As part of Queensland’s Small Business Month (QSBM), we’re celebrating dynamic local businesses that are taking their Queensland products global.

HavenXR’s technology merges physical and virtual by mixing cinematic storytelling, virtual reality and deep sensory immersion through temperature, smell, and movement and plans now to break into the Malaysian market with support from TIQ’s Go Global Export Program.

The matched funding grants of up to $25,000 help Queensland businesses take their products and services to the world by overcoming common exporting barriers faced when entering new markets, including accreditation, logistics, packing and product trials. 

Since its launch in February 2020, the Go Global Export Program has provided over $3.6 million in total grant funding, delivered almost $39 million in export outcomes, and created 133 new jobs. 

HavenXR CEO and founder Tracy Whitelaw said the Go Global Export Program grant had given her company the confidence to start their export journey into Malaysia.

“The thought of taking our unique entertainment product into an overseas market was both exciting and daunting,” she said.

“We knew of the success stories of TIQ helping Queensland businesses with their export ambitions and, as a first-time exporter, thought it would be of great benefit to us to leverage their vast global network, not only in this initial move overseas but also as our expansion plans grow.

“Building on this partnership with TIQ, we are certainly more confident to grow our international business further by gaining clarity in identifying the potential of new markets in the years to come.

“The plan is to open 30 HavenXR centres in Southeast Asia over three years and a potential 200 in China in five years.”

Trade and Investment Queensland CEO Justin McGowan said HavenXR was an example of TIQ supporting small Queensland businesses with vision and tenacity to take their product to the world.

“Queensland businesses continue to prove that our state produces products and services of exceptional quality that are increasingly in demand around the world,” he said.

“Ongoing support and investment in our exporters is critical as these businesses show that when we stand behind Queensland exporters they unequivocally deliver.”

Each May, QBSM sets out to highlight, celebrate and support the thousands of small businesses operating across the state.

Queensland is home to more than 482,000 small businesses – 97 per cent of all business – that contribute around $117 billion to the state economy each year.

About Trade and Investment Queensland

Trade and Investment Queensland is the Queensland Government’s dedicated global business agency with representation in 16 countries, across 21 locations, with 12 Trade and Investment Commissioners covering seven regions around the world. TIQ helps Queensland companies access international markets and facilitates foreign investments in the state. Contact us here