Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Project Team (#SCRIPT)

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 30 Sunshine Coast organisations – providing over $1 million over three years to develop innovation and entrepreneurial activities across the region.

Sunshine Coast is fortunate to have an established and active innovation ecosystem and SCRIPT works to increase the connections and relationships across government, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, investors and more.

#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 invests in projects which (at the very least) are new and different and demonstrate:

  • Sunshine Coast Benefit
  • Validated Demand
  • Co-investment & Collaboration
  • Longevity
  • Accountability

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

What projects has SCRIPT invested in?

Find out more about the projects which have been invested in to date.



How can I  connect into the Sunshine Coast Innovation Ecosystem?


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 Monday of every month).

Annual Stakeholder Report

The Annual Stakeholder Report highlights the important role SCRIPT plays in growing innovation, business capacity and employment across the region.

Steering Committee

The SCRIPT steering committee is a skill-based group of highly talented and awarded business people:

  • Myles McNamara, CEO (Eye On IT) Chair
  • Mark Paddenburg, CEO (Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast)
  • Paul Fisher, CEO (Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast Inc)
  • Anthony Dow, Economic Development Manager (Noosa Council)
  • Anne Lawrence, Head of Industry Development (Sunshine Coast Council)

Regional Innovation Coordinator (RIC)

The Regional Innovation Coordinator is Toni Binstead. A Transformation Specialist and Entrepreneur, Toni has spent a large amount of her career as a “trouble-shooter” for corporate business. Her clients have included major banks, financial institutions, and universities. Toni has extensive experience working with SMEs, working as a Business Mentor since 2003. She works closely with local entrepreneurs, small business and start-ups to innovate, trouble shoot and scale.
As part of Toni’s values around giving back to the business community she recently participated in QLD small business week presenting on Personal Branding for Small Business Owners (in collaboration with WOTSO workspace). She also holds monthly Peer Mentoring Group’s where female entrepreneurs act as an advisory board, helping each other to innovate and grow.
Via her role as the Innovation Concierge, Toni can connect you into the innovation ecosystem here on the Sunshine Coast.

Entrepreneur in the Region (EiR)


The Entrepreneur in the Region is Leigh Kelson. A serial entrepreneur, cloud computing pioneer, and media tech veteran, Leigh has founded ten ventures over the last 30 years and had a number of successful exits. Over his career, he’s raised more than $100 million in funding and overseen two successful IPOs on the Australian stock exchange. His current passion is the future of media and changing the landscape of entrepreneurial & technology education. Leigh’s latest company, BeachCity Media, is on a mission to reimagine how we develop innovation and entrepreneurial capability across the globe. A charismatic social media presenter and speaker, Leigh’s experience brings insight and nuance to his work as an interviewer or panel moderator.  In addition to his role as CEO of BeachCity Media, Leigh is an engaged mentor, advising a portfolio of early-stage ventures on their commercialization strategies. Download Bio here


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.

Funding Partners

The funding was collectively matched by the below organisations: