Advancing Regional Innovation Program

Encourages innovation across Queensland and supports local economies to create jobs for regional Queenslanders.

What's important

  • Twelve Queensland regions have access to a dedicated fund of $500,000 each.
  • Each successful applicant developed a collaborative action plan that outlines a tailored program of activities that responds to the local needs and the stage of development of its community.
  • Activities include mentoring, capability development, and innovation spaces, to connect entrepreneurs with each other and with industry and to coordinate local efforts.
  • To ensure that the program extends across regions, each region must undertake outreach activities to foster innovation across a broader geographic and demographic audience, in at least two locations across the region.


Information detailing the objectives and criteria can be found in the Advancing Regional Innovation Program guidelines.

Successful recipients can be contacted directly to enquire about future opportunities for involvement in activities and events in each region.

Regional Innovation Showcase at Myriad 2018

Startups and innovators from regional Queensland showcased their businesses as part of their region's delegation at The Garage at Myriad 2018.

Applications to be part of the Regional Innovation Showcase have now closed. Find out more about the opportunity and available support for your region.

About the program

Advance Queensland's Advancing Regional Innovation Program aims to turn our regions into hubs for innovation and enterprise. It will enable local entrepreneurs, business leaders and key industries to collaborate closely and with government to harness innovation and unlock business potential, strengthen existing industries and prepare regional Queenslanders for jobs of the future.

The program enables a tailored approach to connecting local efforts, harnessing existing strengths and building regional capability. The intention is to build networks of innovative communities across the state that reflect the diversity of Queensland's regions, draw people together and boost grassroots activities. Information detailing the objectives and criteria can be found in the Advancing Regional Innovation Program guidelines.

Development of the program (formerly known as the Advance Queensland Regional Innovation Hubs Program) was supported by research on the features of successful innovation ecosystems. We partnered with strategy and design company Business Models Inc. and identified five key features for successful ecosystems.

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Read the discussion paper.

Last updated 17 Jul, 2018
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