It has been great to see Queensland startups, and the Queensland startup space more generally, doing so well in recent times.
This month we saw Vygo - a Queensland founded, peer-to-peer mentoring startup - commit $100k to student mentor training in the form of a new platform aimed to help Australian universities ensure their international and domestic students succeed. You can find out more here and read its story here.
History was made at the 2019 Telstra Australian Business Awards with the winner of the Social Change Maker category also named as Business of the Year. Dignity - which took out the award - is a homeless shelter and not-for-profit organisation striving to end homelessness in Australia by empowering people who are experiencing homelessness, or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Leanne Kemp took to Twitter to congratulate Dignity on its win, and you can see what she had to say here.
In another Australian first, the Palaszczuk Government announced they will be building a $14.5 million commercial drone flight testing facility at Cloncurry Airport, bringing high-technology industry and more jobs to north-west Queensland.
On an international platform, Rhys Pirie - a waste glass researcher - was the first Australian to win Young Innovator of the Year at the world’s premier conference for research and innovation, Falling Walls Conference in Berlin. We couldn’t be more proud of the University of Queensland PhD candidate and his achievement. Read more about Rhys’ win here.
Microba - which provides world-leading metagenomic sequencing technology - also attended the Falling Walls Conference and represented Brisbane in the international pitching competition. You can find out more about its international experience here.
Brisbane startup Clipchamp - which helps everyone become a creator with its free video editor, compressor, convertor and webcam recorder - has also been featured in the news nationally and around the world as it scales up. ClipChamp has recently announced a new partnership with Dropbox.
Both Microba and Clipchamp sat down with OQCE and shared their stories.