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!

We are still having some incredible people jumping into our program – but to help you with working out what’s right for you……

Deep Dive into Innovation

Monday 7th June 2021


Perfect for the self employed solopreneur or microbusiness owners who are just starting out or wanting to get back to the foundations and pack their tool kit with some practical skills, learnings and networking, whilst walking away with the next steps to take with creating your own hustle calendar.

With thanks to Y(E)P Entrepreneurship Facilitators Cairns this event is free for you to attend, however you still must register.

Join us for the Tropical Innovation Welcome Reception where we will celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation, and introduce you to a few faces that you will hear from across the week.

The Conference Days

Tuesday & Wednesday 8th and 9th June 2021

Although the word conference sounds a little dull, it does not really give justice with what to expect for these two days.  Across three rooms will be simultaneous masterclasses, lunches, showcases and sessions which you can choose your own adventure for what is best for you.

Depending on your package, you will be able to access various sessions throughout the day.  And when all the hard work is done, join us for the networking events each evening pool side at the Novotel Hotel.

on the Reef

Thursday 10th June, 2021

Innovators on the reef is a conference with a difference – it is a world-first conference on the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.

The event held on the luxurious superyacht, Evolution will bring together over 100 innovators including entrepreneurs, investors, startups, and ecosystem supporters.

The day will be filled with inspiration and learning combined with plenty of time for snorkeling, sunbathing, connecting, and networking with other innovators.

Ecosystem Leaders and Community Day

A how-to approach: Friday 11th June

For those that are joining us today, we know you want to make a difference, to build and contribute to an eco-system, not only in your community, but connecting in with others throughout Australia and the rest of the world. 

Over the course of the week, your network has strengthened, and over the course of this full day session, we will hear from those who are great at what they do.  You will be provided with the tools, checklists and resources about what you can do to engage the community, attract new members and supporters and identify opportunities to strengthen the program.

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.