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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Next year’s Myriad innovation festival to build on 2017 success

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Next year’s Myriad innovation festival to build on 2017 success

    Queensland will once again host Australasia’s premier international technology and innovation festival in 2018, following a stunning debut this year.

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said today (Friday) Myriad 2018 will showcase Australian technology and innovation – and expand its reach even further across Australia and the Asia Pacific.

    “After a hugely successful 2017 event, we are now looking forward to welcoming even more investors to Queensland, who will no doubt be seeking the next great startups and technology,” Ms Enoch said.

    “The concept of Myriad is strongly built on the foundation of facilitating and building connections and, on average, attendees to this year’s event each made nine new business connections.

    “We know the greatest motivation for people to attend was for the potential networking opportunities, and this year’s event certainly delivered. We must not underestimate the value of the thousands of new relationships formed and the countless ideas that have been sparked as a result of Myriad,” she said.

    Community Lifestyle Support (CLS) provides support to people with a disability in the greater Bundaberg region, and was among 131 regional innovators supported by the Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland initiative to attend Myriad.

    CEO Damien Tracey said CLS had the opportunity to interact with people who would not normally be engaged in its industry.

    “A particular highlight at Myriad was the opportunity to meet the developers of a high-tech driving simulator,” Mr Tracey said. “As our conversation progressed, we could both see the potential for their system to be modified to allow people with disability to access a safe and realistic driver education platform.”

    Mr Tracey said the energy at Myriad was contagious and it was motivating to hear support for CLS plans to establish an assisted technology hub in Bundaberg.

    “The single take-home for me was just the energy and interest in pushing the envelope, and pushing the boundaries,” he said.

    Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said Community Lifestyle Support’s successful Myriad outcome summed up what the innovation festival was all about.

     “The Palaszczuk Government supported regional entrepreneurs to attend Myriad, which brought together the best ideas, investors and technology from around the world to expand horizons and generate new opportunities,” Ms Donaldson said.

    “It’s really exciting to hear how attendees like CLS discovered business connections that they would not have otherwise considered.”

    Tim Walmsley, founder and CEO of Queensland-based BenchOn, said exhibiting at Myriad generated new opportunities for his young business, which provides a platform to solve the problem of employee under-utilisation by matching idle staff to short-term contracts from reputable companies.

    “Myriad is really paying off for us on a number of fronts, and in particular it has opened up new opportunities for us in the education sector,” Mr Walmsley said.

    “Due to unexpected demand, we’re trialling placing graduates in short-term contract roles, which creates a new market for us, and we pushed forward our next investment round by three to four months thanks to the new investor relationships we made there.”

    Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Mark Sowerby said the success of March’s event is just the start of the impact Myriad will have on the Australian startup sector.

    “The buzz at Myriad was electric and that was from everyone. That’s local, national and international speakers, exhibitors, delegates and investors, all colliding and connecting–the place was just going off and that was just the start,” he said.

    “Myriad 2018 will absolutely be the place to be for anyone who wants to make it happen in the startup and scale up space so book early or you will miss out on a chance to build global networks, contacts and deal flow.”

    The Palaszczuk Government is a strategic partner of Myriad, with a three-year sponsorship agreement with Myriad Live to host annual events from 2017 to 2019. Advance Queensland is the Palaszczuk Government’s $420 million whole-of-government initiative, supporting jobs across a range of industry sectors.


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