Real World Futures

There's opportunities over them thar hills

Date: 22 May 2018

The opportunities for startups and tech entrepreneurship extend well beyond the inner cities where their presence is dominant

Indeed, startup culture and entrepreneurship is increasingly welcome in regional centres that are both looking to diversify their economies and to develop new ways to add value to existing primary industries.

The next Real World Conversation on Tuesday May 22 will look at how to spread the benefits and seize the opportunities of the startup culture outside of major cities.

As regional employment and the city/country divide becomes a bigger concern in Australia, this is emerging as an important issue. The question is whether technology can narrow the gap or widens it.

Crossing the Entrepreneurship Divide will feature a panel of three entrepreneurs, led in discussion by Real World Futures regular moderator (and entrepreneur) Danielle Duell.

The panel is:

Alan Jones, entrepreneur-in-residence for KPMG and QUT Creative Enterprise Australia. Alan is a seasoned tech entrepreneur and a fervent advocate for the role tech startups can play in regional centres;

Duncan Brown, director of Brisbane Valley Protein, which is applying startup principles to intensify land use on its holdings near Coominya in the Brisbane Valley. BVP is on the verge of developing an export quail industry with an Asian market in sight and is creating its own startup precinct in the Brisbane Valley.

Joy Taylor, co-founder and community manager of Canvas Coworking Space in Toowoomba, the centre of gravity for 60 starters working in Queensland's largest inland city. Joy is also a co-founder of WiRE (Women in Rural, Regional and Remote Enterprises).

QUT is putting increased focus on regional innovation and entrepreneurship. It was central to   the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp hosted at the university in February.

Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur, Steve Baxter, has also committed to spending more time in the state’s regional centres.

Entrepreneurship and innovation have been at the heart of regional Australia. Agricultural innovation created an early wave of entrepreneurs.

The more recent tech entrepreneurship boom has seen more attention focussed on the cities which have communities and support for high-speed startups.

But what are the opportunities in regional Australia, given its proximity to fastgrowing markets for protein and its mineral exports? And how can you take advantage of them?

This forum will be the opportunity to learn more, then do more and meet with others of shared interest in technology, entrepreneurship and the future of work.

Bookings are now open.  Register here 



22 May 2018
7am for 7.15 start - 9 am
QUT Gardens Point campus
Gardens Theatre Foyer
Kathy McCabe

Content sourced from QUT News Web Service.


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