Innovation program to boost Coast economy
  • Tuesday 10 October 2017

Details of a $1 million regional innovation program to drive innovation, boost economic opportunities and create new jobs on the Sunshine Coast were announced this evening (October 9).

Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council and Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast, along with the 26 project partners, have joined forces in the Sunshine Coast-based program, called #SCRIPT, following the announcement of funding from Advance Queensland in June.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said #SCRIPT (Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Pipeline Team) provided an exciting opportunity for the Sunshine Coast region.

“The #SCRIPT project, which will be delivered over three years, will foster the development of innovative products and services from existing businesses and new businesses to the region,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“We will work collaboratively towards economic outcomes with a focus on growing exports, new jobs, talent attraction and business expansion to our region with increased capital investment.

“These outcomes will be achieved through capacity building programs as well as key events and will focus on five key priority areas - smart cities, food and agribusiness, health and wellbeing, sustainability and environment and the creative industries.

“Our region is fortunate to already have a vibrant and inclusive innovation ecosystem which is demonstrated by the number of collaborators who were willing to fund and partner with us for this program.

“The #SCRIPT program will continue to strengthen our regional innovation and provide wonderful outcomes for the wider Sunshine Coast region.”

A committee has been announced to oversee the program and includes highly talented and awarded business people including:

  • Jetts Fitness Group CEO Elaine Jobson
  • Comlink CEO Feda Adra
  • Innovation Centre CEO Mark Paddenburg
  • Old Ambulance Station chairman Michael Doneman
  • White’s IGA Group Roz White
  • Smart Advice CEO Michelle Hamer
  • Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast CEO Darrell Edwards
  • Anthony Dow from Noosa Council and
  • Anne Lawrence from Sunshine Coast Council

Ms Coby Sullivan, formerly of The Urban List, Flight Centre and Griffith University, has been appointed the Regional Innovation Coordinator, bringing with her a strong background in start-ups and innovation and stakeholder engagement.

The launch event also featured guest speaker Mike Knapp who shared his experiences of start-ups and his business success stories from his company Shoes of Prey – the “design your own shoe” company which raised $25.5m from investors such as Khosla Ventures, Blue Sky, Blackbird and Nordstrom.

Prior to Shoes of Prey, Mr Knapp was a software engineer at Google and a lawyer. He’s currently in the early stages of his new start-up idea – Mottle.

The #SCRIPT program is a co-funded partnership between 26 partners including the Queensland Government through its Advance Queensland initiative, Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council, Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast and business and industry.

For more information about #SCRIPT visit and follow the hashtag #SCRIPT on twitter.