Chief Entrepreneur tours regional Queensland to see the state’s brightest innovators in action


Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Leanne Kemp has embarked on a whirlwind regional tour to encourage and inspire local entrepreneurs and innovators of all ages.

Leanne will spend 21 days on the road for the Building Innovation in the Regions Program, taking part in more than 70 events across 16 regional towns and cities.

“This regional program is a great way for me to see the innovations happening around Queensland up close,” she said.

“It holds critical importance in building, connecting and delivering grass-roots knowledge, programs and ideas across our state. I’m experiencing the realities of the regions; a kaleidoscopic view of innovation in Queensland.

“It’s about understanding the economics of communities, where innovation is the fuel driving regional economic engines forward. The people here are designing jobs for their own future, and in doing so are creating business to support more jobs.”

The Building Innovation in the Regions Program will see the prominent tech entrepreneur host town hall meetings and take part in workshops, roundtables, fireside chats, site visits, school and university visits, and networking events.

Leanne is the founder and CEO of leading emerging technology enterprise Everledger. She sits on the IBM Blockchain Board of Advisors, the World Trade Board’s Sustainable Trade Action Group and the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Council, and was named one of the World’s Top 50 Women in Tech by Forbes in 2018.

In her role as the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, an initiative of Advance Queensland, Leanne aims to support and showcase Queensland entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses, and foster state-wide innovation by connecting with regional and remote Queensland.

Queensland has the widest regional spread of innovative entrepreneurship in Australia. More than 60 per cent of Advance Queensland grant recipients are regionally based and 45 per cent of jobs supported by Advance Queensland are through recipients in the regions.

“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,” Leanne said.

The Chief Entrepreneur aims to connect with more than 1800 stakeholders in the regional innovation sector over the course of the Building Innovation in the Regions Program.

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