Join us for a morning of local food, insightful stories and product displays to celebrate the conclusion of the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast’s 2018 GrowCoastal program. GrowCoastal is the first food accelerator on the Sunshine Coast and a partnership between the Innovation Centre and Food Agribusiness Network and sponsored by Advance Queensland.

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.

According to Jacqui Price, GrowCoastal’s program manager, “It has been incredibly rewarding to see the personal growth in each and every participant in the GrowCoastal program. They have challenged their thinking around their businesses on a weekly basis and consistently worked outside their comfort zones. I can’t wait to see the transformation in their businesses over the next twelve months.”

There will also be an update on the 2017 GrowCoastal cohort’s highlights, achievements and success stories. The GrowCoastal program is in its’ second year with the 2019 program currently open for applications.

“GrowCoastal has delivered the goods for the second cohort of 12 food and beverage entrepreneurs about to launch their refined products at Demo Day to an audience of 200 buyers and investors,” said Innovation Centre CEO Mark Paddenburg. “Our GrowCoastal founders have all excelled and scaled in 2018 – I encourage you to try their delectable, world class products. I know you won’t be disappointed!”

The event kicks off at 10am with GrowCoastal member presentations during the morning. Join us for a lunch and GrowCoastal product sampling from 12pm to 1pm. Media are welcome to attend.

Event details

When: Tuesday, 17 July 2018


  • 10.00am Product expos, interaction and arrivals for event
  • 10.15am Intro and acknowledgements by Innovation Centre CEO Mark Paddenburg and Jacqui Price, GrowCoastal Program Manager
  • 10.15am to 12.00pm GrowCoastal participant pitches and product relaunches
  • 12.00pm to 1.00pm Complimentary lunch, product sampling & networking


The Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast hosted the 12 week GrowCoastal food accelerator program which started in March with support from the Food and Agribusiness Network and funding from Advance Queensland.

The accelerator is a Sunshine Coast first focusing on producers who are interested in scaling up fast and bringing their vision to life to deliver new food and beverage innovations to the market.