Global Opportunity for Regional Innovators

Posted: 13th Dec

Regional businesses are invited to join Queensland’s crusade to keep pace with global innovation and technology.

The Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) is facilitating the opportunity for 10 businesses or individuals from across the Fitzroy region to participate in QODE 2020 in Brisbane on 24 and 25 March next year.

QODE is Queensland's largest innovation and technology festival for entrepreneurs, technologists, inventors, investors, business executives, researchers, and government.

CHDC Regional Innovation and Development Coordinator Matt McIntyre calls it a golden opportunity for cutting-edge local operators to get ahead of the curve.

“At the QODE earlier this year, our Fitzroy representatives were able to drastically expand their knowledge on global technology and trends, and connect with new entrepreneurs, established corporates and venture capitalists from across Australia and overseas,” he says.

“Further to that, injecting an impressive contingent of regionally-based businesses into QODE serves to build awareness of our region and its capacity and passion for innovation.”

The package for successful applicants includes a full-access ticket to attend QODE, a travel and accommodation subsidy, and exhibit space as part of the Fitzroy region’s delegation within the Regional Innovation Showcase.

Applications are open at until 5:00pm, 5 February 2020.

Feedback from the 2019 Fitzroy contingent was overwhelmingly positive.

“Having all that innovation and opportunity in one room ensured that we could cover in two days what would normally take us months,” Economx’s Ben Hughes says.

“QODE enables regional start-ups to connect with people and organisations they would otherwise never encounter in their communities,” Igloo’s Jeremy Hastings says.

Support to get Fitzroy businesses and individuals to the two-day event is sponsored by Advance Queensland and the Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development. CHDC is delivering the initiative as part of Advance Queensland’s Advancing Regional Innovation Program.

“We’re looking for applicants who represent the best of our region – innovative businesses and entrepreneurial individuals who are motivated and passionate about challenging convention and driving forward creativity,” Mr McIntyre says.

“Indigenous-operated businesses and female founders are strongly encouraged to apply.”

There were more than 2800 attendees at QODE (pronounced ‘code’) 2019. The festival is organised by the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council and includes keynote presentations from global speakers, technical demonstrations, and pitching, mentoring and networking sessions.

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  • Download a short video clip of QODE 2019’s Fitzroy delegation here or watch it on CHDC’s YouTube channel here.

Applications are open for Fitzroy businesses and individuals to participate in QODE 2020.