9 / March / 2018

Moreton Bay startups to benefit from US mission


Posted 9 March 2018

Moreton Bay Region has secured representation on a government-funded Startup Community Leaders mission to the United States, to learn more about the latest trends and best practices for emerging businesses and innovation.

The mission, headed by Advance Queensland, will see 12 delegates from regional areas across the state travel to Denver, Boulder and San Francisco from 11-18 March.

Participants will meet with fellow startup community leaders, including mentors, managers and staff from accelerators, co-working spaces, tech hubs, meetup groups, and other startup support organisations.

Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) Relationship Manager and recently appointed Regional Innovation Coordinator for Advance Queensland’s Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP), Steve Butler, will represent the region on the mission following a state-wide selection process.

“The opportunity to be a part of the Community Leaders Mission to the US is a unique experience to witness first-hand the speed and established culture of the startup ecosystem in these highly influential communities,” Mr Butler said.

“As part of the delegation, we will be exposed to different models and programs that are providing support to startups, all the while building strong global connections,” he said.

With a growing startup and innovation culture in the Moreton Bay Region, Mr Butler plans to implement similar opportunities of support and advice based on the best practices and trends from abroad.

“These insights could then be applied when growing the startup and entrepreneurial culture through my role as Regional Innovation Coordinator with the delivery of ARIP in the Moreton Bay Region.”

MBRIT CEO Shane Newcombe said that there is an increasing number of startup businesses in the Moreton Bay Region, with location being a driving factor.

“Connectivity is a big plus for startups operating in the Moreton Bay Region, which is ideally located between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, and in close proximity to Brisbane domestic and international airports,” Mr Newcombe said.

“We also have a number of local initiatives, such as the Moreton Bay Region Business Excellence and Innovation Awards, which aim to provide a platform for forward-thinking businesses,” he said.

“Representation at Advance Queensland’s Startup Catalyst Community Leaders Mission is yet another way we are looking to drive local business outcomes, and we look forward to applying some of those best practices and strategies as our startup culture continues to go from strength to strength.”

About Startup Catalyst

Startup Catalyst, the facilitator of the Startup Community Leaders Mission, was formed to assist in the cultural transformation of the Australian economy to one that is ‘startup aware’.

Chaired by Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur and Shark Tank judge, Steve Baxter, it takes startups, investors, corporates, tech-savvy youth, and innovation leaders to international startup hotspots including Silicon Valley, Europe, Israel, and Asia.

You can find out more on the official website.