Funding boost for Queensland innovators

Start-up hubs across Queensland will receive $1.29 million from the Queensland State Government through its Regional Start-up Hubs Support Program.

Kate Jones, Queensland’s innovation minister, says 20 start-ups across regional Queensland will receive up to $75,000 in funding over three years.

“We want to support start-ups to grow so we can create jobs in regional Queensland. These hubs are vital to turning small businesses into larger businesses,” Jones said.

“We’re investing in these centres to make sure every Queensland start-up, no matter where they are in our state, have access to advice and resources they need to scale up.”

Funding will go toward administration support, networking activities, start-up training weekends, events and education, and skills programs.

“Through our innovation agenda we’ve created more than 15,000 jobs over the last four years,” Jones said. “That’s because we’re investing in innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Marcus McCormick, manager of the Bundaberg Business Enterprise Centre, says the funding will employ a Start-up Switchboard Facilitator at The Generator co-working space and innovation hub in Bundaberg, making it easier for people to access co-working and business incubator spaces.

“The Facilitator will prove much needed support for our local start-up ecosystem and will co-ordinate regular start-up events to connect and grow Bundaberg’s community of innovators and entrepreneurs,” McCormick said.

“This will help position The Generator as a front door for any entrepreneurs and start-up businesses looking for support and space to work from.”