Entrepreneurship Seminar: Innovative Start ups

Griffith University's October Entrepreneurship Seminar Innovative Startups provides insights from businesses to highlight how start ups scale up with product, service or process innovations, and the opportunities and challenges along the journey.

Ben Petersen, co-founder of The Plunge Pool Company, will talk about becoming successful at harnessing the problem-solving skills of blue collar workers in legacy industries, to create new processes for new innovative products. Ben’s message is simple.

“Innovation has to be more than a buzz word, it needs to be explained to blue collar and factory workers in real terms. What does innovation mean for the individual on a daily basis? This is when you will see the innovation mindset start to compound across the work force from top to bottom.”

Dr John Thorogood, Principal Manager of frc environmental and Redlands City Business and Retail Awards Small Business of the Year, 2017 winner, will open up on how their ambitions and aspirations have evolved - starting up, opportunity identification, technology adoption, scaling up – the importance of quality over quantity for business sustenance.

Josh Murchie, Australian Student Volunteer of the Year, and founder of the Griffith University Start Up Entrepreneurs Club and Co-founder of Little Phil - a blockchain powered micro-philanthropy platform to empower charities - will share his unique journey on learning, innovating and the power of collaborating.

Tuesday 23 October 2018
5pm to 7pm
Griffith University, Logan campus (University Drive, Meadowbrook)
Register via the event site


ASBAS Digital Solutions program

The ASBAS Digital Solutions program is running three digital marketing workshops for small business in the Logan and Redlands region in November. 

Developing digital marketing strategies for social media & web-based advertising > 

Yarrabilba, Thursday 1 November, 9.30am - 11.30am

$18.25 inc GST

Create your low-risk, high-reward social media & digital marketing blueprint >

Capalaba, Tuesday 13 November 2018, 7am - 9am

$18.25 inc GST

Get started with digital marketing & social media for your business >

Logan Central, Friday 16 November 2018, 10am - 12pm

$18.25 inc GST

The ASBAS program delivers low cost, high quality, digital advisory services to small businesses in metropolitan and regional areas across four key areas:

  • Websites and online selling
  • Social media and digital marketing
  • Using small business software
  • Online security and data privacy. 

You can also register for updates and have the opportunity to select your desired training requirements.

More information on ASBAS can be found at:

Building Better Regions Fund

Round three of the Australian Government's $641.6 million Building Better Regions Fund is now open.

Grants are available for projects which will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

For Round 3, $200 million is available, with up to $45 million of this funding earmarked to support tourism-related infrastructure projects.

There are two streams of funding available under the program:

The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.

The Community Investments Stream funds the following community activities: new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability strengthening activities These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities.

Applications close 15 November 2018.


Small Business Digital Grants program

The Small Business Digital Grants Program is now open for applications.

Grants up to $10,000 (matched by participants) are available to help small businesses to enhance digital capabilities such as website optimisation, receiving online payments or creating a social media plan.

To be eligible the business must:

have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant

have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST

have a Queensland headquarters

have a turnover of $2 million or less for the last financial year

not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

To apply visit Small Business Digital Grants Program.

For further information or assistance, email or phone 13QGOV (13 74 68).