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    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Innovative collaboration key to Mackay’s knowledge economy

    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Innovative collaboration key to Mackay’s knowledge economy

    Mackay’s startup sector will be working feverishly this weekend when budding entrepreneurs throughout the region come together to develop and pitch their ideas to potential investors.

    Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the 54-hour Startup Weekend in Mackay will be an opportunity for students, business people and anyone with an innovative idea to develop their business model further with support from local experts and industry mentors.

    Ms Enoch will today (October 21) meet with event organisers, Startup Mackay, to talk about the region’s startup community and the upcoming event to be held at Central Queensland University from 23-25 October.

    In Mackay as part of a state tour to engage communities in the Queensland Government’s $180 million Advance Queensland initiative, Ms Enoch said the program aimed to create knowledge-based jobs for the future and position Queensland as an attractive investment destination with a strong innovation and entrepreneurial culture.

    This evening, the Minister will speak to stakeholders from business, industry, entrepreneurial, startup and university sectors at the Mackay Grande Suites.

    “Business collaboration and innovation is associated with a 70 per cent increase in the likelihood of delivering unique and new innovative ideas and products,” Ms Enoch said. 

    “The Queensland Government wants to see regions such as Mackay make the most of the talent and opportunities coming our way, and Advance Queensland aims to do just that.

    “It is a comprehensive suite of programs that will help bridge the gap between great ideas and commercial outcomes by tapping into existing knowledge and creativity, as well as driving a path for new research and innovation.

    "Advance Queensland will help position Queensland as a place where entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, startups, universities, industry and government work collaboratively to translate great ideas into commercial opportunities.

    State Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert has welcomed the series of Advance Queensland regional events.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is bringing together representatives from these sectors to start the discussion about how collaborative opportunities can create new products and services,” Mrs Gilbert said.

    “The Mackay region looks forward to increased productivity, investment and highly skilled jobs for future generations.”

    Steven Tye, Director and Consultant at information and technology business Tyeware, and Melissa Westcott, owner and founder of online shoe business Big on Shoes will be the local guest speakers at the Advance Queensland Mackay forum.

    Find out more about Advance Queensland at www.qld.gov.au/advanceqld

    Media contact: Kim Lyell 0437 859987