What is Startup Gympie Region?

Startup Gympie Region is an innovative program to benefit entrepreneurs and business in the Gympie Region.

The 12 month program includes workshops, networking events and information sessions delivered throughout the region, targeted at supporting the startup and growth of high potential new business as well as assisting established businesses to grow and develop.

All events and activities included in Startup Gympie Region program are aimed at building a strong network of growth oriented startup businesses. The program of events includes ‘Meet the Entrepreneur’ series of networking events featuring successful entrepreneurs from the Gympie region, skills workshops aimed at developing the personal and professional skills of startup entrepreneurs, and an ‘Innovation Masterclass’ series of workshops to target growth.

The program is being offered as a result of Council’s successful funding application through the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative through the identification of opportunities to develop a startup ecosystem to support the creation and growth of high potential new businesses.

This reflects the increased emphasis on startup businesses from the Queensland Government through the Advance Queensland initiative, which seeks to harness innovation to strengthen and diversify the economy, and create new jobs. To find out more about Advance Queensland please visit the website advance.qld.gov.au. Other assistance and support for business in Queensland can be found at www.business.qld.gov.au.

Developing an innovative region requires an understanding and support network for activities throughout each phase of the innovation lifecycle from idea conception, through to development and commercialisation.

 

Why Startup Gympie Region?

Startup businesses are increasingly recognised as key contributors to creating employment opportunities and - on occasions - new industries. Research completed in the US by the Kauffman Foundation shows that startups were the biggest contributors to net job growth between 1977 and 2005. The research shows that firms large and small are continuously and simultaneously destroying and creating jobs and that without startups there would be no net jobs growth in the economy.

The startup movement in Queensland is growing momentum, with significant startup communities developing in regions from the Gold Coast and Toowoomba to Townsville and Cairns. The Gympie region’s connection to the NBN, proximity to Brisbane and enviable lifestyle make it an ideal location for this type of business and attracting the entrepreneur. The Startup Gympie Region program of events provides exciting opportunities for a wide range of businesses in all industries and has the ability to take these businesses to the next level and create future opportunities for our region.

The industries that have seen a growth in registered business numbers in the Gympie region include health care and social assistance, financial services and real estate services. These three industries collectively employ only 14.5% of our regions workforce. The industries that continue to enjoy job growth in our region are accommodation and food services, agriculture and forestry, and the services industries including financial, professional and technical services (source economy.id.com.au/gympie).

 

How can I find out more?

All interested business operators or people considering establishing a business are encouraged to contact Council on 1300 307 800 or email economicdevelopment@gympie.qld.gov.au.

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