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Cairns Innovation Ecosystem Contributors

Below are entities and organisations which have been identified as key contributors to the Cairns Innovation Ecosystem.

Cairns Chamber of Commerce

The Cairns Chamber of Commerce is focused on making it easier for local business to increase exposure, take advantage of networking opportunities, and access information and services.

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FNQ Angels

FNQ Angels is the first local angel investor network for locals to invest in local start-ups. The concept is about providing capital funding, mentoring, and business connections.

FNQ Food Incubator

The FNQ Food Incubator is a collective of food and drink manufacturers, marketers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs, providing opportunities and resources.

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Ignite FNQ

Ignite FNQ aims to enable a regionally-connected network of innovation by providing the tools, support services and training to build capacity and capability.

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TheSPACE believes that education, support, and leadership give you the tools necessary to rapidly turn your idea into a business.

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Startup Tablelands

Startup Tablelands is a Social Enterprise to collaboratively create an organisation delivering programs that give Tablelanders an entrepreneurial mindset, skillset and opportunity.

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TNQ Innovation Awards

The TNQ Innovation Awards recognise and reward progressive businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs from across the region.

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YEP is a free service with the objective of encouraging entrepreneurship in the Cairns and surrounding region. The service is funded by the Australian department of employment.

The Manufacturing Hub

To support the growth of regional manufacturers, $30 million has been invested into regional Manufacturing Hubs in Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton. Each hub will provide a place for local manufacturing businesses to receive expert advice and support to transition to advance manufacturing through world-leading technologies.