People with big ideas

Six of Queensland’s most successful entrepreneurs and business people will visit Goondiwindi on Tuesday, March 7.

It’s part ofa four-day, 10-stop tour through regional Queensland to encourage others to take the leap, change their lives and become entrepreneurs. Organised by the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, the tour is designed to inspire current and future trailblazers and help cement Queensland’s reputation as the #startupstate.

It’s led by Mark Sowerby, Queensland’s first Chief Entrepreneur and founder of Blue Sky Alternative Investments.

The groupwill share “life-changing stories” through a series of workshops, events and Q&A sessions that will involve the entire community, from schoolchildren and budding “kidpreneurs”to local business, industry leaders and angel investors.

The tour will also be a chance for Mr Sowerbyto meet with communities throughout the state, to hear their stories and gain insight into the challenges and opportunities entrepreneurs face in Goondiwindi. A breakfast event on Tuesday,March 7 from 7am–11am, at Goondiwindi Cinema will begin with a panel discussion, followed by breakout Q&A sessions drawing on the unique experiences of each entrepreneur:

Patrice Brown will speak on on women in business; Lucas Patchett on social enterprises in the entrepreneurial space; Steve Baxter (entrepreneur, investor, ‘shark’ on Network Ten’s Shark Tank) and Stephen Phillips on investing in innovation; Mark Sowerby on supporting young entrepreneurs.

The event will close with a discussion over morning tea on how Goondiwindi can support its entrepreneurs. Mark Sowerby said entrepreneurs living in regional Queensland had a distinctive edge.

“The drive and tenacity needed to succeed from rural and remote areas creates unparalleled resilience, problem solving skills and persistence – key ingredients for successful entrepreneurs. It means those who overcome these barriers to entry early on already have an edge on the competition and are set up for success,” Mr Sowerby said.

“We want to meet these people and find out how we can support them to take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey, and hope this tour will empower regional Queenslanders to take the plunge, back themselves and each other, and to change their lives by becoming entrepreneurs.”

Born in Cloncurry and raised in Emerald, entrepreneur Steve Baxter said he was proud to be accompanying the chief entrepreneur on this trip.

“Queensland is not only the best state but is also a lot more than Brisbane. I know all too well the opportunity for entrepreneurship to thrive in these areas,” Mr Baxter said. To register, go to https://苏州美甲美睫培训eventbrite苏州美甲美睫培训419论坛/e/queensland-chief-entrepreneur-visits-goondiwindi-tickets-32246526228.

Mark Sowerby, Queensland’s first Chief Entrepreneur, is coming to Goondiwindi on March 7.

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