Team Queensland participated in the MIT REAP program with a focus on building connections across the Australian state of Queensland. With a population of around 5 million people, occupying 1,727,000 square kilometres (2.5 times the size of Texas!), Queensland is a large and diverse state with an array of geographic and climatic areas including tropical, sub-tropical, semi-arid and desert environments. Abundant natural resources, a ‘can do’ attitude and long investments in innovation are strengths which Team Queensland sought to leverage. The team was represented by members from all five stakeholder groups, led by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and supported by the Queensland Government through the Advance Queensland strategy.

Team Members

Risk Capital

Innovation Ecosystem Stakeholder Model

Arun Sharma
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Research and Innovation), Queensland University of Technology
Damien Walker
Director Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games
Alastair Mathias
General Manager, Automation and Technology, Rio Tinto
Wayne Gerard
CEO & Co-Founder, RedEye
Elaine Stead
Head of Venture Capital Division, Blue Sky Alternative Investments Ltd
Bronwyn Harch
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Queensland
Martin Obschonka
Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, QUT Business School
Rowena Barrett
Executive Director, QUT Entrepreneurship Initiative, QUT Business School
Char-Lee Mclennan
Lecturer in Management, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, QUT

Team Strategy

  • Challenge & Opportunity:
  • Strategy & Action

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As part of the MIT REAP program, Team Queensland documented their journey, data and strategy in the report Queensland Connects. This report has underpinned a range of actions in Queensland to support the growth and development of the Queensland innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem including the key activities of 1) implementing the Queensland Connects Program across 10 Queensland regions to date with a further cohort focussed on disaster resilience to come in 2023, 2) forming the Queensland Government Innovation Advisory Council to support the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur and advise the relevant Minister for Innovation and 3) funding an Advance Queensland Fellowship focussed on Innovation Metrics which has continued to support and inform the data driven approach of the Advance Queensland strategy.
Team Queensland members have gone on to make strong contributions to the Queensland innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem including
– Wayne Gerard being appointed as Queensland’s 4th Chief Entrepreneur (2021-2022),
– Professor Bronwyn Harch being appointed as the Queensland Chief Scientist (acting) (2022-),
– Professor Rowena Barrett being appointed QUT’s inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor Entrepreneurship (2021- )and becoming the inaugural Chair of the Innovation Advisory Council (2022-2023),
– Dr Char-lee McLennan being awarded an Advance Queensland mid-career Fellow (2020-2023),  and
– Professor Arun Sharma being recognised as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at QUT (2020) and being appointed as Chair of the QMIR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (2022- ).
Through the MIT REAP program a strong relationship was built between MIT and QUT which led to the signing of a 5 year strategic collaboration agreement that sees an exchange of staff and students between the institutions. students and staff who learn together. QUT MBAs spend 2 weeks a year at MIT on an innovation immersion, QUT Entrepreneurship students participate in MIT FUSE over the Australian summer, a 9 part Future Enterprise Webinar series, International Faculty Fellows and other knowledge sharing and learning engagements occur between MIT and QUT.

Core Regional Metrics

Economic & Social Progress

Social progress and economic prosperity as a collective measure of development in a region.

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Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurial Ecosystems are regional environments that effectively support startups focused on addressing global markets based on technological, process or business model innovation.

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Team News

June 29, 2017

Queensland awarded coveted international entrepreneurship program


QUT champions entrepreneurship to boost home-grown tech to the world

June 12, 2018

Future of Mining Innovation