Our innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem expanded 65% in the last three years, reflecting the dynamic network of education programs, business incubators, coworking spaces, advocacy events and meetups which provide an ideal location for startups, entrepreneurial talent, news ideas and creativity.

Entrepreneurial ecosystem map

Our innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem expanded 65% in the last three years, reflecting the dynamic network of education programs, business incubators, coworking spaces, advocacy events and meetups which provide an ideal location for startups, entrepreneurial talent, news ideas and creativity.

The first Sunshine Coast Entrepreneurial Ecosystem map, launched at the Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit in 2016, captured the support and resources available for new, emerging and established innovators and entrepreneurs to encourage closer partnerships to cement our position as a leading region for innovation and business development.

In 2019, the updated ecosystem expanded from seven to 10 clusters, incorporating three new clusters – programs, maker spaces, and infrastructure investment – while the number of organisations, programs and activities grew from 46 to 76 during the past three years, including:

More information about these great programs and initiatives are available in council’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship brochure. Note that this map is geographically focused on the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area. For information and activities inclusive of our friends in Noosa, we suggest SCRIPT as a resource.

Image: WATSO coworking space

Celebrating our achievements

Collaboration

When asked about the strength of our ecosystem, try not to immediately default to the quantitative analysis, instead reflect and comment on the strength of the collaborations between the many people working on projects and initiatives represented graphically by the ‘spider web’ ecosystem map.

The effectiveness of our ecosystem is primarily due to the passion, commitment and kindness of the Sunshine Coasters who regularly #GiveFirst.

Chad Renando from Startup Status is doing some great work in evaluating and measuring ecosystems. You can dive deeper into that topic by reading his LinkedIn articles and following his Twitter feed.

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