Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur
The Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur (OQCE) is led by the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, Mark Sowerby, and is an Australian first. It plays a vital role in building and promoting the importance and contribution of entrepreneurship and investment in Queensland.
The goals of the OQCE are to:
- encourage Queenslanders to become entrepreneurs
- showcase Queensland startup and entrepreneurial talent to local, national and international audiences
- connect with rural and remote Queensland to encourage entrepreneurship throughout the state
- stimulate and attract local, national and international investment and venture capital to Queensland.
The Queensland Chief Entrepreneur holds this role for 12 months.
Mark started as the inaugural Queensland Chief Entrepreneur in October 2016.
In this role he will establish the office and work closely with our entrepreneurs, business leaders, industry, government and location national and international investors. Mark will help cement Queensland's reputation as the startup state by learning about the challenges and opportunities faced by startups and entrepreneurs in Queensland.
Mark will be involved in helping budding and existing entrepreneurs access the Advance Queensland initiatives, mentors and events.
Mark Sowerby is the Founder of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited, an ASX listed (ASX: BLA) alternative asset manager which invests across private equity, venture capital, private real estate, water, infrastructure, hedge funds and agriculture.
Ten years after starting Blue Sky, Mark handed the business over to the team to spend more time with his family, and to help with projects with a positive social impact.
In March 2016, Blue Sky was admitted to the ASX 300 index as one of Australia’s top 300 listed companies with investment returns of 16.7% compounding.
In 2015, Mark received the University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award, was recognized as Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Queensland (listed), and completed a successful crossing of the English Channel. He also serves on the Board of the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Racing Queensland.
Mark is originally from Warren in western NSW. He studied Agricultural Science at the University of Queensland and completed a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment through the Securities Institute of Australia, and a Masters of Business Administration (UQ).