We recently had a terrific gathering at James Cook University’s Engineering and Innovation Place for Townsville’s first North Queensland Sustainable Innovation Showcase.

The event spotlighted innovators from the NQ region, presenting a unique opportunity for local founders to engage with government representatives, investors, and key players in climate tech, circular economy, and sustainable innovation.

The showcase attracted over 100 attendees, equally divided amongst entrepreneurs, government representatives, university teaching staff and students, all sharing a common enthusiasm for discovery, exchange and connection.

The event served as a platform for innovators from the North Queensland region and beyond. It provided those attending with a unique opportunity to explore some of the exciting solutions at the forefront of climate tech, and to gain insights into the opportunities that sustainable innovation presents and how North Queensland can play an outsized role in this transformative shift. 

After hearing from an inspiring lineup of speakers, including Julia Spicer (QLD Chief Entrepreneur), Smart Precinct NQ CEO Cassandra Cazzulino, Georgia Barkell (Sprint VC), Peter Laurie (Junta) and Mick Liubinskas (Climate Salad), the event was closed by a vibrant pitch session where founders from 19 North Queensland and Far North Queensland companies showcased their solutions: Atlas Soils, Bio-Filament, Biomass Industries Australia, CHARM, Celsi, Circular Economy FNQ, Gabi Sturman, Infinite Bioworks, Lenaion Labs, Native Conifer Carbon Sink, Natural Filters, N-Drip, Nirrwara Global, Pacific Bio, Rainstick, Teleportal, The Third Element, Zeus AP, Zircon Firefly.  

A sincere thanks to JCU for allowing us to organise this event in their newly opened venue, the Engineering and Innovation Place. This is a stunning venue with a stellar eco design and top sustainability rating, we couldn’t have hoped for anything better.

A huge shout out to the wonderful team at Smart Precinct NQ, the home of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in North Queensland.

And also a big thanks to our partners at the Queensland Government, the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, Advance Queensland, and Trade and Investment Queensland for their steadfast support and dedication to nurturing the innovation ecosystem in North Queensland. 

We’re looking forward to continuing our collaboration with them and hope to return to Townsville in the near future!

May 1, 2024

More from 



View All

Join Our Newsletter and Get the Latest
Posts to Your Inbox

No spam ever. Read our Privacy Policy
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.