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Grants available for biomedical businesses

Queensland-based biomedical businesses interested in attracting new domestic and international clients can now apply for funding from Round 2 of the Queensland Biomedical Voucher Program.

Queensland-based biomedical businesses interested in attracting new domestic and international clients can now apply for funding from Round 2 of the Queensland Biomedical Voucher Program.

The program offers up to 50% of the fees that a Queensland biomedical provider would normally charge a national or international client to develop the client’s biomedical product in Queensland, up to a cap of $250,000 (with the client paying the other 50%).

Services that are eligible for funding include:

  • design development and validation
  • prototype building and testing
  • contract development and/or manufacturing
  • contract research, specialist advice or professional services
  • commercialisation advice and services
  • the cost of small items of plant and equipment needed to provide the biomedical services.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said that Round 1 of the program had attracted a Canadian company and 3 interstate businesses to access Queensland’s biomedical capabilities.

‘Our Round 1 funding support of $579,367 (excluding GST) leveraged impressive co-funding of $4,861,161,’ Mr Dick said.

‘This is a significant inflow of capital and we expect it will boost future collaborations and create opportunities for other Queensland-based businesses who can assist in commercialising new biomedical products.

‘We hope Round 2 is equally successful in bringing customers and capital to Queensland and embedding our world-class biomedical infrastructure and capabilities in the national and international biomedical product value chain.’

Round 1 recipients included Patheon, which is now providing services to Montreal-based Forbius to develop an antibody drug to help treat rapidly progressing cancers, and to Sydney-based DendroCyte for its BioTech project, which will see the development of a new monoclonal antibody to improve bone marrow transplant outcomes.

Businesses interested in applying should read the program guidelines first.

Applications are due 12 noon Thursday 27 June.

An expert panel will then assess applications against criteria that will identify projects that offer the greatest benefit to the local biomedical industry, and to Queensland.

Biomedicine is identified as one of Queensland’s emerging export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

TIQ is working with a number of Queensland’s biomedical businesses to explore their export opportunities.

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Learn how to write winning investment proposals

With practical content and great networking opportunities, TIQ’s Business growth essentials workshops are hitting the mark according to participant feedback.

With practical content and great networking opportunities, TIQ’s Business growth essentials workshops are hitting the mark according to participant feedback.

The Bundaberg ‘Attract funding’ workshop in late March attracted 55 attendees to hear from highly regarded speakers and learn from relevant case studies.

Attendee Dennis O’Brien, Export and Quality Assurance Manager of Australian Seafood, said the seminar highlighted the variety of products and the extent of business success in the Wide Bay area.

‘I was very impressed with the diverse range of guest speakers and the high degree of consistency between the speakers,’ he said.

The workshop also addressed how to partner with TIQ to achieve outcomes.

‘There is value in knowing that a body of people at TIQ are out there ready to help establish new business in the Wide Bay area,’ Dennis said.

Getting to meet business leaders from the Wide Bay Burnett community was an added benefit for attendee Sebastian Cerone of Less Industries.

‘It was inspiring to have so many businesspeople in one place and to hear their stories,’ Mr Cerone said.

‘The forum was amazing and exactly what I needed.

‘I congratulate TIQ on the investment training initiative and would like to do more,’ he said.

The ‘Attract funding’ workshops were part of TIQ’s Business growth essentials series, which has been rolling out across regional Queensland since February.

Next in the series will be ‘Create winning investment proposals’, which will run from late April into May in locations across Queensland.

Register now if you would like to attend.

The workshops are being funded under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022, which aims to increase Queensland’s export and investment outcomes.

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Queensland drone industry flies high in Japan

Queensland’s drone industry was centre stage in Japan recently, with Queensland drone experts speaking at a major conference and signing a significant research agreement.

Queensland’s drone industry was centre stage in Japan recently, with Queensland drone experts speaking at a major conference and signing a significant research agreement.

Representatives from Queensland’s World of Drones Congress, Barcaldine’s Outback Aerodrone symposium, and drone business Little Ripper were all in Tokyo to attend the Japan Drone Expo.

The Outback Aerodrone symposium was represented by officers from the Central West Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board and Barcaldine Regional Council.

The Queenslanders were hosted at the expo and a range of business meetings by staff from TIQ’s Tokyo office, who have been building the profile of Queensland’s drone industry in Japan.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Japan Tak Adachi said Queensland had real potential to become a global centre for drone-industry development and testing.

‘The World of Drones Congress brings the world’s leading drone researchers and businesses to Brisbane every year,’ he said.

‘And now we also have the Outback Aerodrone Symposium, which gives delegates from overseas the opportunity to travel to Western Queensland and see how Queensland’s wide open spaces are ideal for drone testing.

‘TIQ Tokyo accompanied Japanese drone delegates to both of these events in 2018, and we’re very pleased to now see Queensland’s drone leaders coming to Japan to further build relationships.’

Queensland drone expert Dr Catherine Ball from the World of Drones Congress spoke at the Japan Drone Expo, as did Little Ripper CEO Eddie Bennet BM.

Little Ripper, which has its engineering headquarters at Carrara on the Gold Coast, is attracting worldwide interest for its pioneering use of drones for search and rescue.

Mr Adachi said that the World of Drones Congress and Little Ripper had also used their visit as an opportunity to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Japan UAS Industry Development Association, committing all parties to ongoing collaboration on drone education and industry development.

The Queensland drones delegation was in Japan 11–15 March, and attended the Japan Drone Expo from 13–15 March.

The aerospace sector is identified as an emerging export priority in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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$1.3m funding to boost Queensland food exports

From mudcrabs and mandarins to lettuce, ginger and Granite Belt wines, more Queensland food products will find their way to world markets with help from a $1.3 million export grants program.

From mudcrabs and mandarins to lettuce, ginger and Granite Belt wines, more Queensland food products will find their way to world markets with help from a $1.3 million export grants program.

The Growing Queensland’s Food Exports Program is designed to boost Queensland’s regional economies by helping local food producers build their export capability.

The second round of the program has awarded grants of up to $100,000 to 8 Queensland food companies, including Australian Gulf Seafoods in north Queensland, Ironbark Citrus in Wide Bay and Kominos Wines in the Granite Belt.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the program helped local producers break into lucrative overseas markets and supply chains.

‘This $1.3 million pilot program aims to boost Queensland’s food exports, delivering jobs and economic growth in regional areas,’ he said.

‘By providing matching grants of up to $100,000, [we’re] supporting producers and food businesses to improve their export competitiveness through better understanding of their markets.’

Companies receiving grants in this second round of funding are:

The grants will be used for a range of projects, including market analysis, shelf-life research, and business trips to investigate overseas markets.

TIQ has previously worked with a number of the companies, including hosting Australian Gulf Seafoods on a China trade mission, showcasing Gin Gin & Dry to buyers during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, and connecting Natural Evolution to Singapore-based distributors.

The Growing Queensland’s Food Exports Program focuses primarily on horticulture, and provides grants of $50,000–$100,000, with successful applicants contributing at least 50% of the required project funding. More than $550,000 in funding was allocated in the previous funding round.

Queensland is Australia’s largest producer of vegetables and second-largest producer of fruit and nuts.

Increasing the state’s share of national exports and strengthening regional economies are both priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Photo courtesy of Ironbark Citrus.

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Time to fill in International Business Survey 2019

This year’s survey features additional questions on key markets like India, as well as the use of innovation in international market development activities.

Queensland exporters are urged to have their say by completing this year’s Australia’s International Business Survey (AIBS) now.

The survey is an opportunity for businesses around Australia to highlight their export opportunities and challenges, giving the federal government important information it can act on.

More Queensland data in the survey will give decision-makers a more accurate picture of the state’s export performance.

AIBS is a collaboration between the Export Council of Australia (ECA), Austrade and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The annual study provides insights into Australia’s international business activity and evaluates the impact of international economic trends on Australian business.

ECA Head of Policy Heath Baker said it was a crucial time for businesses to have their voices heard on the international business issues that affect them the most.

‘The survey results inform the trade debate and assist organisations like the ECA to provide services that best support Australian businesses along their international journey,’ Mr Baker said.

Last year’s respondents painted a picture of an ambitious and diversified Australian international business community, providing insights into trade with emerging markets like Latin America as well as their use of ecommerce and digital technologies.

This year’s survey features additional questions on key markets like India, as well as the use of innovation in international market development activities.

Participants should allow about 20 minutes to complete the survey, which is due by 24 April.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a key goal of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

The first 500 survey respondents will be eligible to receive a 30% discount on ECA membership, with the next 500 eligible to receive a 15% discount.

The first 25 existing ECA members who complete the survey and contact ECA will also be eligible to receive a 30% discount on the latest edition of the Australian Export Handbook.

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Hong Kong high-schoolers heading for Queensland

Parents, teenagers and education agents gathered in Hong Kong recently to hear how Queensland high schools can help international students learn the skills they need for 21st-century success.

Parents, teenagers and education agents gathered in Hong Kong recently to hear how Queensland high schools can help international students learn the skills they need for 21st-century success.

More than 70 people attended a forum with a panel of Queensland high-school principals, who were in town as part of an Independent Schools Queensland mission to Hong Kong.

Nine independent schools participated in events organised by TIQ Hong Kong to help spread the word about Queensland’s world-class education offering.

The principals’ forum was moderated by Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for China and Hong Kong Julie-Anne Nichols.

Ms Nichols said that Queensland’s holistic learning model was very different from a typical Hong Kong education.

‘Hong Kong schooling typically focuses on traditional core skills and STEM,’ she said.

‘In comparison, Queensland high schools take a more holistic approach that emphasises students’ emotional intelligence, independence, analytical skills and risk appetite in preparing them for their ongoing education and working life.’

Ms Nichols said TIQ was delighted to support the Hong Kong leg of the mission, which was coordinated by Mariana Lane from Independent Schools Queensland and also visited Macau and Taiwan.

As at December 2018, 3,321 students from Hong Kong were studying in Queensland, with around 10% enrolled in schools.

International education is identified as Queensland’s second-most valuable services export (after tourism) in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

If you’re a Queensland education provider interested in the Hong Kong market, email Diana Liu in TIQ’s Hong Kong office.

If you’re an overseas student interested in studying in Queensland, you can explore your options on the Study Queensland website.

Mission participants

  • All Saints Anglican School
  • Caloundra City Private School
  • Clayfield College
  • Ipswich Grammar School
  • John Paul International College
  • Redeemer Lutheran College
  • St Paul’s School
  • The Glennie School
  • West Moreton Anglican College
  • Independent Schools Queensland

March 2019

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Indian entrepreneurs set to promote Queensland

Two high-profile Indian entrepreneurs will tour Queensland as part of an initiative to boost trade and education links with one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Two high-profile Indian entrepreneurs will tour Queensland as part of an initiative to boost trade and education links with one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

The 2019 Queensland-India Innovators’ Experience will welcome two leading entrepreneurs to Queensland this April as part of the innovation festival QODE.

Zone Startups director Ajay Ramasubramania from Mumbai and Perfit 3D director Eobin George from Cochin will visit Queensland from 1 to 7 April, meeting local entrepreneurs and innovators, running workshops, and communicating with stakeholders in Queensland and India.

Innovation Minister Kate Jones said the entrepreneurs would have a chance to immerse themselves in Queensland’s world-class innovation and education culture, and share their experiences with networks across the state and in India.

‘They’ll participate in QODE and visit key centres for innovation and education around the state – including the Precinct in Brisbane and the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct,’ she said.

‘These entrepreneurs will share their experiences with local innovators at The Precinct, with international students across the state and prospective entrepreneurs and students back at home in India.’

Ms Jones said international education was an important part of the Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy 2018–2023.

‘Boosting our exchange of students is an important part of our strategy to strengthen our trade relationship with India,’ she said.

‘The Indian Government has a series of strong targets when it comes to providing higher education for a greater percentage of their population.

‘We’re making it crystal clear – we’re going to market Queensland aggressively in the subcontinent because we believe we’re in the perfect position to make the most of that growth – that’s exactly what this program is all about.’

The 2019 Queensland-India Innovators’ Experience is a joint initiative of Study Queensland and Advance Queensland.

The two entrepreneurs were selected through a competition that was open to graduate entrepreneurs, influencers and start-up founders.

Zone Startups is an Indian start-up accelerator that works closely with entrepreneurs and the digital innovation industry.

Perfit 3D provides a 3D body-scanning solution that rapidly captures measurements and transfers these to a robotic cutting machine.International education and training is Queensland’s fastest growing services export, worth $4.6 billion and supporting 21,000 jobs.

India is the state’s second-largest source market for students.

International education and training is identified as Queensland’s second-most valuable services export (after tourism) in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Ajay Ramasubramaniam

Ajay Ramasubramaniam from Zone Startups.

Eobin George

Eobin George from Perfit 3D.

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NQ farmers train next generation of Japanese ag experts

Nine Japanese agriculture students will spend 2019 living and training with farmers in the Whitsunday region as part of a new international education program.

Nine Japanese agriculture students will spend 2019 living and training with farmers in the Whitsunday region as part of a new international education program.

The Whitsunday Agri-Knowledge Sharing Project will give 5 female and 4 male students practical on-farm training to complement their classroom studies already completed in Japan.

The project, an Australian first, is a collaboration between the Bowen Gumlu Growers Association, Whitsunday Regional Council, TAFE Queensland and Study Queensland.

Study Queensland Executive Director Shannon Willoughby said the project was a win-win for regional Queensland and Japan’s agriculture sector.

‘International education and training is helping to diversify the Whitsunday region economy, and Japan’s future agriculture leaders are sharing in Queensland’s agricultural skills and expertise,’ she said.

‘The project also has the potential to extend into the future and attract agriculture students from other countries.

‘By supporting this first cohort of students to have a memorable and positive experience, we can create ambassadors for Queensland and attract further students to the region in coming years.’

The Japanese students’ North Queensland experience will begin with a month of English classes at Bowen TAFE before they move to on-farm activities.

The students will then work with local growers to learn Australian horticultural practices, including laying plastics, irrigation, planting, picking, packing and organic growing.

Five local farms, a seedling company and agronomy business will be involved, including growers of beans, corn, tomatoes, capsicums, cucumbers, pumpkins and mangoes.

Study Queensland worked with TIQ’s Japan office and TIQ Mackay to connect with the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council and the collaborating North Queensland groups.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Japan Tak Adachi said the project had the potential to contribute to trade outcomes in the future.

‘Bringing together the next generation of Japanese agricultural leaders with local Queensland farmers has great potential,’ he said.

‘It can contribute to a better understanding of opportunities arising from the Japan–Australia free trade agreement, and hopefully help to stimulate more agricultural trade between Queensland and Japan, especially from regional Queensland.’

The Whitsunday Agri-Knowledge Sharing Project is co-funded by the International Education and Training Partnership Fund under the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.

It was initiated by the Bowen Chamber of Commerce and also supported by the Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3).

The project launched in Bowen on Thursday 14 March.

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Kerb app team wins Toyota Hackathon

The team behind Kerb, Queensland’s own parking app, has taken out the Toyota Hackathon and is taking the world by storm with help from TIQ.

The team behind Kerb, Queensland’s own parking app, has taken out the first-ever Toyota Hackathon and is taking the world by storm with help from TIQ.

Kerb – sometimes called the Airbnb of parking – unlocks underutilised parking spaces in private driveways and other empty spaces to allow owners to rent out these spaces for a daily, weekly or monthly fee.

Founded in Brisbane in 2016 by locals Rob Brown and Matt Salmon, Kerb is now live in 15 countries, with plans to launch in another 18 countries in the near future.

And, in what is proving a landmark year for the company, the Kerb team also took out the inaugural Toyota Hackathon in Melbourne in late February.

Kerb Global Sales and Marketing Manager Harriet Harvey said the app was the world’s first self-service car park platform and had been welcomed everywhere it had launched.

‘Parking is a problem in every country and we have had a great response from some unexpected places,’ Ms Harvey said.

‘We now have a staff member on the ground in Ireland, for example, and the Netherlands was also a surprise.

‘We get emails from all over the world every day from people asking when we plan to launch in their city.’

Ms Harvey said winning the Toyota Hackathon was another step in Kerb’s global journey, with a trip to Japan now scheduled.

‘Kerb was invited to compete against five other teams in Melbourne to solve Toyota’s business problems,’ she said.

‘Firstly, to bring an existing application into an in-vehicle experience and, secondly, to utilise vehicle signals to promote new in-vehicle experiences.

‘The Kerb development team successfully integrated with Toyota’s SDL head units to allow Toyota owners to instantly book parking on the go, retrieve existing booking information and even open the boom gate or garage door from the in-car head unit.’

The Toyota Hackathon prize will see Kerb team-members visit Tokyo, the SDL team and the Toyota Mobility Centre.

‘A partnership with Toyota is now possible, which proves how advanced our platform is technically and also proves to future investors that we are doing what we say we will,’ Ms Harvey said.

‘We’re also working with TIQ to connect with new partners across the world.

‘This year will be massive for Kerb.’

Supporting Queensland start-ups is one of the priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

If you have a tech product you think could succeed in export markets, connect with TIQ.

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Queensland export deals a tasty legacy of GC2018

Two Queensland food companies are celebrating their first export deals after taking part in a buyers’ showcase event organised by TIQ during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Two Queensland food companies are celebrating their first export deals after taking part in a buyers’ showcase event organised by TIQ during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Gold Coast company Dairy Free Down Under and Brisbane-based Youfoodz both secured export orders as a result of the Brookwater showcase event.

Dairy Free Down Under received its first export order for its range of non-dairy cheeses, which were shipped to the Middle East.

Director Kevin Flanagan said taking the first steps into exporting was exciting for the company.

‘We launched our Dairy Free Down Under range in March 2018 and we have managed to spread ourselves across Australia in a short amount of time but there are a number of dairy-free products coming in to Australia from overseas,’ Mr Flanagan said.

‘I began thinking that we should also be competing with them over there.’

Youfoodz, producer of ready-made meals, snacks and beverages, has sent its first shipment of cold-pressed juice, protein ice-cream and protein balls to Malaysia and the Middle East.

Chief Business Development Manager Aidan Gordon said the company met their buyer at the showcase and then cemented the relationship by joining TIQ’s trade mission to the Food and Hotel Asia trade show in Singapore.

‘The buyer tried our WheyWhip ice-cream range and loved it,’ Mr Gordon said.

‘This led to … the WheyWhip brand, which also includes a range of protein balls, being stocked across several retailers in the Middle East.’

‘These events are a great platform to showcase your wares to buyers and also meet and build relationships with other fantastic Australian brands that are in different stages of their export journey.’

The Brookwater showcase was held as part of the Trade 2018 program that ran in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

If you’re a Queensland food producer interested in exporting, contact TIQ today.