The Sunshine Coast is a tech-savvy region with a reputation for innovation. Businesses are supported by a strong entrepreneurial, collaborative and digitally oriented ecosystem.

The region is recognised as a place where world-first ideas flourish, innovation thrives and startups prosper.

Accelerators, coworking spaces, incubator events and meetups foster a culture of collaboration and partnerships that develop fresh perspectives and solve problems.

Queensland Regional Innovation Benchmark Report

Many businesses on the Sunshine Coast have continued to adapt and innovate despite the challenges and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A major survey of Sunshine Coast innovators found that almost half (46%) introduced new innovations in 2020.

The Queensland Regional Innovation Benchmark Report identifies current practices and performance to determine how businesses across the region perform comparatively year on year.

46%

Sunshine Coast businesses say they have implemented new to the firm innovations

46%

Sunshine Coast businesses say they have implemented new to the firm innovations

25%

Sunshine Coast firms introduced new to the industry product innovations

25%

Sunshine Coast firms introduced new to the industry product innovations

90%

Innovators report embracing digital business practices, using an innovation strategy, website and e-commerce

90%

Innovators report embracing digital business practices, using an innovation strategy, website and e-commerce

29%

Sunshine Coast firms reported new or significantly improved manufacturing processes

29%

Sunshine Coast firms reported new or significantly improved manufacturing processes

40%

Sunshine Coast innovators collaborate, a significant increase from 29.8% in 2019 and higher than the rest of the country

40%

Sunshine Coast innovators collaborate, a significant increase from 29.8% in 2019 and higher than the rest of the country

Innovation excellence

Our region has made significant strides in developing an entrepreneurial reputation and culture.

Innovation in action

Our region has a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem where industry contemporaries collaborate, and where innovation, new ideas, entrepreneurs and startups are actively supported and encouraged.

Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year

2022 | 2020 | 2019

Smart21 Communities of the Year

2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2015 | 2014

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