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
[L-R] Startup Onramp Founder Colin Kinner, Lead Facilitator Jacqui Price, and Support facilitator Gary Swanepoel. If you are considering launching a startup, or have an idea for a startup, the Startup Onramp program is for you. Startup Onramp is a 12-week training and mentoring program that gives new and aspiring founders the skills, advice and networks they need to launch and grow their company. Learn how to build a startup — without quitting your day job! According to Startup Onramp founder Colin Kinner, the program’s core mission is to help people make the transition from employee to...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
Seeking Innovative Ideas The SCRIPT project is well advanced, and we want to ensure we optimise our resources ($1 million over three years) to deliver innovation and entrepreneurial activities, events and outcome-oriented capacity building across the Sunshine Coast region – resulting in more jobs and a boosted economy. SCRIPT is seeking innovative project ideas by 8 August 2018 to be considered for the first in a series of “co-creation” workshops to encourage further collaboration, facilitate new connections, identify potential partners, and refine project concepts. Don’t worry, if you don’t...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
The Sunshine Coast region has a unique innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem and is fast becoming recognised as the entrepreneurial capital of Australia. For innovative ideas to grow, you need a supportive environment where entrepreneurs are encouraged, ideas are nurtured through industry collaboration and supported by mentoring, and where start-ups thrive. Take a look at the innovation and collaboration happening right now across the Sunshine Coast region ...Read more
SCRIPT Milestones #SCRIPT is a collaboration of local entrepreneurs, businesses, government stakeholders and community members dedicated to growing innovation and business capacity on the coast. Sunshine Coast has a strong innovation ecosystem and this funding allows for greater networking and enables more entrepreneurial activity, resulting in more jobs and a boosted economy. Our vision is to fuel the culture of innovation on the Sunshine Coast Our purpose is to invest in innovative programs that make a difference to our community. In the past 9 months SCRIPT has: Coordinated a strong #...Read more
THREE experienced specialists ONE incredible case study CREATIVE collaboration MAJOR announcement! Build confidence in yourself and learn how to grow your business or idea. Expect to be out of your seat, talking with others and participating! Breakfast in a bag included - with all the caffeine you need. This project was made possible with funding from the Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Program (#SCRIPT) and in collaboration with TAFE Queensland. You will discover how to: speak clearly , concisely and compellingly partner with others so that you can work more impactfully promote yourself...Read more