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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!


The Tropical Innovation Festival is held during the beautiful warm winter months in Cairns. With most of the events being held at the Novotel Oasis Cairns which is centrally located and just minutes from the Cairns airport. We say most, as one of the highlights of the week will be boarding the Evolution reef boat and heading out to the Great Barrier reef where we will laugh, learn and dive with those that create the ecosystem – the Investors, Founders, Community Leaders, Mentors, Innovators, CEO’s and more!

Program Overview


Cathie Reid


Co-founder of the Epic group, professional speaker and philanthropist.



Dinesh Palipana OAM is an Australian doctor, lawyer, disability advocate.


Founding managing director of Greencross Ltd and professional investor.


Co-founder of GO1 & practicing medical doctor.


Professional non-executive director and venture capitalist.

Lunch & Learns

Each weekday during the festival an informal lunch & learn will help you understand a topic and learn from our expert presenter’s experience. The lunch is informal in nature, jam packed with gold nuggets 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.

Evening Networking Events 

Networking events in the evening take the form of short, sharp presentations and panels with plenty of time to network and connect with entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and ecosystem leaders. The evening networking events are themed including healthtech, edtech and Indigenous Innovation along with opening and closing networking events.

Breakfast Networking Events

Enjoy a delicious breakfast while listening to an inspiring keynote speaker and learning from a panel of experts within the topic. Over the innovation festival, four breakfasts will be held in the themes of sport, health, commercialisation and organizational innovation.


Over the week, eight two-hour 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.