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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    13 Queensland hosts identified for startups attracted to Startup State

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    13 Queensland hosts identified for startups attracted to Startup State

    A Palaszczuk Government initiative to lure successful international and interstate startups to Queensland is showcasing 13 potential hosts across the State for incoming startups to choose from.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $8 million Advance Queensland Hot DesQ program would see start-ups lured to Queensland and hosted in Townsville, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Toowoomba.

    The potential hosts for the Hot DesQ program include:

    • TheSPACE Cairns
    • iNQ Townsville
    • Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast
    • Spark Bureau (Sunshine Coast)
    • Fires Station 101 (Ipswich)
    • Bond Business Accelerator (Gold Coast)
    • Canvas Co-working (Toowoomba)
    • River City Labs (Brisbane)
    • Creative Enterprise Australia (Brisbane)
    • Little Tokyo Two (Brisbane)
    • Collaborate (CCIQ) (Brisbane)
    • QUT BlueBox (Brisbane)
    • Impact Academy (Brisbane)

    These locations were identified following an expression of interest process run earlier this year. Additional potential hosts could be identified.

    “We want to lure successful international and interstate startups to Queensland, strengthening our own growing startup ecosystem,” the Premier said.

    “Queensland is cementing its reputation as the Startup State and regional Queensland can play a big role.

    “We will support successful startups and expats with up to $100,000 to base themselves in Queensland for at least six months to pursue their businesses and help grow our entrepreneurial sector.

    “The Hot DesQ program will benefit Queensland startups by providing international connections and access to global startup communities, investors and international markets.”

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said Hot DesQ would be promoted both nationally and internationally, and leverage Queensland’s competitive advantages such as proximity to the Asia Pacific region and capability in med-tech, agriculture, aviation and mining, to attract world-class entrepreneurial talent to our state.

    “We want to capitalise on global expertise and connections, and the program is designed to ensure that startups across Queensland are at the core of this program,” Ms Enoch said.

    Applications for international and interstate startups to participate in the program are now open on www.HotDesQ.com.au.

    The inaugural Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit is being held at the Royal International Conference Centre in Brisbane from 27 to 29 April 2016.

    The Summit brings together business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and leaders from government and industry. For more information about the Summit visit advance.qld.gov.au.