Local entrepreneurs grow beyond Brisbane with Lord Mayor grants
A start-up creating potentially life-saving wearable devices for domestic violence victims and a local company designing lab-standard testing technology for the world’s elite sporting teams are among the entrepreneurial ideas awarded funding in the latest Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Program.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced 11 successful recipients today following a competitive judging process of 190 submissions.
“This is the largest number of submissions we’ve received for any of the funding rounds, demonstrating the thriving entrepreneurial talent and in-demand skills available right here in Brisbane,” Cr Quirk said.
“The grants offer a boost to local businesses – so we retain this talent in Brisbane, help these businesses grow and enhance their chances of creating new employment opportunities for residents.
Judging panellist and Brisbane Chief Digital Officer Cat Matson said the program assisted entrepreneurs to grow their businesses beyond Brisbane’s boundaries.
“Among the recipients is Vald Performance, a local business making and distributing testing equipment currently being used by sporting clubs and human movement specialists around the world,” Ms Matson said.
“Vald will use the grant funds to establish a media room to enable more skype meetings overseas and interstate – something they say will help to keep their business here in Brisbane.
“Another recipient, Commsync, has developed and piloted a wearable device that connects those at risk of violence with an emergency network at the touch of button.