The Queensland Government’s innovation initiative Advance Queensland was launched in July 2015 with initial funding of $180 million and a vision of fostering innovation to create jobs and build a strong and diverse Queensland economy.
Now in 2018 with funding of $650 million, Advance Queensland has already supported thousands of innovators and projects, driving more than 12,000 jobs across the state.
Advance Queensland’s Advancing Regional Innovation Program aims to turn Queensland’s regions into hubs for innovation and enterprise. It will enable local entrepreneurs, business leaders and key industries to collaborate closely and with government to harness innovation and unlock business potential, strengthen existing industries and prepare regional Queenslanders for jobs of the future.
A feature of the QODEX expo will be a Regional Innovation Showcase, showcasing companies supported by the Advancing Regional Innovation Program from each the twelve designated regions.
The regions are: Gold Coast, Redland & Logan, Ipswich & West Moreton, Moreton Bay, Darling Downs & Maranoa, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay, Fitzroy, Mackay Isaac Whitsunday, North Queensland, Far North Queensland and Outback Queensland.