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Read about how Queensland businesses are finding new ways to help others meet COVID-19 challenges.

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GO1 teams up with Microsoft

27 May 2020, 1:42pm

Advance Queensland alumni GO1 have partnered with Microsoft to launch an app for organisations using Microsoft Teams that will give unprecedented access to online learning materials.

Launched in 2015, is a single platform designed to compare the best training options available. Its marketplace features more than 500,000 courses and other learning items created by local and international experts.

This new partnership will give anyone using Teams access one of the world's largest libraries of online learning via the GO1 app, enabling individuals to find, consume, share, and discuss learning resources.

Organisations can tailor the learning resources that are visible in different teams meaning resources are easily accessible and deliver a superior learning experience to staff members.

Remote learning has become vital in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Advance Queensland couldn’t be happier to see some of our former recipients pivot and respond to some of the challenges it has presented.

GO1 are previous recipients of the Ignite Ideas Fund.

Queensland Female Founder Molly Dunkle finds Authentic business alternatives during COVID-19

18 May 2020, 11:21am

Female Founders recipient, Dunkle Authentic is one Queensland business refusing to let the COVID-19 pandemic get in the way of their business operations.

This female-led business which specialises in Australian made, small batch cosmetics, has instead grasped the opportunities the crisis has presented and adjusted their business model to respond to the disruptions to their supply chains.   

Responding to the impact COVID-19 has had on her business, Dunkle Authentic Founder, Molly Dunkle decided to join the Female Founders Impact Mentor Match program.

This program has provided invaluable mentoring support, helping Dunkle Authentic work through the current challenges including, how to source new Australian suppliers to fulfil their cosmetic production and orders.

As a result, the business is now working with several new Australian agricultural and farming producers to trial samples and new products. By increasing their local product sourcing, the business has become less exposed to economic issues which will ensure better support to meet customer orders and expectations.

Find out how Advance Queensland can support your Female Founders journey.

3D printing opens doors - literally

18 May 2020, 11:21am

Closed doors can present a germ-infested problem in times of Covid-19 but with the help of 3D printing, it is one less challenge we may need to face, thanks to the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

With the help of 3D printers, USQ print and design company Ellipsis Media are building hands-free door openers using a design sourced by the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise.

The simple device allows for doors to be opened with an arm instead of an exposed hand, helping reduce the possibility of spreading any viruses by touching door surfaces.

Ellipsis Media have successfully tested the device on doors at USQ and are now are looking to help other businesses with the device.

In addition to the door device, the company have also committed to providing 50 printed face shields to Darling Downs Health after a push by USQ experts and other Toowoomba 3D printing business-owners to make 300 face shields to tackle the state-wide response to COVID-19.

Female Founders offers virtual workshops to support women-led businesses during COVID-19

7 April 2020, 3:51pm

The Female Founders Program is designed to assist women at different stages of their entrepreneurial lifecycle. 

To ensure continued to support for Queensland female entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 crisis, the Female Founders Program has pivoted and created a series of free virtual workshops to continue to work directly with its community.

The upcoming virtual workshops are designed to help female founders navigate their business through these unpredictable times. The following workshops are available:

  • 14 April – Business In Uncertain Times Workshop for South-East Queensland Businesses
  • 21 April – Show Me The Data Workshop for Mackay-based Businesses
  • 30 April – Legals and Intellectual Property Workshop

Visit the Female Founders website for more information.

Queensland-based tech start up creates game-based learning for students

7 April 2020, 3:51pm

Advancing Regional Innovation Program recipients, QuestaGame, have created a free online schools program for students of all ages in the face of COVID-19 school restrictions. 

The QuestaGame For Schools project invites students all over the country to find and upload photographs of local trees, wildlife and insects in a bid to be the highest wildlife “spotter”.
QuestaGame’s program allows students to play and interact with the natural environment while contributing to a greater map of biodiversity, making it an excellent study-from-home science resource.

Starting in April, it’s free, open to students of any age or location, and all that is needed is a phone and the outdoors. 

Visit the Questa Game website for more information.

STEM Punks pivots business model to help STEM education during COVID-19

7 April 2020, 3:51pm

In response to the current impact of COVID-19 on the education sector, Queensland company STEM Punks have pivoted their business model to deliver online classes to children at home.

STEM Punks are an award winning and leading STEM education company on a mission to inspire tomorrow’s innovators. The company teaches online programs, developed by qualified teachers, to children equipping them with skills to enable 21st century learning.

According to STEM Punks, the key to solving real-word challenges and addressing complex world problems is ensuring people have the skills to innovate, design, and creatively solve issues such as energy sustainability and medical advancements – and now, more than ever, Queenslanders need to STEM Education online. 

Visit STEM Punks for more information on their new direction and programs.

Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism offers free counselling to tourism industry

7 April 2020, 3:51pm

Advancing Regional Innovation Program recipients, Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism, are currently extending their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to eligible businesses operating within the region’s tourism industry. 

The EAP provides confidential short-term counselling, at no cost to employers and employees and can be accessed for both professional and personal issues, including financial counselling, with these appointments being available over the phone or online via video.  

Visit the Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism website for more information.

Regional Startup Hubs Support Program recipients innovating to support COVID-19 response

7 April 2020, 3:51pm

In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, two Regional Startup Hubs Support Program recipients are using innovation to respond to the immediate needs of our healthcare sector.

CLS Ability Enterprises Ltd and the Peregian Digital Hub and have temporarily repurposed some of their business operations to help create Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in response to urgent Health sector supply needs.

Bundaberg based company CLS Ability Enterprises Ltd (AT_Makerspace) in the Wide Bay Burnett are building face shields for Health care workers using various designs and materials, including a mask made of ABS and designed by Jabiru Aircrafts.

The Peregian Digital Hub on the Sunshine Coast has temporarily re-tooled as a manufacturing facility to aid in the production of protective equipment for essential workers on the frontline. While the project is well underway with six digital printers already operating, they are still seeking additional equipment to meet production demand. If you can assist in loaning Prusa (brand) 3d printers, contact the hub directly.

Last updated 27 May, 2020
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