10 / July / 2018

Govt ramps up support for regional tech startups


Posted 10 July 2018

Tech entrepreneurs in regional Queensland will be given a leg-up as part of a new Palaszczuk Government program announced by Innovation Minister Kate Jones.

Advance Queensland is funding the Startup Onramp Regional Queensland Program which will see hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants awarded to innovators across the state to help them acquire the knowledge, skills and connections they need to grow their tech startups.

“Innovation is all about creating sustainable jobs here in Queensland. This program is designed to help tech entrepreneurs to scale up their startups to employ more people,” she said.

“Regional Queensland is a great source of tech innovation and ingenuity and we want to help showcase that to the world.

“Startups are an important part of our workforce in Queensland. That’s why we’re investing in businesses that show great promise to create sustainable tech jobs in our state.”

The first Startup Onramp pilot program was held in May 2017, before Startup Onramp was officially launched for Brisbane entrepreneurs in April 2018.

The Startup Onramp Regional Program announced today (10 July) sees an expansion of the program to regional Queensland.

Startup Onramp founder Colin Kinner said that massive economic growth can be driven by startups founded in regional Queensland.

“This isn’t just about helping small business; it’s about supporting regional startups that start small but could become the next tech giants and create large numbers of high-value jobs,” Mr Kinner said.

Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur Steve Baxter, who is speaking at the Business Moreton Bay Region Conference Series in August, noted the importance of creating more globally viable tech businesses.

“As I travel around Queensland, I’m seeing some incredible entrepreneurial talent, and the Startup Onramp program will provide skills and importantly, the connections that will help entrepreneurs understand what it means to go global from day one,” he said.

The Startup Onramp Regional Queensland Program, which will be made available to startups across the state over the next three years, is one of a variety of programs available to support regional tech entrepreneurs.

‘Shining a spotlight’ on opportunities

Innovation Minister Kate Jones said Advance Queensland programs are shining a spotlight on the opportunities available in Queensland.

“Some of the best international startups are coming to Queensland through our Hot DesQ program, and are deciding to make it their permanent home,” she said.

“Combined with what we’re doing for our home-grown innovation talent with programs like Startup Onramp, we’re working hard to create an innovation ecosystem that will support jobs growth in Queensland.”

The Startup Onramp Regional Queensland Program and Hot DesQ programs are part of the $650 million Advance Queensland whole-of-government initiative to transform the state’s economy, create knowledge jobs of the future and build Queensland’s reputation as a global innovation and investment destination.

Find out more on the Advance Queensland website.

About Startup Onramp

Startup Onramp is a 12-week training and mentoring program that gives new founders of high-growth startups the skills, advice and networks they need to launch their company.

Registrations for the next Brisbane workshop will open shortly. Pre-register your interest online.