Upcoming Events

Where Sunshine Coast entrepreneurs thrive

July 26 @ 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

IC Networking Drinks - Perfect Your Pitch

90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

The majority of people are unable to say what they do in less than 60 seconds and, even then, the essence of their offering is often garbled. Come prepared to ‘take the stage’ and tell us what you do in one, clear, concise, compelling sentence.

Make it conversational so that people want to ask “How do you do that?”

e.g. I take all the hassle out of booking your dream holiday.

I make tempeh worth turning vegetarian for.

I help small business owners sleep at night.

You will be guided and supported by Robyn Pulman, our Speak for Impact mentor.

No need to register, just come along!

 

 

31 July @ 8:00am to 11:00am

Build Your Confidence and Grow with Strive Project

TAFE Qld East Coast

Join local entrepreneurs, business owners, students and the community for the Strive Project, an interactive presentation to educate and inspire you on how to present, partner and promote for impact.

You will learn how to:

  • speak clearly, concisely and compellingly
  • partner with others so you can work more impactfully
  • promote yourself with confidence through storytelling

This fun event is packed with meaningful and memorable moments to inspire, plus tips, tools and techniques you can apply in your life and business immediately.

When: Tue 31 Jul 2018
Time: 8.00am to 11.00am
Where: TAFE Queensland East Coast,
34 Lady Musgrave Drive, Mountain Creek

Cost: $30 including breakfast

Your presenters

Robyn Pulman, Speak for Impact, present for impact
Bruce Williams, Easy Teams, partner for impact
Julie Coulthard, Inkee, promote for impact

Our supporters

This event has been made possible with the collaboration of TAFE Queensland East Coast and via funding from the Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Program #SCRIPT.

 

 

August 30 @ 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

IC Networking Drinks

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

your net worth = your network… come along and meet some new members, mentors and partners.   Each month IC Members will have the opportunity to launch or demo their innovative products and services so you will get to witness some of the region's most talented entrepreneurs in action.

No need to register, just come along!

 

 

Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Events

You're Invited! Check out the Sunshine Coast Events on offer supporting Entrepreneurs to grow their business and thrive.  Go along and be inspired, educated and make quality connections.

Digital Sunshine Coast is a collaborative project hosted by Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with a large network of organisations and individuals.

They aim to connect people on the Sunshine Coast on the topic of digital innovation. We want to connect those who are already doing great things digitally, connect those who want to do great things and also connect those who are curious.

 

 

 

September 27 @ 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

IC Networking Drinks

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

your net worth = your network… come along and meet some new members, mentors and partners.   Each month IC Members will have the opportunity to launch or demo their innovative products and services so you will get to witness some of the region's most talented entrepreneurs in action.

No need to register, just come along!

 

 

October 25 @ 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

IC Networking Drinks

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

your net worth = your network… come along and meet some new members, mentors and partners.   Each month IC Members will have the opportunity to launch or demo their innovative products and services so you will get to witness some of the region's most talented entrepreneurs in action.

No need to register, just come along!

 

 

November 29 @ 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

IC Networking Drinks

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

your net worth = your network… come along and meet some new members, mentors and partners.   Each month IC Members will have the opportunity to launch or demo their innovative products and services so you will get to witness some of the region's most talented entrepreneurs in action.

No need to register, just come along!

 

 

Previous Innovation Centre Events

July 17 @ 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

GrowCoastal Demo Day

Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

Join us for a morning of local food, networking and product exhibition to celebrate the conclusion of the Innovation Centre’s 2018 Grow Coastal program.

Twelve of the Sunshine Coast's most exciting foodpreneurs will present their products and showcase what they've learned about accelerating their business over the past three months.

You'll also receive an update on our 2017 GrowCoastal cohort's highlights, achievements and success stories. A broad cross section of the business community, potential investors, media and the food and agribusiness sector are expected to attend making this a not to be missed event.

Make your FREE booking now and be inspired by these passionate and creative foodies while enjoying some of the best food and bev products the Coast has to offer!

When: 17 July 2018
Time: 10am to 1pm
Where: Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs, QLD 4556

Agenda:

10:15am-12pm GrowCoastal member presentations
12pm-1pm Lunch / Grow Coastal product sampling & networking

 

 

May 16- May 18

Myriad 2018

Royal International Convention Centre, Fortitude Valley, Queensland

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY EVENTS ARE THE MOST EFFICIENT VEHICLE FOR UNLOCKING ECONOMIC & CULTURAL VALUE

By fostering interactions between international communities and across industries, Myriad catalyses innovation and investment opportunities for businesses of all sizes: from startups to scale-ups.

The world is hungrily searching for the next brilliant person or project to invest in, and this May we’re bringing them to Australia to find it.

 

 

May 14 @ 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

BEING AWESOME THROUGH INNOVATION, INCLUSION & GLOBAL CONNECTION with Heather MacKenzie

Innovation Centre, 90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

Heather J. MacKenzie is a consultant, connector and speaker with 25 years of experience as a former healthcare executive and co-founder of SheEO Colorado, USA. She helps impact-driven organizations, startups and entrepreneurs find their true purpose, develop growth strategies, increase market presence and build key partnerships through her affiliation with The CORE, a global boutique firm based in the U.S.

She is also currently engaged with 10.10.10, Wisdom Tribe and select tech and healthcare clients. With leadership experience in strategy, sales, management and marketing at companies ranging from pre-revenue startups to industry giants such as General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Heather brings fresh, impactful perspectives to her client’s biggest challenges.

Guided by intuition, she is passionate about being part of the greater solution and giving people permission to live out their true purpose and highest good, whatever that might be.

As a keynote speaker, Heather inspires CEOs and leaders to examine their definition of success and create one that fulfils their purpose. She has a strong desire to share her personal story of tribulation, transformation and triumph to highlight the importance of connection and mindful living.

Heather's talk will focus on how to:

  • nurture entrepreneurs, founders and creatives
  • her experience working with startups and corporates
  • tackling wicked problems and major challenges
  • what makes for successful startups ecosystems

To learn more about Heather and why you should attend this event – check out the interview with her as part of the QLD Catalyst Mission to the US here. (Anne Lawrence and Innovation Centre CEO Mark Paddenburg, met Heather in Boulder, Colorado in March 2018, “she’s amazing!”)

May 3 @ 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Learn the value USC student/research work experience projects can bring to your business!

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

Dr Graham Ashford, Deputy Head of School, School of Science and Engineering will share how student/research work experience projects could add value to your business and the best ways to connect your business with the students.

Graham will also facilitate a discussion with Raphael McGowan, founder of bakslap on a real life case study unfolding how Raphael has successfully engaged up to 5 USC student interns/work experience with varying skills and talents, and highlighting the benefits these students have brought to catapult his business.

 

 

March 29 @ 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm, followed by IC Networking Drinks

Takeaways from the 2018 US Startup Leaders Mission - (lessons and insights)

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

The event aims to share a few of the insights and lessons learned at the 2018 Startup Catalyst - USA Leaders Mission (March 10th - 17th).

Mark Paddenburg, CEO - Innovation Centre and Anne Lawrence, Head of Industry Development - Sunshine Coast Council were selected as the leaders to represent the Sunshine Coast on the Startup Catalyst Mission to Denver, Boulder and San Francisco.  Mark & Anne met with some incredibly talented entrepreneurs and inspirational leaders at the top of their game globally.  Join us for this short presentation as they share a few insights and connections with you.

Join us for IC Networking drinks after this session from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

PS. If you can’t attend – there are a few mission posts and more to come at:  https://www.facebook.com/InnovationCentreSunshineCoast/

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Five legal tips for high growth companies

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

Join us and learn Five legal tips for high growth companies

Legal experts from Redchip, Thomas Bevitt and Tim Gerbanas, will lead this highly interactive session.

As your business takes off, it’s important to have strong foundations to support high growth. We cut through the clutter and provide you with our top 5 tips to secure your business’s success for the long run.

 

 

 

March 14 @ 08:30 am - 10:00 am

HR Health Check: Innovative ways to protect your growing business

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

Get your HR in Shape for 2018 and join us for an interactive session on tackling the highly complex landscape of employee relations and workplace health and safety.

This is a great opportunity for companies to learn innovative ways to prepare and manage your business to face any workplace issues in this ever changing space. You will walk away with a HR essential tool kit to catapult your business in 2018.

We have invited Australia’s leading experts in employment relations, Employsure to discuss recent legal changes, top tips to remain Fair Work compliant and significant trends forecast for 2018.

Topics will include:

  • Types of Employment, Contractors vs employees
  • processes and steps before termination to minimise an unfair dismissal claim
  • understanding employee leave entitlements
  • understanding wages and awards

March 07 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

When to bend or break the rules … intelligently!

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

Join us for the Boardroom Briefing Elevate Series:  When to bend or break the rules … intelligently!

By Bob McGannon, IC Mentor, author of Intelligent Disobedience: The Difference Between Good Leaders and Great Leaders and has over 30 years’ experience in IT, project management and business analysis , 18 of those years with IBM Corporation will share his passion for this concept.

This dynamic idea sharing session will focus on:

  • Selling with Intelligently Disobedient Storytelling - knowing when and how to break, bend or invent new rules to get better outcomes!
  • Rapidly mapping / scoping new business ideas
  • Presenting with impact & style – the 30/3/30 counterpart model
  • Crafting a one page sales strategy & a story that shines
  • Find your "inner stalker" - form of disobedience to secure 2 mins with a busy person

Includes a light lunch and networking.

 

 

February 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm AEST

Webinar: Think like a system, Act like an entrepreneur

Presenter: Dr Lewis Atkinson
Organisation: Haines Centre Australia for Strategic Management

Entrepreneurs are commonly associated with visionary ideas, a future-focus and risk-taking.

How do they know where to look for ‘the next big thing’ and how do they figure out what makes one idea more likely to succeed than others?

How we think influences how we make judgements and thus take action, which in turn affects the results we get.

Clever entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, consciously or not, apply a systems-thinking approach to every new venture. They become architects of the ascent rather than the defenders of the decline by recognising the environments they work in as innovation ecosystems that are constantly evolving in response to threats and opportunities.

Tune in to this 45-minute early evening webinar with Haines Centre for Strategic Management Global Partner Dr Lewis Atkinson to discover the 10 tools you can apply to identify what and how new ideas can change your innovation outcomes.

About the Presenter

Lewis has spent the past 20 years helping business, community and government leaders to develop better services and lower costs by thinking, planning and acting more strategically.

He has 30 years’ experience in knowledge production and transfer in both commercial and public-good innovation pathways to market. Lewis’s solid technical and financial grounding, combined with a strong creative side, enables him to see patterns, pathways, and solutions that others often miss. He works with clients all over Australia facilitating and consulting in strategic planning and management, innovation, cross-boundary collaboration and research leadership development.

February 22 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Find out how Turbulent Hydro achieved 1.8M product views in 2 months - turbo charging their sales campaign!

IC Bar90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

In this workshop, IC based Geert Slachmuylders, Co-Founder of Turbulent will share with you how to grow your YouTube audience exponentially.

Don't miss this real case study/workshop opportunity to learn more about scaling your business!

February 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Apart from the noise, what is really going on in the United States

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

An exclusive invitation to an address by Ed Morrison , Purdue University

The Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast invites members, partners and friends to an important discussion by Ed Morrison, Director, Agile Strategies Lab, Purdue University.

Ed is a good friend of ours and has generously accepted our invitation to give us his professional insights and approaches being taken to adapt to rapidly changing landscape into these most important issues for Australia and its business and university communities. With the current work at the Agile Strategy Lab, Ed will provide us the trends particularly how it effects businesses, the importance of cultivating ecosystems and the relevance of universities and their role as opinion leaders.

The address will be followed by a Q&A discussion and refreshments.

This event is by invitation only.  If you'd like to come along, please enquire with the Event Coordinator at debbie@innovationcentre.com.au.

February 15 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Business Model Canvas Workshop

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

In this workshop you'll create a brand new business model plan or update your old one with the ideal mix of strategy, design thinking, and planning.

Business building whizz Claire Smith of Forbes Meisner accompanied by Mark Paddenburg, IC CEO will provide a hands on session covering the Business Model Canvas segments so you can produce a visual chart for your business or business idea which describe your product's value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances.

This is an interactive workshop with one of the region's most accredited business development, marketing and entrepreneur specialist.

Working style lunch provided.

8 December @ 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Your Invitation - The Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast Celebrates turning 15!

Innovation Centre, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs, QLD 4556

Join us to celebrate the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast turning 15!

To celebrate our 15 Year Anniversary the IC will showcase and acknowledge existing members, alumni, innovation connections and the generosity of our mentors, partners and sponsors.  You will also sample some of the region’s 1st food accelerator GrowCoastal delectable treats and check out the Christmas Hampers too.

Your hosts will be IC Chairman Dr Peter Isdale AM, USC’s Chancellor Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret'd) and Vice Chancellor, Professor Greg Hill.  You will also hear from some amazing and inspiring innovators (including IC member #200).

The celebrations will continue with the cutting of the Anniversary Cake, followed by networking, lunch, refreshments and the IC Christmas Party. Help us celebrate:

  • Over 200 member companies
  • Over 860 jobs created
  • Over 240 student placements
  • Over $34M in seed funding
  • $60 Million economic value
  • Help to build a dynamic & entrepreneurial ecosystem

We care deeply about our members and the local innovation ecosystem. Going from start-up to scale-up calls for celebration and without question, our greatest accomplishments still lie ahead of us.

 

14 November @ 10:00am - 1:00pm

Creative Industries Demo Day

Innovation Centre, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs, QLD 4556

A part of Sunshine Coast Start Up Week!

 

 

BOOK NOW TO ATTEND DEMO DAY!

Come and discover some of the region's most talented innovators as the 10 chosen finalists from Creative Industries pitch their big ideas or launch their innovative product or service.

Demo Day's provide a supportive environment for people to share their business ideas and gain valuable insights from industry leaders, investors and the business community while providing valuable exposure for their venture.

You'll have the opportunity to network with investors, the corporate sector, media and the Sunshine Coast's entrepreneurial community. Complimentary lunch included.

 

Platinum Partner

November 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Learn to better Manage Staff and Avoid Workplace Claims

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

Running a business, managing staff and keeping your workplace safe can be challenging. That is why we have invited Employsure, Australia’s leading workplace relations specialist, to come in and discuss your Fair Work obligations and the top tips to staying compliant.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to better educate yourself on the Fair Work Act and how to implement changes to your business.

This is a must-attend for anyone running a business or managing employees.

Exclusive offer for IC Members only - Employsure will be conducting free 45 minute private consultations from 12pm to 5pm.  Please email Michelle Thompson michelle.thompson@employsure.com.au to lock in your time slot!

October 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Learn the Art of Networking Workshop

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

Your network is your net worth. We do business with people we know, like and trust. The more hi-tech the world becomes, the more important it is hi-touch. Join Robyn Pulman of Creating Winning Habits in honing your skills in the art of networking and picking up some fabulous tips on how to feel more confident and comfortable speaking in any situation.  Put your new skills into action at the IC Networking drinks from 5:00-6:00 pm.

October 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Oh, it happened again – risk management 101

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

In the last workshop of our 4-part “better business” series, we’ll be looking at “risk management 101”. Over the course of two interactive and fun hours, I will introduce you to the ins and outs of risk management, the difference between types of risks such as operational, financial and reputational risks and show you how to capture and assess risks. We will explore the difference between risks, assumptions, issues and constraints (also called RAIDS) and demonstrate how you can create a risk review and management plan no matter the maturity of your business, the size of your team and the complexity of your project or product.

October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Grow Coastal launch: Catapult your business in 2018

Innovation Centre foyer, 90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

Learn how you could catapult your business during our interactive Grow Coastal launch event.

After huge success in 2017, the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast and the Food and Agribusiness Network have again partnered to deliver the 12-week accelerator in 2018 for 12 lucky food and beverage businesses.

Book now to join some of the Sunshine Coast’s most exciting foodpreneurs from the 2017 Grow Coastal program for an afternoon of insights and information about the incredible program lined up for 2018.

This launch provides a great opportunity to network with a diverse cross section of the agribusiness sector, Sunshine Coast business community, government representatives and local media. We look forward to seeing you there.

Light lunch and food sampling provided.

Event outline:

  • 12.00 to 12.45pm - networking, light lunch, food sampling
  • 12.45 to 1.00pm - Innovation Centre CEO address with overview of session, celebrating success from 2017 and summary of how the GC program will benefit applicants
  • 1.00 to 3.00pm - FAN address covering program details, Q&A panel, hearing from past participants

October 11 @ 10.00 am - 12:00 pm

Create your business model canvas in our strategy workshop

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

Join us to get your new or expanding business truly humming with the ideal mix of strategy, design thinking, and planning during this interactive workshop with some of the region's most accredited business development, marketing and entrepreneur specialists.

September 28 @ 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Special Announcement Networking Evening

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

The Innovation Centre Sunshine is proud to announce a unique sponsorship from one of its hugely successful members, Elypsys and hope you'll join us in celebrating some of their major achievements.

It's a fantastic opportunity to hear about one of the most exciting developments in fibre optic technology coming from our region. Come and network with a diverse cross section of the Sunshine Coast business community, entrepreneurs and local politicians and enjoy some  great entertainment, canapes, and delicious samples from the Centre's Grow Coastal foodpreneurs!

This event is by invitation only to Innovation Centre members, mentors, government representatives and Elypsys connections. If you'd like to come along, please enquire with the Event Coordinator at julie@innovationcentre.com.au

elypsys

5 September @ 10:00am - 1:00pm

Demo Day - Tourism, Sport and Leisure

Mooloolaba Surf Club, The Esplanade Mooloolaba, QLD 4557

Discover some of the region's best innovations and inventions as 10 entrepreneurs chosen from the Tourism, Sport and Leisure sectors pitch their big ideas or launch their product or service.

Presenters will have five minutes to pitch and impress a panel of seasoned judges with their product or service demonstration for valuable feedback and cash prizes.

Come along and network with investors, the corporate sector, media and the Sunshine Coast's entrepreneurial community. Complimentary lunch included and free parking at the Wharf Mooloolaba.

Platinum Partner

1 September @ 8:00am - 6:00pm

REMIX Academy: Sunshine Coast 2017 - Creative Places: Nurturing Creative Communities

IC Auditorium90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

The REMIX Academy Summit takes place in multiple locations globally and explores the interrelationships between culture, technology and entrepreneurship.

REMIX Academy Summit brings together thought leaders from across different industries to tackle the big ideas shaping the future of the creative industries and the creative economy.

Learn about radical, innovative approaches to cultural sector planning and development and listen in as speakers explore sustainable, viable and entrepreneurial solutions.

POST-Mix Networking from 6.00pm

Keep the conversations going and join us for networking drinks at the Innovation Centre from 6.00pm. Check out the latest product and service developments on the Coast with interactive displays and Innovation Centre entrepreneurs discussing their creative solutions to a number of challenges across several sectors.

31 August @ 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Tell Your Story With Video By Ben Amos, Innovate Media

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

Join us to learn how to tell your story through video by expert online video strategist, Ben Amos - Founder of Innovate Media.
  • Learn how to discover your brand's story
  • How to tell it through video
  • The brain science behind storytelling
  • The importance of a consistent brand story
  • How to integrate storytelling video content into your existing digital marketing strategy

Keep the storytelling going at networking drinks afterward.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. STAY TUNED FOR MORE EVENTS ON VIDEO STORYTELLING FOR YOUR BUSINESS.

July 26 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Visiting Entrepreneur: Mark Johnson – QUT EiR, former Silicon Valley VC and Apple Executive

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

Book Now (limited seats) – Visiting Entrepreneur: Mark Johnson Join us for a short briefing on building a successful businesses followed by an in depth Q&A session with visiting entrepreneur.…

July 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Boardroom Briefing Elevate Series: Start with the Why by Simon Horne, CEO and Founder of Moreton Ventures

IC Boardroom90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia

Join us for a Boardroom Briefing to explore how 'starting with why' can separate your business from the rest to be more innovative, more influential and more profitable! You have…