Trailblazers given $25,000 to attract conferences

Trailblazer Grant Program

With applications now closed, the Brisbane Convention Bureau had dozens of applicants who want to showcase Brisbane as an attractive business events destination through the Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant. Sorting through the applications has now begun, with a shortlist of 10 applications to be decided, from which five recipients will ultimately be selected by the judging panel.

Recently launched, the Brisbane Trailblazer Grant is a new Brisbane Convention Bureau initiative to unearth Brisbane’s up-and-coming industry and research leaders while showcasing the city as an attractive business events destination. In recognition of the depth of talent in Brisbane, the Trailblazer Grant program is awarding a share of $25,000 per year to the city’s most passionate and capable professionals or researchers and enlisting their help to attract valuable industry conferences to Brisbane.

The grant is an initiative to empower talented and high-performing people who live or work in Brisbane to help us attract new international conferences that add to our city’s knowledge, help grow our economy and develop Brisbane’s talent and skills. The program will deliver up to five grants per year, each to a maximum value of $5000, and recipients will use their grants to attend an international conference of their choice, within their relevant industry.

Brisbane Convention Bureau General Manager Juliet Alabaster said the Bureau was committed to fostering the talented professionals within the city.

“We want to enable our trailblazers to make a significant contribution to their industry, and also make valuable connections and form relationships that will help pave the way for Brisbane as an ideal future host destination,” Ms Alabaster said.

“Brisbane already has a strong reputation as a host destination that delivers outstanding business events, particularly in the sectors of health and medical, mining, resources and agriculture, and we want to continue to grow this reputation while we support and develop the talent and skills within the city.

“We want innovators, pioneers, ground-breakers and people who want to build valuable networks and create opportunities for their careers and the industry.”

Judging of the finalists will take place on 2 March. Find out more about the Grant.