We have established collaborative agreements that have seen great success with projects and events since 2017.  We continue to engage with new partners to grow the regions innovation, entrepreneurship and scale up strategies.


Startup Catalyst Mission

Joining 19 other coordinators from throughout the region, the RIC attended a mission to Silicon Valley and other innovation hot spots in America including Denver and Boulder. Results  of the mission include:

·        Strengthened and broadened networks within the startup and innovation space

·        Education about different models and programs that are providing support to startups

·        Increased global awareness, to discover international best practices

·        Built strong global connections to better support the startups in our local communities back home

·        Explored best practice in the innovation and startup industry

·        Gained clarity and focus for the opportunities for innovation in FNQ

Social media engagement with the innovation community in FNQ and further abroad

Techvizion - Digital Literacy Classes
  • Positive media including Cairns Post, Channel 7, 9 and ABC on event day

  • Multiple tweets

One of the very positive takeaways was that all of the teams expressed a strong desire to continue to refine and execute their innovative idea.

techVizion Digital Literacy - enVizion Cairns Monday and Friday

Attendance – 85

Target Audience – Open to all community Location – enVizion


  • Gmail – creating and managing emails is an ongoing topic

  • Cyber security

  1. What are firewalls and virus protection

  2. Password protection

    • Creating and updating resumes

Tablelands Small Business Week
  • 9 Events

  • Monday 28 May – Saturday 2 June 428 event attendances

  • Targeted at small business owners and employees in the Tablelands region – Atherton, Herberton Malanda, Ravenshoe, Yungaburra

  • The events helped  upskill small businesses to  support them in their operations and help secure their growth  and success for the local economy. Key topics covered included social media and digital presence and grant funding. The week’s major event was the FNQ Business Conference, with keynote speaker Andrew Griffiths and a range of other speakers covering topics including the entrepreneurial mindset and customer experiences.

  • The week was extremely successful, with positive feedback from attendees. A feedback survey, asking attendees to rank their satisfaction with the event on a five-point scale showed an overall weighted average ranking of 4.1 for the week’s events.

  • Monday 28 May –

  • ·       Local Business Stars Breakfast – Atherton – Panel discussion with high profile local business operators around the challenges and opportunities of the Tablelands.

  • ·       Funding & Social Media Workshop – Herberton – Free workshop on sourcing funding and tips and advice about social media marketing.


  • Tuesday 29 May –

  • ·       Lunch with Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur – Malanda – Business lunch with keynote speaker Steve Baxter, one of Australia’s most successful tech entrepreneurs, and an active investor and mentor to startups.

  • Free Grant Writing Workshop – Ravenshoe – Tips on sourcing funding from grants.

  • Wednesday 30 May –

  • ·       Mentoring for Growth – Atherton – Free one-on-one Appointments with Queensland Government appointed Business Mentors.

  • ·       Free Grant Writing Workshop – Ravenshoe – Tips on sourcing funding from grants.

  • ·       Digital Engagement Workshop – Yungaburra – Detailed discussion on the digital opportunities for businesses, from social media to accounting and client management.


  • Friday 1 June –

  • ·       FNQ Business Conference – Atherton – All day conference headlined by entrepreneur and bestselling author Andrew Griffiths,


  • Saturday 1 June –

  • Small Business Week Gala Dinner – Atherton – Featuring guest speaker Cairns Taipans CEO Mark Beecroft.

Hack the Reef - JCU

Hack the Reef was a highly successful even hosted by Ignite FNQ Director Allan Dale in partnership with Myriad, GBR Foundation and the OGBR.

Overwhelmingly, the feedback from participants was very positive. As a summary of the day, there were:

·       68 registrations

·       50+ participants

·       22 ideas pitched

7 teams formed

  • Positive media including Cairns Post, Channel 7, 9 and ABC on event day

  • Multiple tweets

One of the very positive takeaways was that all of the teams expressed a strong desire to continue to refine and execute their innovative idea.

Myriad 2018
  • Promoted the Myriad event and took a delegation of 10 FNQ based innovative entrepreneurs to Brisbane. Facilitated meetings, information and media exposure.

Startup Education Hackathon
  • The Startup Weekend Education was completed on Friday 27th July as a one-day Hackathon. This was based on advice from our project partner Business Liaison Association (BLA) and feedback from the schools (who preferred a one-day format as opposed to a weekend long event). The event had fantastic outcomes, in terms of creating awareness / practical education for the teachers and school representatives who attended. (Flyer attached)

  • The RIC was the Guest Judge at the community event working with startups and participants from the FNQ region.

  • 4 schools participated, 25 attendees, 8 ideas pitched, 4

  • teams formed, 3 mentors, 3 judges. Stakeholders included:

• theSPACE

• Smithfield High

• Woree High

• Malanda High

• Babinda High

• Young Entrepreneurs  Project (YEP)

• BLA (Business Liaison Association)

• Ignite FNQ

• Tafe North

• James Cook University

• Cairns Chamber of Commerce

• MacDonnells Law

• Crowe Horwath

• WIN News

• Fuji Xerox

• Backyard Blasters

• Joker & the Thief Playing Cards

• Power Shot

• Confidence Unlimited


• Emerging Entrepreneurs


Teachers/Participants learning what it takes to be an entrepreneur ... being immersed in that culture and taking that back to their schools.

The attendees are now all part of the Startup ecosystem and can see the path from idea - process - support structure to develop that idea. The teachers who attended the event all now understand and have had practical experience with the concepts of:

• pitching

• agile planning

• ideas screening

• market validation

• minimum viable products / prototyping Outcomes of the event included:

• Build capability within Queensland's young startup community

Foster growth and productivity of the Queensland startup

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