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The Australian sugarcane industry is one of the nation’s biggest rural industries. Queensland’s largest agricultural crop saw over 125,000 hectares harvested in the Herbert and Burdekin region in 2017, with more than 13 million tonnes of cane crushed, playing a significant role in the almost $2 billion generated in export earnings for Queensland. In a […]

Thumbs Up to a Dental Revolution

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and when maternal instinct told local dental hygienist Carla Lejarraga to keep pushing for the answers behind her daughter’s thumb sucking, she found herself at the forefront of change in the dental industry and is now training other practitioners in the Secrets of the Thumbsucking Clinic. “I […]

Stephen Phillips: Engineered For Success

Rolling Stone magazine, not the place you’d expect to find the story of a software engineer who grew up on a horse stud outside Charters Towers, and yet this is exactly where Stephen Phillips found himself. This begs the question – how did this software engineer from regional North Queensland get his story in one […]

Calling all investors: OpenFund

LONG BEFORE CRYPTO CURRENCY – EVEN BEFORE SMART PHONES – INVESTORS RODE THE FIRST WAVES OF THE DIGITAL AGE, BETTING ON GOOGLE AND APPLE WITH MASSIVE RETURNS. ONE SUCH INVESTOR WAS TOWNSVILLE-RAISED SCOTT ROGERS. The young architecture student worked across the globe in London and Japan before settling in Brisbane to complete a Masters of […]

Full STEM Ahead

Townsville STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Hub was founded following Sarah Chapman’s attendance at the Prime Minister’s Science Prize Award Ceremony in 2013. Being in Canberra and meeting so many influential people, Sarah saw an opportunity to promote and advocate for our region. “I spoke to as many politicians, STEM experts and communicators as […]

A Change Is In The Air

CQUniversity wants to change the world for the better – and through social innovation its students, staff, academics and the wider university community are all driving that transformation. On August 1, CQUni’s Townsville Campus played host to The Festival of Change (FOC) – a multi-campus event that celebrated and brought to life changemaking both at […]

Myriad – Connecting The Dots

ONCE A YEAR, SOME OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL THINKERS AND TINKERERS, ENTREPRENEURS AND EXPERTS, REBELS AND RENEGADES FROM ACROSS THE WORLD DESCEND ON QUEENSLAND’S SOUTH-EAST, WHERE A WEALTH OF TALENT AND INNOVATIVE SPIRIT COMES TOGETHER FOR THREE FULLY-CHARGED DAYS OF WORKSHOPS, MASTERCLASSES AND PRESENTATIONS. The Myriad festival is Brisbane’s privately founded and independently managed flagship […]

A Safe Investment

Technology virtuoso SafetyCulture is undoubtedly one of Townsville’s – indeed, Australia’s – biggest start-up success stories. From a garage in Mt Low five years ago, the company has grown to a global entity valued at $440 million thanks to its health and safety mobile app, iAuditor, and its most recent funding round, which closed a […]

Local Heroes: NQ’s talented trailblazers

LOCAL HEROES ARE FLYING UNDER THE RADAR EVERY DAY IN NORTHERN AUSTRALIA. A number of North Queensland’s talented trailblazers were recently given the opportunity to connect and showcase their innovative business ideas at Innovate NQ’s Local Hero Showcase Design Awards. We speak with some of the award’s finalists about their struggles and success and how […]

Nicole Lucas – Co-Ordinator, Innovate NQ

INNOVATE NQ (iNQ) HAS BECOME SYNONYMOUS WITH HOUSING SOME THE NORTH’S OUTSTANDING INNOVATORS AND ENTREPRENEURS SEEKING A HUB TO HARNESS THEIR IDEAS AND CREATIVITY AND CONNECT WITH LIKE-MINDED GAME CHANGERS. RECENTLY iNQ WELCOMES THEIR NEW CO-ORDINATOR NICOLE LUCAS. WE SPOKE WITH HER ABOUT HER ROLE AND VISION FOR THE CENTRE. Tell us a little about […]