Adopt Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur for a day


Queensland startups will have the chance to spend a full day with Leanne Kemp, Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur, when the popular Adopt-a-Chief program returns for 2020.

The first round of the Adopt-a-Chief program for 2020 is now open to all Queensland-based startups. The successful startup will have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas, solve challenges and plan their next steps with Leanne Kemp at their place of business, wherever that is in Queensland.

Leanne is the Founder and CEO of Everledger, and an internationally recognised leader and innovator in the technology sector. As well as serving as Queensland’s first female Chief Entrepreneur, Leanne sits on boards for the IBM Blockchain Board of Advisors, the World Trade Board, and the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain council. In 2018, Forbes named Leanne one of The World’s Top 50 Women in Tech.

A self-confessed “serial entrepreneur”, Leanne knows all about the highs and lows of starting a business, and has experience starting up, scaling up and running successful companies globally.

The Adopt-a-Chief program, administered by the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur (OQCE), offers startups a chance to leverage Leanne’s experience and connect with her extensive global and domestic networks.

The first three rounds of the Adopt-a-Chief program in 2019 were a huge success, with Queensland startups She Maps, Sobah and Album Registry all benefiting from their time with the Chief Entrepreneur.

“The opportunity to have someone like Leanne Kemp come in and spend time on my business was incredible,” says Album Registry founder Jannah Dryden.

“I was thrilled to be able to sit down with her one-on-one. She’s such an inspiring woman, and the guidance I have received from her and the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur has been exceptional.

“Leanne came in and lit a firecracker under me… it’s a great opportunity for startups to be guided in the right direction and get the help they need to grow and move forward to the next stage.”

The program will have another three rounds in 2020. The first two rounds, for Adopt-a-Chief Days to be held in April and July, will be open to startup businesses, while the third round – for an Adopt-a-Chief Day to be held in October – will be open only to Queensland schools.

Applications for the first round are open now, and will close on 13 March 2020. The winner of the first round will be announced in late March, with the first Adopt-a-Chief Day for the year to be held on 15 April 2020.

Applications are now closed.