Queensland Government will retain position of Chief Entrepreneur

Media statement: Thursday 4 March

Queensland Government will retain position of Chief Entrepreneur

The Palaszczuk Government will retain the position of Queensland Chief Entrepreneur to work hand in hand with the support of a new Advisory Council.

“Supporting business and new investment is a key part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery,” the Premier said.

“If someone has a good idea that could generate jobs, of course we should support them.

“We’ve seen terrific innovations here in Queensland as we needed to change how things were done during the pandemic.

“I believe that new ideas and new start-ups will be vital as we continue to recover and there remains a strong need for the Chief Entrepreneur within any revised structure for ongoing start-up support.”

Innovation Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Advisory Council would enhance the work of the new Chief Entrepreneur.

“It will maximise the help available to start-ups and scale-ups to open doors to the expertise and networks they need to succeed in the new economy,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland strategy works; we’ve supported 25,500 Queensland jobs since the program was set up.

“Just last month, I visited a Queensland robotics design and manufacturing start-up in Kedron creating new local jobs after securing a $1.7 million military contract with the assistance of Advance Queensland.

“And there are many more Queensland innovators cracking international markets with the guidance and connections of the Chief Entrepreneur’s Office and the Advance Queensland program.

“We’ve also committed $100 million to a business investment fund to support small to medium businesses to innovate, reach their potential and create Queensland jobs for our COVID-19 economic recovery.”

Recruitment of a new Chief Entrepreneur is underway.