Over 200 climate tech founders, investors, mentors and supporters packed out The Precinct for the inaugural Queensland Climate Tech Showcase held of August 17, in partnership with the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur.
Climate Salad founder and CEO, Mick Liubinskas kicked off the evening with reverse pitch from investors; Beth Keddie of Pollination, Christine Devlin of Wollemi Capital, Philippe Ceulen of Mandalay Ventures and Tom Kline of Investible.
Followed by electrifyingly quick 30 second pitches from climate tech companies, accelerators and people;
- David Jones founder of Airconnect
- Katrina Donaghy founder of Civicledger
- Dominic Spooner founder of Vaulta
- Camille Socquet-Clerc founder of Bloom-impact
- Kiarne Treacy founder of Sustainablechoice
- Sara Richardson founder of Leakster
- Sean Wade-McCue founder of Powerlake
- Alexandra Satzinger founder of Zero Fins
- Craig O'Kane founder of Everledger
- David Small founder of Defining Future Solutions
- Callum Gillman of Tidalmaster
- Tim Hill founder of Essential-wes
- Ash Baxter founder of Montycompost
- Greg Perkins founder of Wildfireenergy
- Brian Keayes cofounder of Earthtech
- Jeremy Biggs founder of Misio
- Charith Rathnayaka of USC
- Mitchell Board founder of Katalyst.earth
- Cliff Benns founder of Sustainablefoodathome
- Tim Silverwood co-founder of Ocean Impact Org
- Natalie Hurtado founder of Arteh
- Victoria Kiomall founder of Climatevic
- Andy Hill founder of Planet-price
- James Grugeon cofounder of Good Beer Co and Sobah collaboration for the reef
- Liz Henderson founder of Avodahglobal
- Gavin Keeley founder of EngineerFusion
- Phil Nyssen founder of Aidhub
- Teresa Aylott of Leafresources
- Michael Fox founder of Fablefood
Huge thank you to our partners:
And to our supporters Fable Foods, Taylor's Wines & Packamama, Hawkes Brewing and Heaps Normal supply delicious climate friendly food and drink, and if you’d like to try some Sobah non-alcoholic beer that supports First Nation women to protect the Great Barrier Reef - check out this Good Beer Co collab.
And if you happen to be looking for a ridiculously tasty, climate friendly and First Nation owned and run catering business, look no further than FigJam who supplied our delicious food on the night, along with Fable meaty mushroom burritos from GyG.
Also launched on the night was Mandalay's Low Carbon Accelerator Program with applications open for support and proof of concept grants. "The program will also help to position Queensland as a leading global climate solutions hub, to attract talent, investment and create jobs for more Queenslanders," Wayne Gerard, Queensland Chief Entrepreneur. You can catch all the action below with the recording from the evening's activities.
The team is absolutely blown away by the depth and breadth of the climate tech ecosystem in Queensland. Home to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, home to the only place in the world with three UNESCO biosphere reserves placed side by side. And also Australia’s leading state for biodiversity, Queensland is rich with natural capital and open to opportunities for climate tech growth with a net zero Olympics planned for 2032. We have a decade to get there but I do believe Queensland could be a climate tech innovation powerhouse.
Huge shout out to the collaborative effort of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur team, who, without their support, this showcase would not have been possible!