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Advancing Regional Innovation Program

Encourages innovation across Queensland and supports local economies to create jobs for regional Queenslanders.

What's important

  • Twelve innovation regions (PDF, 1.97MB) have been established. Each of the twelve Queensland regions have access to a dedicated fund of $500,000 each over three years.
  • Each successful applicant developed a collaborative action plan that outlines a tailored program of activities that responds to the local needs and the stage of development of its community.
  • Activities include mentoring, capability development, and innovation spaces, to connect entrepreneurs with each other and with industry and to coordinate local efforts.
  • To ensure that the program extends across regions, each recipient must undertake outreach activities to foster innovation across a broader geographic and demographic audience in at least two other locations across the region.
  • To find out more about future opportunities to be involved in activities and events contact the successful Advancing Regional Innovation Program recipient in your region.

Regional Innovation Showcase at Myriad 2018

Startups and innovators from regional Queensland will be showcasing their businesses as part of The Garage at Myriad, Australia’s premier technology and innovation event, from 16–18 May 2018 in Brisbane.

Applications to be part of the Regional Innovation Showcase have now closed with successful applicants to be announced soon.

About the program

Advance Queensland's Advancing Regional Innovation Program aims to turn our regions into hubs for innovation and enterprise. It will enable local entrepreneurs, business leaders and key industries to collaborate closely and with government to harness innovation and unlock business potential, strengthen existing industries and prepare regional Queenslanders for jobs of the future.

The program enables a tailored approach to connecting local efforts, harnessing existing strengths and building regional capability. The intention is to build networks of innovative communities across the state that reflect the diversity of Queensland's regions, draw people together and boost grassroots activities. Information detailing the objectives and criteria can be found in the Advancing Regional Innovation Program Guidelines.

Development of the program (formerly known as the Advance Queensland Regional Innovation Hubs Program) was supported by research on the features of successful innovation ecosystems. We partnered with strategy and design company Business Models Inc. and identified five key features for successful ecosystems.

For further information and assistance please email

Read the discussion paper (PDF, 544KB)

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Last updated
6 March, 2018

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