Premier’s Innovation and Investment Reception
Over 200 guests attended the inaugural Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Reception, where the theme ‘Preparing Queensland for future innovations’ was the focus of the evening.
Held at Parliament House on Wednesday 11 November, the reception connected local start-ups, investors, researchers and Members of Parliament, and gave them the opportunity to be a part of the Advance Queensland innovation movement. Attendees discussed projects, canvassed potential collaborations and shared ideas on how Queensland can be at the forefront of innovation and capitalise on the opportunities it presents.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk outlined how Advance Queensland was at the heart of her government’s agenda and how its focus on harnessing innovation, ingenuity and creativity would create a new economy for Queensland and take the state further, faster.
The Premier also launched the Made for innovation campaign and the Advance Queensland navigator, and encouraged the audience to be a part of the collective and showcase their ideas.
Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Science and Innovation and MC for the evening, acknowledged the benefits of embracing change. She also thanked the start-up community for their feedback and support during the co-design process of the start-up funding stream within Advance Queensland.
The event also featured two members of the Advance Queensland expert panel, Wayne Gerard and Professor Frank Gannon who presented on the themes of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Wayne Gerard of RedEye Apps spoke on the importance of creating and supporting a startup ecosystem, calling on the audience to encourage a ‘give before you get’ culture.
Professor Frank Gannon, Director and CEO of QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, challenged Queensland universities and researchers to do research with consequences, encouraging researchers to translate breakthroughs on the laboratory bench into business ideas, which can then lead to drugs and treatments at the bedside—a bench to business to bedside approach.
With so many passionate and enthusiastic innovators at the reception, the event was an encouraging start to building an innovation movement in Queensland.
Hear what start-ups and investors had to say on the night.