About Us

The Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur is an Advance Queensland initiative funded by the Queensland Government and driven by the state’s entrepreneurial community.

Our mission

Our goal is to cement Queensland’s reputation as Australia’s #startupstate with the talent, community, outcomes and deal flow to prove it.

Our office is the first of its kind in Australia, and is led by chief entrepreneur Stephen Baxter. 

We aim to:

  • support the development of Queensland’s startup ecosystem by working with incubators, accelerators and coworking spaces
  • connect with regional and remote Queensland to encourage and foster state-wide entrepreneurship
  • showcase Queensland startup and entrepreneurial talent to local, national and international audiences
  • stimulate and attract local, national and international investment and venture capital to Queensland
  • support local entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses across the state by connecting them with the right opportunities, people, places and spaces to help them grow, scale and create jobs.

Our logo


Creative Townsville-born entrepreneur Scott Rogers won the state-wide competition to create the logo for the Office. It is a fresh and bold design that places entrepreneurship at the heart of Queensland.

A mentor to entrepreneurs and an investor in Australian and US tech startups, Scott is a regular at Queensland startup community events such as Innovation NQ.

“I’m closely involved with Queensland’s startup ecosystem. When I saw the competition I thought of it as a bit of an artistic challenge and decided to give it a go.

"I designed a bold, simple logo and kept the letter ‘e’ clearly visible in the centre of the design because I personally think entrepreneurial activity should be at the centre of the Queensland economy.” - Scott Roger

Meet our team

Stephen Baxter
Queensland Chief Entrepreneur

Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter is a proud Queenslander, born in the remote town of Cloncurry and raised in Emerald in the State’s central highlands. He left school at 15 and joined the Army, enlisting in its apprenticeship program. There, he became a technician working in the field of electronics, telecoms and guided weapon systems.

In 1994, at the age of 23, Steve put his life savings of $11,000 on the line to launch his first startup, the pioneering internet service provider SE Net, from the spare room of his Adelaide home. Servicing more than 35,000 customers, SE Net was eventually acquired by Ozemail/UUNet under the stewardship of its founding Director and now Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

In 2001, Steve teamed with a schoolmate to launch his second startup, PIPE Networks, a provider of wholesale telecoms infrastructure that was listed on the ASX in 2005. Eight years later they sold it to the TPG Group for $373 million.

Steve spent a year working with Google in California in 2008, leading a project to deliver high-speed telecommunications systems across North America.

Since 2010 he has become a major early stage investor in startups leading to the founding of Brisbane tech startup hub River City Labs, foundered and underwrote the Startup Catalyst and River Pitch programs; he has been on the listed boards of Vocus Telecoms, Indoor Skydive Australia Group and OtherLevels as well as being on the board of Commercialisation Australia.  

Steve has been heavily involved in the early days or founding of numerous industry groups and forums such as the South Australian Internet Association, South Australian Internet Exchange, Australian Domain Name Authority, AuDA, INTIAA, IIA, AusBone and AusNOG.

Steve has been a 'Shark' on Channel 10's Shark Tank program for the past three seasons.

In 2006 Steve received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Northern Region. In 2016, Steve received the Pearcey Medal for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of distinguished lifetime achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the Information and Communications Technology Industry.

Steve is married and the proud father of a 4-year-old daughter as well as twin baby girls and is a keen private pilot and recreational fisherman.

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Steven Wilson

Chief Operating Officer

Steven Wilson

Rachel Oudyn

Principal Communication

Rachel Oudyn

Chad Renando

Ecosystem Measurement

Chad Renando