Program aims to provide education, and advice and inspirational experiences for regional entrepreneurs and innovators of all ages. 

Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, Leanne Kemp, said “this regional program is a great way for me as Chief Entrepreneur to see up close the innovations happening around Queensland. It holds critical importance in building, connecting and delivering grass-roots knowledge, programs and connections across our state. I’m experiencing the ‘realities of the regions’, a kaleidoscopic view of innovation in Queensland – it’s about connecting:  ‘people with a problem with a solution’.  

We are just on the cusp of understanding the economics of communities, where innovation is the fuels in driving the regional economic engines forward. People in the regions are designing the jobs for their own future, and in doing so are creating business to support more jobs."

The program consists of more than 70 dedicated activities running over 21 days in 8 Queensland regions, with an estimated reach of well over 1800 stakeholders in the regional innovation sector.

Towns Leanne will be visiting include:  

Cairns, Wujal Wujal, Yarrabah, Townsville, Mackay, Moranbah, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Agnes Waters, Maryborough, Biggenden, Cherbourg, Gympie, Toowoomba, Ipswich, and Logan.

Leanne will participate in events created in collaboration with regional stakeholders that include workshops, roundtables, fireside chats, networking events, startup events, Town Hall style events, site visits, school and university visits and more.

Updates from the Road:

Monday 5 August, Leanne said “We’ve been on the road for about a week now, and it’s been exciting and energising to meet with, listen to and understand Queensland’s innovation and entrepreneurial community.”