Local entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry are being encouraged to team up to access a $500,000 funding pool from the State Government.
The funding, through the Advance Queensland Advancing Regional Innovation Program, is available to support activities such as:
- upgrading or equipping innovation spaces;
- boosting capability and skills development;
- increasing access to mentors and investors;
- tools and platforms to enable greater collaboration; and
- programs that connect entrepreneurs with each other and with regional businesses and industries.
The Gold Coast is one of 12 regions across the state to each be offered $500,000 over three years from a larger $6 million funding pool.
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Queensland Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said the program would help locals work together to “connect and leverage efforts that spur innovation and create jobs.
“We want this funding to be used to stimulate and link up efforts at a regional level and to encourage greater understanding and collaboration between entrepreneurs, local business leaders and major industries, councils, universities and the community at large,” said the Minister.
To be eligible for the funding, applications must be collaborative and involve a lead applicant and at least five partner applicants. They will need to include an action plan of activities they will provide to meet the needs of the Gold Coast.
Application pre-registration is online and closes at 5pm on Friday 18 November.