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Myriad Festival to attract $10 billion worth of investors

The Myriad Festival will see Queensland entrepreneurs put in contact with investors and venture capitalists from around the world.

This year, international investors representing approximately ten billion dollars in funds under management, will be coming here looking for opportunities in Queensland during the festival.

One of the investors include shining star of Silicon Valley, Jonathan Teo, whose investments have helped social media platforms including Snapchat and Instagram grow. Venture Capitalists, like Jonathan, are coming to Myriad to find those companies, products and ideas on the verge of becoming the next big thing.

This will be a wonderful opportunity for regional Queensland entrepreneurs and startups to secure investment, and grow their interests.

One of Australia’s up and coming voices on innovation, Nicola Hazell will also be at Myriad, along with big name venture capitalists from Silicon Valley including Yiying Lu, from 500 Startups who has invested in over 1600 companies in more than 60 countries.

The sequel to last year’s hugely successful Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit, Myriad will be held from March 29 to March 31 at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

127 regional delegates will attend Myriad – Far North Queensland (22); North Queensland (6); Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday (10); Fitzroy (9); Outback Queensland (9); Wide Bay Burnett (3); Darling Downs and Maranoa (15); Sunshine Coast (11); Moreton Bay (9); Ipswich and West Moreton (13); Redlands and Logan (10); and the Gold Coast (10).

Check is all out here.


Incubator Support Initiative

The Incubator Support initiative assists New and Existing Incubators to:

  • improve the prospects of Australian start-ups achieving commercial success in international markets
  • assist Australian start-ups by delivering a range of activities to develop the capabilities required to realise their economic potential in international markets faster than they otherwise would; and
  • develop Australia’s innovation ecosystem including in Australian regions.

The initiative provides funding through two components, both of which require matched funding from applicants.

The first is support for New and Existing Incubators:

  • to help develop new Incubators in regions or sectors with high potential for success in international trade, and
  • to boost the effectiveness of high performing Incubators, including funding support to expand their services and/or develop the innovation ecosystem.

The second is support for Expert-in-Residence:

  • to organise and provide access to top quality research, managerial and technical talent through secondments of national or international expert advisers who will improve the chance of commercial success for start-ups in international markets.

For all the details click here.

Smart Cities and Suburbs Program now open

The Australian Government has announced $50 million competitive Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. The program will support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges. The program encourages eligible organisations – local governments, private companies, research organisations and not for profit bodies – to deliver collaborative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns.

The program involves two components:

  • A granting component which opened for applications on 17 March and will close on 30 June 2017. For more information click here
  • An incubation package which is open for registrations here.

Future Ready – building smart cities know how

Future Ready is a smart cities incubator series that sits alongside the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

The intent is to help local governments prepare for smart city transformations through learning, collaboration and ideas generation.

Future Ready brings together national and international experts, researchers, service and technology providers, governments, social enterprises, community leaders, start-ups and innovators to share knowledge, grow ideas and stimulate innovation.

Real-life examples, stories of success and failure and practical advice are used to give participants a deeper understanding of and insight into how to create a smart city.

Running between May and September 2017, Future Ready will provide each participant with a unique experience: the series is designed to be flexible so individuals can tailor their involvement to their needs.

Future Ready has been developed for local government leaders but is open to all comers, including organisations developing proposals for the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

Registrations are now open and close 21 April 2017. You can sign-up by taking the entry survey here.

Graeme Acton Beef Connections Mentoring Program

The Graeme Acton Beef Connections, run in conjunction with Beef Australia and proudly supported by Westpac Agribusiness, are now calling for applicants from all over Australia to join the successful mentoring program.

Beef Australia has created an opportunity to develop the future of the industry with a program designed to enable young people to maximise their potential in their chosen sector of the beef industry. The Graeme Acton Beef Connections Mentoring Program allows participants to develop their industry leadership skills, while giving them the opportunity to have a mentor to help them achieve their project expectations while also participating in Beef Australia 2018.

Successful applicants will develop their skills through the design, development and implementation of a project that will be beneficial to the growth of the individual in their personal and professional role in the beef industry and to the Australian Beef sector.

Visit for information and application forms, or phone 4922 2989


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