One-stop-shop for entrepreneurs as ecosystem map launches online
  • Wednesday 13 September 2017

A one-stop-shop of information and resources designed to support entrepreneurs on the Sunshine Coast has expanded with two new features now available on the Digital Sunshine Coast website.

Designed to provide information to anyone looking to better connect and encourage closer partnerships with the local digital and entrepreneurial community on the Sunshine Coast, the website offers a range of information including two new functions – an industry-wide events calendar and an innovation ecosystem directory.

Sunshine Coast entrepreneur and digital champion Sean Bannister said the new features on the Digital Sunshine Coast website will help to connect start-ups, education institutes, incubators and networking groups within the Sunshine Coast.

“The events calendar will collate a range of events from a number of different organisations and sources and should be the go-to website for digital activities in the region,” he said.

“The addition of the innovation ecosystem map will also help to connect and encourage closer partnerships by providing a visual directory of the organisations, events and initiatives happening within the Sunshine Coast and the relationships that connect them.

“It’s these types of resources and information that will continue to cement us as the leading region for innovation and business development.”

Economic Development and Innovation Portfolio Cr Steve Robinson said the Digital Sunshine Coast website would showcase the innovation we have in the digital and entrepreneual community in our region.

“Entrepreneurs are important part of our business community and we’re pleased to support the development of the Digital Sunshine Coast website as a vital resource to connect a range of businesses and industries to further innovate in the digital space,” Cr Robinson said.

“We have an active and dynamic digital and business community on the Sunshine Coast, as demonstrated by the recent announcement of the Advancing Regional Innovation Program in collaboration with 26 partners, and there is much to gain by connecting the skills and knowledge across the region.

“These initiatives also support the further development and growth of knowledge industries and professional services as a high-value industry as outlined in our Regional Economic Development Strategy.”

“We have also just learned that four of the ten finalists at the upcoming Queensland Pearcey Awards, celebrating ICT leadership are from the Sunshine Coast, demonstrating we are punching well-above above our weight as a region.”

Digital Sunshine Coast is a joint initiative of Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Shire Council and Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast.

To find out more about what’s happening in the region visit

Facts about entrepreneurship and innovation on the Sunshine Coast

  • Four of the ten finalists for the Queensland Pearcey Awards are from the Sunshine Coast region (Ben Duncan, Yvette Adams, Steve Huff and Gavin Keeley). The annual award program highlights leaders of ICT innovation who collaborate to drive change in government, business and society. The winner will be announced on 4 October at a Gala event.
  • The Sunshine Coast Advancing Regional Innovation Program is an initiative of Advance Qld and will be formally launched on Monday October 9 and represents 26 collaborators contributing to a $1 million fund (with $500,000 coming from the Qld Government) over three years to progress innovation capacity and capability within the region.
  • GovHack Queensland State awards were announced on 8 September and submissions from the Sunshine Coast took out four awards as well as four honourable mentions.
  • Eleven senior students from across five different Sunshine Coast schools participated in the Startup Weekend for Youth on the weekend of 1 – 3 of September. Thirteen ideas were narrowed down to three with the winning team creating an idea to help match school students with tutors in a 24/7 air-tasker style approach.
  • Local startup WandsPro took out the prize at ‘Demo Day’ at the Innovation Centre on September 5, as part of a series of entrepreneurship events aligned with the seven high value industries, in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council
  • Mayor’s Telstra Technology people’s choice award winners from Siena Catholic College won a trip to Sydney for a mentoring session by the head of MuruD program on entrepreneurship.
  • Both Bernard Salt and Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Mark Sowerby have both stated that the Sunshine Coast region is one of the leaders in entrepreneurship.
  • Over a dozen Sunshine Coast Digital champions have been recognised in the Advance Queensland Digital champion program for their continued commitment to the advancement of digital skills across the region.