SCRIPT (Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Program)
Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council and Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast, along with their project partners have been awarded Advance Queensland Regional Innovation funding. The funding was collectively matched by over 20 Sunshine Coast organisations – providing over $1 million over three years to develop innovation and entrepreneurial activities across the region.
About the program
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.
#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.
To bring about these outcomes, activities and resources are aligned to the following key priority areas:
- Smart Cities
- Food and Agribusiness
- Health and Wellbeing
- Sustainability and Environment; and
- Creative Industries
To help fuel innovation, SCRIPT invests in collaborative activities that build capacity in businesses, showcase excellence, incubate and accelerate new solutions and support entrepreneurs and innovators in turning their ideas into commercial reality. We support grassroot projects which help to connect, educate and inspire members of the Sunshine Coast community. SCRIPT is interested in investing in projects which (at the very least) are new and different and demonstrate:
- Sunshine Coast Benefit
- Validated Demand
- Co-investment & Collaboration
The success of SCRIPT projects and programs will be measured against clear economic outcomes, such as:
- Job Creation
- Talent Attraction
- Company Migration
- Improved Productivity
- Growth in Sales/Exports
- New Products, Services & Business Models
- Increased Capital Investment
- Furthered Connections
- Supply Chain Linkages
- New Partnerships
- Educating & Informing Locals
- Cross-Sector Innovation & Collaboration
Is my business/project eligible?
Watch this video to find out if your project/business is eligible for funding through SCRIPT:
Do you have a project that sounds like a good fit? To apply:
- Discuss your project proposal with the Regional Innovation Coordinator (RIC) Coby Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org
- If your project aligns with SCRIPT objectives, you will receive the Project Application Form to complete and submit.
- Project Application Forms will be received and reviewed by the RIC. If they appear to meet SCRIPT criteria, the application will be passed on to the Steering Committee for appraisal.
- Steering Committee meetings are typically held on the third Thursday of every month. Application forms and supporting documents need to be submitted to the RIC by the first Friday of the month, to be included in the monthly review.
- You may be invited to pitch your idea to the committee and afterwards, they may ask further questions to ensure the project fits SCRIPT investment criteria.
- The Steering Committee will then determine an outcome (approved/not approved at this stage/conditional).
- If approved, and once any conditions have been met, you will accept responsibility for the program and sign an investment agreement with SCRIPT.
- Following the delivery of your program, you are required to submit feedback and a report as part of the acquittals process, to a satisfactory standard as deemed by the Steering Committee.
For more information about SCRIPT, please contact Coby Sullivan at email@example.com or on 0400 646 906.
The regional innovation program is governed by a Steering Committee comprising regional leaders with expertise in innovation, entrepreneurial activities and who also have an interest in the Sunshine Coast’s economic pillars and priority areas. The Steering Committee meet monthly (typically the third Thursday of every month).
The SCRIPT steering committee is a skill-based group of highly talented and awarded business people:
- Elaine Jobson, CEO (Jetts Fitness Group)
- Feda Adra, CEO (Comlink)
- Mark Paddenburg, CEO (Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast)
- Michael Doneman, Chairman (The Old Ambulance Station)
- Michelle Hamer, CEO (Smart Advice)
- Darrell Edwards, CEO (ForgetSPECS)
- Phil Harman, Director Regional Development (RDA Sunshine Coast)
- Anthony Dow, Economic Development Manager (Noosa Council), and
- Anne Lawrence, Head of Industry Development (Sunshine Coast Council).
Regional Innovation Coordinator (RIC)
The Regional Innovation Coordinator is Ms Coby Sullivan. Coby understands the nuances of entrepreneurialism and innovation, having worked in New York City’s Varick Street Incubator as well as with some of Australia's most successful startups, such as The Urban List. She also brings a strong background in business development and stakeholder engagement, following leadership roles with Griffith University and Flight Centre Travel Group.
The SCRIPT initiative was developed through extensive consultation with the community and business sector:
- A public community contribution document
- 2 workshops of 40 people each
- Over 30 interviews with community innovation members and leaders
- Over 900 emails including correspondence, scheduling, and agenda setting
- Over 25 bi-weekly calls
- Over 5 stakeholder meetings, and
- Over a month of weekly webinars.
The funding was collectively matched by the below organisations: