Innovate Moreton Bay exists to build and harness the collaborative networks of innovative communities across the Moreton Bay Region, by fostering an innovation ecosystem that seeks to be nationally recognised as a location of choice for investors, innovators, and entrepreneurs.
A key objective of the Innovate Moreton Bay brand is to be welcoming of all contributors and newcomers in the local innovation ecosystem and seek to maintain a high reputation for trusted and useful content serving the Moreton Bay Region innovation ecosystem.
In 2021, City of Moreton Bay embarked upon an ambitious agenda and adopted the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS). A new direction has been created that will drive a bigger and bolder region, and a brighter future for residents over the next twenty years. Growth targets were created with corresponding tactics and actions to make Moreton Bay a $40 billion economy by 2041. As well as creating 100,000 new high-value jobs and Moreton Bay becoming a top 10 regional innovation hub. With the innovation agenda in mind, Council put to market a tender to deliver innovation programming for the region. Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism (MBRIT) was the successful contractor. MBRIT had demonstrated a strong track record with their Innovate Moreton Bay program over the previous years and outlined a vision to further the regional economy and deliver upon the REDS strategy. This two-year impact report represents collaborative efforts by #TeamMoretonBay in delivering this significant investment. It involves numerous other stakeholders, community and business leaders, resulting in a genuinely collaborative #TeamMoretonBay effort! Our sincere thanks are reserved for City of Moreton Bay. This impact report represents deliverables under contract for both the 2022 and 2023 calendar years, and we hope that both current and future collaborators will continue the journey with us into 2024.
City of Moreton Bay is the primary funder of the Innovate Moreton Bay program, delivered by MBRIT. It exists to build and harness the collaborative networks of innovative communities across the region, by fostering an innovation ecosystem that seeks to be nationally recognised as a location of choice for investors, innovators, and entrepreneurs. A key objective of the Innovate Moreton Bay brand is to be welcoming of all contributors and newcomers in the local innovation ecosystem and seek to maintain a high reputation for trusted and useful content serving the City of Moreton Bay's innovation ecosystem.
In 2016, MBRIT coordinated and led a regional response to the Queensland Government’s Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP) and was successful in securing $500,000 to deliver innovation services under the Innovate Moreton Bay program across four years. This program was governed by a group of volunteer committee members and outcomes were reported on a regular basis to the Queensland Government. In 2020, ARIP funding ceased, and this began the new chapter of Innovate Moreton Bay.
Innovate Moreton Bay's program is now funded by City of Moreton Bay and through collaboration, sponsorship and sweat equity of partners and volunteers. Knowledge, innovation, entrepreneurship, and business start-ups are important features in any modern economy. The strength of Moreton Bay’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem resides in the development of programs to support the REDS objective of becoming a top 10 regional knowledge and innovation hub. New business start-ups provide jobs and can expand exponentially, encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in young people. This will help contribute to building a more dynamic and brighter economy across the City of Moreton Bay.
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For the past two years, Innovate Moreton Bay in partnership with City of Moreton Bay has been on a mission to pull together industry, business and community partners from around Moreton Bay to achieve the goals of the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS), launched in February 2021.
The goal? To achieve the ambitions of the REDS and create a world-class destination for the future, right here in Moreton Bay - to make our region bigger, bolder, brighter.
Team Moreton Bay (#TeamMoretonBay) is more than a team; it’s a movement. It’s a collaboration across business, industry, and the community of Moreton Bay who believe that we can develop our region to be a destination of choice across Queensland, Australia, and the world.
How we do this?
Regional Innovation Coordinator (RIC) – Steve Butler
Employed by MBRIT, Steve Butler in his role as RIC is the primary face of the Innovate Moreton Bay program. Steve has a strong track-record in the local community and works collaboratively with not only City of Moreton Bay and MBRIT, but also the wider innovation ecosystem.
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“ For many years I embarked on a start-up journey that took me to some exciting places, but also some very challenging places. Back then, I wish I had the opportunity to connect with an ecosystem of likeminded individuals that wanted to see me succeed and might even be able to lend a hand on the way.
For me, it’s this firsthand knowledge of the good, the bad and the ugly journey that founders, entrepreneurs and even established businesses go through, that makes me excited about what we’re doing here in Moreton Bay, and the difference we’re making.
With City of Moreton Bay leading charge, we’ve come a long way in just a few short years, to build a thriving and connected ecosystem of likeminded thinkers and tinkers. And it’s just the beginning.”
The annual calendar of events is presented by City of Moreton Bay and proudly delivered by Innovate Moreton Bay. Featuring Creative Industries Demo Day, Techstars Startup Weekend Moreton Bay, Teacher Professional Development Coding & Robotics Workshop, Moreton Bay Region 2022 Innovations Day and Sustainability Demo Day 2023
The annual calendar of workshops and speaker events are presented by City of Moreton Bay and proudly delivered by Innovate Moreton Bay. Featuring Startups are Hard with Peter Laurie, The Future of Gaming and Immersive Technology – What this means for Industry, Ultimate Pitch Workshop: How to Get What you Want, Investment Readiness Workshop: Preparing for a Successful Funding Journey and The Story of Founders: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.
Innovate Moreton Bay case studies series, proudly presented by City of Moreton Bay, showcases businesses across the Moreton Bay Region which are doing innovative things aligned with the Innovate Moreton Bay program. The case studies featured Spatial Innovation, Metromatics, TechForGood, Teleln, Concrete Data Sensors, Blind Bats, Ozius Biome and Phoenix Laser.