Are we the best place in Australia…..
  • Thursday 02 July 2015

…For technology businesses to grow and prosper? We’ll have to wait until October 20 to find out.

What is for certain though is that the Sunshine Coast rates among the top three regions in the nation for small and medium enterprise emerging technology companies.

The Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) has announced the finalists for the Innovative Regions Award and the Sunshine Coast has been nominated alongside Greater Adelaide (SA) and the Hunter Region (NSW).

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Smart City Framework, Innovation Centre and Business Gateway initiatives were among many helping emerging technology companies to thrive within our region.

“To be top three in Australia for this award is wonderful recognition that our region is building on its enviable lifestyle to also create an environment where the industries of the future can thrive,” Mayor Jamieson said.  

“It also highlights that we’re on the right path with the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy that has identified seven high value industries – including education and research, knowledge industries and clean technologies – as keys to future employment and economic strength.

“We’ve established industry taskforces to plan for our future and to start delivering on our economic promise. This is an industry led initiative. More than 50 businesses are represented across seven industry taskforces and over 100 organisations were involved in the development of the Industry and Investment Plans.

“So we have leading local business people with specific knowledge of industry issues and needs driving these plans into action.”

“Among the exciting innovation activities we’re being recognised for as part of this award include the Sunshine Coast Business Gateway that enables local companies to access local projects.

“The new health campus also incorporates a $60 million Skills, Academic and Research Centre and the Innovation Centre provides a business incubator that houses thirty companies and delivers start-up programs.

“Our Smart City Framework also establishes a non-traditional, systematic approach to meeting the connectivity needs of local businesses.”

The three finalist regions were judged to provide the most supportive environment for small to medium enterprise (SME) emerging technology companies. Judges assessed existing programs, networking opportunities, and other characteristics.

The Innovative Regions winner will be announced along with Australia's best technology companies at a gala event in Sydney on October 20.

For more information about the Australian Technologies Competition visit