Brisbane’s brightest awarded grants

‘Trailblazers’ to help win business events for Brisbane

Trailblazer Grant Program

Researchers in areas of mobile robots and stem cells, a specialist passionate about finding solutions for children with hearing loss, and two molecular bio scientists are among the recipients of the inaugural Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant.

Seven successful applicants have been awarded a share of $25,000 to attend a leading international conference to highlight Brisbane’s expertise and help secure the event for Brisbane in a succeeding year.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the grant program was developed to support Brisbane’s up-and-coming professionals and researchers while also attracting high-profile conferences and the world’s brightest minds to Brisbane.

“The seven grant recipients demonstrate leadership and passion in their chosen fields, and will represent Brisbane’s expertise and depth of talent across sectors such as scientific research, health and technology,” Cr Quirk said.

Brisbane Convention Bureau General Manager Juliet Alabaster said the application process sought to identify innovators, pioneers and ground-breakers passionate in equal measure about their area of expertise and Brisbane.

“We hope that through the connections, knowledge and insight gained from the grant recipients attending relevant international conferences, the Bureau can successfully bid to attract these events to Brisbane in the future,” Ms Alabaster said.

“Conventions and business events are big business for Brisbane, generating more than $257 million for our economy in 2016-17 alone.”

Meet the Trailblazers

Brisbane entrepreneurs go global with grants


A world-first virtual reality experience to combat discrimination and a children’s interactive storytelling book are among the successful grant recipients from the inaugural Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Program.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced the 11 grant recipients, following a competitive judging process involving more than 90 applications.

Cr Quirk said the Global Entrepreneur Program was part of a commitment to help grow existing businesses and to ensure Brisbane remained globally competitive in emerging industries.

“Brisbane is home to some of the world’s brightest minds and the Global Entrepreneur Program attracted some of the city’s leading businesses with huge growth potential,” Cr Quirk said.

“Each of the 11 grant recipients will be awarded up to $5000 to help their business reach new customers and tap into global markets.

“It’s important we embrace our Brisbane-based entrepreneurs, and the funds will help these businesses to finalise overseas contracts, meet with global investors and obtain professional advice for expanding.”

Judging panellist and Brisbane Chief Digital Officer Cat Matson said the program was continuing the city’s tradition of supporting innovation and talent.

“To have such unique businesses being established and run from our own backyard is immensely validating for Brisbane’s reputation as a talent hub,” Ms Matson said.

“It’s promising to see such talent among this group as their businesses will ultimately bring benefits to the wider Brisbane community.”

The Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Program is part of the Digital Brisbane 2.0 strategy, which outlines Brisbane’s commitment to evolving the city’s digital capabilities.

Meet the Global Entrepreneurs