Queensland Connects: Cohort 3

Bringing together key innovation ecosystem leaders to solve a regional challenge or unlock a key sectoral or regional opportunity that will help connect and grow the sector or region.

  • Cohort 3 is now open.
  • Applications close 10 am Monday 29 August 2022.

About the program

Queensland Connects is a regional entrepreneurship acceleration program that supports regional leaders to develop a detailed understanding of the strengths of their region or sector. The aim of the program is to educate and allow leaders to:

  • Identify local solutions which strengthen their region/sector’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem
  • Implement initiatives which build connections across the region or sector’s innovation ecosystem
  • Accelerate economic growth and job creation through innovation-driven entrepreneurship

The program aims to solve a regional/industry challenge (their ‘must win battle’) or unlock key regional opportunities that will help connect and grow the region or sector. The program brings together teams of key regional innovation ecosystem leaders, including:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Corporate representatives and enterprises
  • Universities and research institutes
  • Government
  • Investors and/or risk capital representatives

To help develop strategies and initiatives to help solve their challenge or unlock key regional opporunities, each team will work with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and will leverage the internationally regarded Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program framework and resources.

Queensland Connects: Cohort 3 is part of the Queensland Government’s $5 million Advance Queensland Regional Futures initiative.

Program structure and timeframes

The program is structured around three interactive, two-day intensive workshops:

  • Workshop 1: 30 November - 1 December 2022.
  • Workshop 2: 9 - 10 May 2023.
  • Workshop 3: 1 - 2 August 2023.

During the workshops, each successful team will work directly with QUT and other regional teams to gain feedback and support.

Input from MIT faculty members will provide a global perspective to the program. This will assist in gaining a deeper understanding of economic development around the world and from learnings across the broader MIT REAP community.

Between workshops, each Cohort 3 team can leverage coaching to help them develop their strategy and activities in their region and to help solve their challenge or seize their opportunity to connect and grow their region or sector.

Key documents

Information session

Attend our free online information session to find out more about the Queensland Connects program and ask questions to help you prepare for your application.

Presenters include:

  • Associate Professor Glen Murphy, Entrepreneurship, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Char-Lee Moyle, Senior Research Fellow, School of Management, Queensland University of Technology
  • Jacqueline Steel, Director Regional Engagement, Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport (Advance Queensland)
  • Helen Burrell, Regional Lead, Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport (Advance Queensland)

More information

Read about Cohort 2 or watch these videos to learn about the experience of the Cohort 1 teams:

Read the Queensland Connects Report for useful background on Queensland’s experience as part of the MIT REAP program.

Learn more about the MIT REAP approach

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