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.