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Celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship while being inspired, learning and connecting in Tropical North Queensland.

The Tropical Innovation Festival celebrates innovation with a week-long festival in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland featuring over 50 events, 60 speakers and the worlds-first conference on the world-heritage Great Barrier Reef.

The week-long festival boasts contributions from Global entrepreneurs, CEOs, Government leaders, Investors, innovation visionaries and razor-sharp subject matter experts. The program includes inspiring keynotes, learning events – workshops, lunch & learns and masterclasses, networking events, pitching opportunities, mentoring sessions and a bootcamp.

The vision for the Tropical Innovation Festival came from ambitious thinking from the team at Launch FNQ and a desire to create an event that is an ecosystem-wide, collaborative event… and besides, there are not many places in the world better to visit in June than Cairns.

Come connect with us, learn with us,
and dive the Great Barrier Reef!

Stream Intensives
9am - 4pm

- Investor Intensive: Hosted by Donna Patane, NQ Angels 
- Startup Intensive: Hosted by Peter Laurie, EIR Launch FNQ and RCL
- Ecosystem Intensive: Hosted By Dr Chad Renando, Startup Status 
- Combined lunch networking

Welcome Reception
5pm - 7pm 

- Welcome from Festival Directors and Mayor Bob Manning 
- Local startup demos

Welcome Reception
5pm - 7pm 

- Welcome from Festival Directors and Mayor Bob Manning 
- Local startup demos

Breakfast sessions
7:15am - 9am

- Breakfast included

Conference Program
9am - 5pm

- Lunch included
- Inspiring keynotes, panels, Q&As and freestyle information sharing 
- Startup showcases  
- Founder-only Masterminds
- Practical Masterclasses 
- Investor meetings 

Conference Program
9am - 5pm

- Lunch included
- Inspiring keynotes, panels, Q&As and freestyle information sharing 
- Startup showcases  
- Founder-only Masterminds
- Practical Masterclasses 
- Investor meetings 

Networking and Startup Demos 5:30pm - 7:30pm 

Networking and Startup Demos 5:30pm - 7:30pm 

Breakfast sessions
7:15am - 9am

- Breakfast included

Conference Program
9am - 5pm

- Lunch included
- Inspiring keynotes, panels, Q&As and freestyle information sharing 
- Startup showcases  
- Founder-only Masterminds
- Practical Masterclasses 
- Investor meetings 

Conference Program
9am - 5pm

- Lunch included
- Inspiring keynotes, panels, Q&As and freestyle information sharing 
- Startup showcases  
- Founder-only Masterminds
- Practical Masterclasses 
- Investor meetings 

Networking and Startup Demos 5:30pm - 7:30pm 

Networking and Startup Demos 5:30pm - 7:30pm 

Innovators on the Reef
7:30am - 4pm

- Inspiring keynotes
- Startup Demos 
- Learning Labs throughout the day 
- Opportunity to dive (or snorkel) the Great Barrier Reef 
- Networking all day 

After Party
5:30pm - 10pm 

- Closing remarks
- Celebration and Networking 

After Party
5:30pm - 10pm 

- Closing remarks
- Celebration and Networking 

Indigenous Innovation Roundtable
9:30am - 2pm

- Lunch Included
- Showcase, Group Workshop, On the couch session and key speakers.

FEATURE SPEAKERS

GLEN
RICHARDS

Founding managing director of Greencross Ltd and professional investor.

TIM
FUNG

Founder, CEO

ALISON
HILL

CDO

CHERYL
MACK

Startup Mentor, Advisor, & Angel Investor

BRAD
MORAN

Founder, Entrepreneur, Investor, Mentor

Lunch your way!

Each weekday during the festival a lunch & learn will help you understand a topic and learn from our expert presenter’s experience. Informal in nature and jam-packed with gold nuggets, all while enjoying a delicious lunch from the Novotel Oasis Resort. Lunch & Learns centre on providing knowledge yet providing enough time to have your questions answered. If you feel like having a brain break or meeting new and old friends, you can choose to have lunch in the networking area or for a brain and body break by the pool.

Evening Networking Events 

Networking events in the evening take the form of short, sharp pitches and presentations with a panel to spark ideas, conversation and imagination. You will have of time to network and connect with entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and ecosystem leaders. The evening networking events are included within conference tickets and can be purchased separately.

Breakfast Networking Events

Enjoy a delicious breakfast while listening to an inspiring keynote speaker and learning from a panel of experts.

Over the innovation festival, two breakfasts will be held.

Masterclasses

If you’re keen to deep dive into a topic, the mastermind workshops enable you to learn from subject matter experts in a small group, interactive environment. Over the week, six masterclasses allow you to understand a topic in more depth, solve your businesses problems and learn from people who have been there before. Masterclasses are informative and interactive and taught by Global subject matter experts in their areas.

We’re holding the Tropical Innovation Festival at the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, which means you can stay at the same location as the festival!

The Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort offers accommodation in the heart of Cairns, just a few minutes’ walk away from the Esplanades, restaurants, and shops.

To book, simply call 04 7080 1888 or email H0534@accor.com and quote ‘398452’ or ‘Tropical Innovation Festival’ for a special discount.

Discounted rates are available from the 19th-25th of June and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Festival Partners