North Lakes: A hub for innovation and enterprise


Mar 01, 2019

From game developers and marine scientists to university representatives and coffee connoisseurs, Innovate Moreton Bay pulled an impressive crowd at its latest monthly social catch-up – where attendees can learn about innovative technology, events and available grants for small business startups.

Since its establishment in 2017, interest in Innovate Moreton Bay has continued to gain momentum across the region through its associated workshops, networking events Brisbane, and collaborative opportunities.

Regional Innovation Coordinator for Advance Queensland’s Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP), Steve Butler, says this growing interest was supported by the nearly 40 people who came along to February’s meet and greet.

“Those in attendance consisted of regional entrepreneurs, marine scientists, game developers, doctors and professors from USC, and lawyers, just to name a few,” Mr Butler said.

“The meaningful connections and collaborative outcomes created is what this event is designed for, along with the opportunity for like-minded individuals to come together in a social capacity.”

Want to get in on the action? The Innovate Moreton Bay Social Catch-Ups are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 3.00pm at North Lakes Sports Club. They are free to attend and family-friendly.

Innovative technology on show at QODE

Innovate Moreton Bay is moving full steam ahead into its second year of ARIP projects as part of the Advance Queensland initiative, which has an overall goal to transform regions into hubs for innovation and enterprise.

In addition to generating positive outcomes through its monthly catch-ups, Innovate Moreton Bay is currently recruiting for QODE, a brand-new innovation and technology event coming to Brisbane this April.

Last year, Innovate Moreton Bay led a similar delegation to tech event Myriad, helping to showcase local products in an expo environment, and raise the region’s profile in the innovation space.

More about ARIP

ARIP encourages innovation across Queensland and supports local economies to create jobs for regional Queenslanders.

For Innovate Moreton Bay, this is achieved by collaborating with existing groups such as Regional Development Australia (RDA) Moreton Bay, delivering a leading series of workshops including the Business Moreton Bay Region Conference Series in partnership with Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT), and representing the region at landmark events (such as QODE).

Other key partners include the combined Chambers of Commerce – North Lakes, Samford Commons, SRJ Walker Wayland, USC and Grace Lutheran College.

Get in touch

Follow the Innovate Moreton Bay Facebook Page for more information, and join the Innovate Moreton Bay Facebook Group to stay up-to-date and get connected.

Have any questions about networking events Brisbane and Moreton Bay or grants for small business startups? Get in touch with the Moreton Bay Regional Innovation Coordinator Steve Butler at steve.butler@mbrit.com.au or 0412 911 546.

Mark your calendars – the next Innovate Moreton Bay Social Catch-Up will be held on Wednesday, 20 March from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. Visit the event calendar for more networking events Brisbane.