Media Release 23 August 2019 A Sunshine Coast first – the Regional Innovation Benchmark shows that local businesses who prioritise innovation increased their sales of new products and services by 20% and higher, according to the 2018-2019 Regional Innovation Benchmark completed by USC Researchers, Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers and Dr Saskia de Klerk for the Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Project Team (SCRIPT). “With our start-up community reaching the energetic adolescence stage, it’s time to take stock of the Sunshine Coast's progress - the successes, the struggles and, most importantly...Read more
Queensland rapid prototyping professional Mic Black and a crew of startups, academics and students made history on the weekend setting a record by launching a meat pie to the highest ever altitude in the Southern Hemisphere. The flight with helium balloons and a Garlo’s meat pie on board was the finale to a four day “NewSpace FlashBuild” event held from 7-11 November to promote and engage the space industry in Australia. The balloon reached 28.3 kilometres before bursting and returning to earth, pie intact. Two balloons in total were launched and retrieved from the Hunter Valley in NSW...Read more
Creative masterminds all over Australia participated in GovHack last month, with three Sunshine Coast teams taking out major awards at the State Awards ceremony in Brisbane this week. From leveraging ocean currents, to powering Noosa or how trash makes us sick, 17 Sunshine Coast teams created real solutions to real problems, making use of new Open Data from a range of Queensland and Local Government agencies on many areas impacting the public. The winning Sunshine Coast teams were: Youth team, The RoboRoyals with their idea Trash Talk took out the Sunshine Coast Community Challenge and the...Read more
Wisdom of wild places inspires entrepreneurs It’s dusk in tropical Wujal Wujal; twilight is a gold blip on the horizon and one of the 12 young entrepreneurs ‘roughing it’ for a week pulls out another ‘dab’ move to the uproar of her dusty companions. It’s day five on the seven day ‘no technology’ wilderness expedition in Far North Queensland designed to build the mental stamina, personal qualities and physical resilience that are the hallmarks of all successful entrepreneurs. The 12 city slickers of varying fitness levels just spent three days mountain biking the legendary 71km CREB Track just...Read more
Innovation is heating up on the Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Program (SCRIPT) releases 2018 Annual Stakeholder Report SCRIPT – a government and community-sponsored initiative to promote innovation - invested in six new Sunshine Coast projects in its first year, creating job opportunities and helping local entrepreneurs turn their ideas into commercial realities. The organisation’s Annual Stakeholder Report 2018, released to coincide with SCRIPT’s first anniversary, highlights the important role it plays in growing innovation, business capacity and employment across the...Read more
Media Release | 1 August 2018 Community has entrepreneur’s back, helping make sun smart product a reality Over the last month, entrepreneur Raphael McGowan has lobbied hard to inspire the local community to get behind his sunscreen applicator bakslap , and it has paid off. In just 30 days, the Sunshine Coast community and others have backed bakslap ’s Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign with $48,377 to get the applicator into production in time for summer this year. Developed following the tragic loss of Mr McGowan’s 31-year-old sister Tess McGowan-Chan to melanoma in 2012, the bakslap...Read more
The Innovation Master Class is an applied business development program aimed at owner-managers of small to mid-sized businesses with an ambition to grow! It is open to businesses from all industry sectors across the Sunshine Coast and Noosa council areas. The program outlines a practical five-step approach to develop a strategic direction, generate, evaluate and implement innovative new ideas - and includes a final Showcase session to help participants build their business profile, drive progress, gain input and develop new network connections. To help growing small businesses access this...Read more
Did you miss the opportunity to be involved in the sold out Caloundra Chamber of Commerce Q&A panel with Shark Tank's Steve Baxter? He'll be back! Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Steve Baxter will be back to tour our region on the 27 and 28 August 2018. He will visit a number of schools, entrepreneurial hotspots and tech hubs. There are two public events hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Program Team (#SCRIPT). Register fast to ensure a place! Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture (USC) The 2018 Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture keynote will...Read more
Interactive Innovators Panel Join Shark Tank's Steve Baxter and a panel of some of the Sunshine Coast's most successful entrepreneurs and innovators for a morning packed with dialogue, success stories, insights to learn from and the opportunity to share your story and grow. Embrace new technology, learn how you can differentiate and develop a customer experience, making your business stand out from the rest and thrive. You will walk away with: real time insights from some of Australia's most successful entrepreneurs tips and tools on new tech and innovations to grow your business or venture...Read more
Startup Onramp is a training and mentoring program for first-time startup founders, launched in Brisbane by experienced startup mentor and investor Colin Kinner . The program gives new and aspiring founders the skills and guidance they need to launch a globally scalable tech startup. #SCRIPT intends to deliver the program at a Sunshine Coast innovation hub venue with location(s) to be confirmed. Advance Queensland is funding the roll-out of the Startup Onramp program to startup hubs across regional Queensland. Companies are invited to submit expressions of interest for two facilitator...Read more