The 4th quarterly Artesian Investor Update and Early-Stage Innovation Briefing was held at KPMG offices in Brisbane on 9 December 2015.
The focus of the meeting was “How Queensland is Building a Thriving Startup Ecosystem”.
The investor panel included Bernie Woodcroft (ilab), Dianne Jeans (Queensland Government) and Gerard Davis (Australian Agricultural Company). The startup panel included Monica Davis (Rumbl), Tim Hodgkinson (Whispa) and Brad Parsons (Movus).
Research findings published by the Queensland Government in their Startup Ecosystem Report show how all the basic components one would expect in a healthy and growing startup community are in fact all present in Queensland – co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators, angel groups, commercialisation groups, early stage VCs and later stage VCs reveal an ecosystem that is at the beginning of great growth.
The 2015 Startup Muster Survey Report found that Queensland’s performance in terms of primary business location of startups (16.5%) was comparable to that of Victoria (18.0%), with 47% of participants utilising co-working.