If you are lucky to live in one of the most entrepreneurial states in Australia, lead by Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Leanne Kemp, founder & CEO of the blockchain startup Everledger, then you may want to check out some of the awesome startup events coming up in 2020:

QODE Pitch Black: As part of the Queensland’s Innovation Festival you will have 3 minutes to pitch your idea to some of the most influential people in the investment and entrepreneurship community. When: 24-25 March 2020, Brisbane. Apply here.

Gold Coast Startup Weekend: From idea to business in 54 hours. When: 21-23 February 2020, Gold Coast. For more information or to apply go to the Techstars website here.

Startup Weekend Next Gen: Take giant leaps toward entrepreneurial thinking and making connections while creating a business.When: 13-15 March 2020, QUT Gardens Point, Brisbane. Buy tickets or apply here.

Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast SDG: Embrace the movement of sustainable development and take ideas that have a social impact from concept to creation in just 54 hours. When: 3-5 April 2020, Maroochydore. More information here.

Angel Investors Breakfast: investors and startups come together to discuss opportunities and potentially create partnerships. When: 12 February 2020, Brisbane. Register here.

Equity Crowd Funding in 5 steps with Tim Eisenhauer: Opportunity for all innovative and high growth companies to come and learn about equity crowdfunding and how this can benefit your company when raising capital. When: 19 February 2020, Brisbane. Register here. 

Ignite Ideas Fund Round 7: Known to some simply as the ‘Ignite Grant’, this government grant of up to $200,000 supports Queensland based startups and small to medium Queensland businesses to commercialise innovative products, processes and services to enable them to grow and compete in a global market and create new jobs. When: April 2020. Stay tuned for updates and applications here.  


Useful websites for startups and entrepreneurs


Office of Queensland Chief Entrepreneur: All things startup.  https://www.chiefentrepreneur.qld.gov.au

Startup Catalyst: Organised international missions to startup hotspots.  http://www.startupcatalyst.com.au/

Advance Queensland: Grants and workshops by the Queensland government.  https://advance.qld.gov.au/

River City Labs: Resources, networking and startup community.  https://www.rivercitylabs.net/

Gold Coast Innovation Hub: Community of local entrepreneurs, network opportunities and hot desks. https://www.gchub.com.au/

Techstars Startup Weekend: Pitch your startup idea.  https://startupweekend.org/