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Gladstone start-ups given a leg up to innovate

Eight of Gladstone’s finest fledgling innovators have been selected for Startup Gladstone’s inaugural ‘Innov8ors’ program, a 24-week training, mentoring and development program designed to accelerate good innovations from concept to commercialisation.

A device to absorb the sound of snoring, a regional bush medicine business in Calliope, a digital measurement device for fishing, and a new Digital Innovation Centre of Excellence for the region are just four of the eight ideas supported in the first batch of Innov8tors.

With an annual $80,000 funding boost provided by Here for Gladstone—the joint community contribution efforts of Rio Tinto Yarwun, Boyne Smelters Limited (BSL) and Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL)—Innov8ors will see participants mentored by national leaders in research and development.

Startup Gladstone’s Luis Arroyo said the program had the support of the Queensland Government and served as a potential pilot for other regions across the State.

“We have had a great deal of support from our partners in unearthing Gladstone innovation. We are all working together to attract investment and skills, create jobs, strengthen Gladstone’s innovation ecosystem, and identify new and enhanced routes to market,” Luis said.

Here for Gladstone Chair and QAL general manager Pine Pienaar said “Gladstone has always been a hotbed of industrial innovation. There are some incredible minds in the region and this program seeks to unearth them, support them and see their ideas move with strength to market.”

Rio Tinto, BSL and QAL will continue to support the program by offering mentors over the course of the program.

Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur Ms Leanne Kemp said, “This is a ground-breaking program for Queensland, and we will look to learn from this pilot program and share the collaboration outcomes achieved.”



Launch details

Venue:                         Central Queensland University, Marina campus

Date:                            28 August 2020

Time:                           18:00


Opportunities:              Video message relay from Queensland’s Chief
Entrepreneur Ms Leanne Kemp, all eight individuals announced as the 2020/2021 cohort, VIPs from industry and government.

For further information about the Innov8ors Program, please contact Startup Gladstone Ecosystem Builder’s Luis Arroyo at or on 0424 092 537.



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