26 September 2023

Office leads way to low-carbon innovations

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The Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur is encouraging the State’s innovators and entrepreneurs to share their solutions to help businesses and communities reduce emissions, transition to renewable energy and support good jobs.

Expressions of interested have opened for the Office’s pilot Low Carbon Accelerator Program which will work with Queensland’s most dynamic entrepreneurs to develop products and services for a sustainable future.

Minister for the Environment, Meaghan Scanlon said business and communities had made it clear they wanted to take action on climate change.

“It’s our State’s brightest minds and best innovators that will be the key to helping them come up with and implement solutions that will reduce emissions and protect our great lifestyle,” Ms Scanlon said.

Chief Entrepreneur, Wayne Gerard said the Low Carbon Accelerator Program aimed to identify climate-related challenges that could be solved by Queensland companies.

“It will help to reduce our use of fossil fuels or the impact of climate change on our communities, environment and economy, while providing long-term benefits for all Queenslanders,” Mr Gerard (pictured) said.

“The program will also help to position Queensland as a leading global climate solutions hub, to attract talent, investment and creating jobs for more Queenslanders.”

In Stage One of the program 20 participants will be invited to complete a two-day selection boot-camp where they will be assessed for potential to advance to Stage Two.

In Stage Two, 10 participants will receive $10,000 to direct resources over a six-week period to develop a robust business plan and secure a contract with an established industry partner.

Stage Three will see five participants offered a funded Proof of Concept (pilot) opportunity, and receive grants of between $20,000 and $80,000, matched by their industry partner.

Mr Gerard said the program would culminate in a showcase event demonstrating the outcomes achieved.

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