Ipswich to host Queensland Chief Entrepreneur

After embarking on a regional tour consisting of 70 events in 16 towns over 21 days, Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, Leanne Kemp will arrive in Ipswich on Thursday 29 August to work with local entrepreneurs and innovators at a series of meetings and forums.

Events will take place at Ipswich City Council’s Innovation Hub Fire Station 101 and USQ Ipswich Campus as Kemp engages with and looks to inspire current and future innovators.

“This regional program is a great way for me to see the innovations happening around Queensland up close,” said Kemp, who will finish up her regional tour in Logan on 30 August.

“It holds critical importance in building, connecting and delivering grass-roots knowledge, programs and ideas across our state. I’m experiencing the realities of the region; a kaleidoscopic view of innovation in Queensland.

“It’s about understanding the economics of communities, where innovation is the fuel driving regional economic engines forward. The people here are designing jobs for their own future, and in doing so are creating business to support more jobs.”

Kemp said the aim of the tour was to showcase the best of Queensland start-ups and small-businesses state-wide.

“Queensland has the widest regional spread of innovative entrepreneurship in Australia. More than 60 per cent of Advance Queensland grant recipients are regionally based and 45 per cent of jobs supported by Advance Queensland are through recipients in the regions.

The regional tour program has connected with over 1800 stakeholders from the regional innovation sector.

Leanne Kemp is the founder and CEO of Everledger, a technology company that uses Blockchain technology to track high value items. In 2018 she was named by Forbes as one of the World’s Top 50 Women in Tech, and currently sits on numerous national and international Boards including the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Council. Leanne is the first female to hold the title of Queensland Chief Entrepreneur.

Original source: Ipswichfirst | Chief entrepreneur in Ipswich to guide innovators with bright ideas

21 Aug 2019