Brisbane’s budding entrepreneurs to grow with startup funding

Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs
Mia Hickey - Estate Space

From long-range mapping drones to an app to sell your own home, nine Brisbane startups have been awarded funding grants in the latest round of the Lord Mayor’s Budding Entrepreneurs Program.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the program, run by Brisbane Marketing’s Digital Brisbane team, had identified some of the city’s brightest new ideas. 

“Each successful entrepreneur is given a grant of up to $5,000 for professional development, which not only offers the opportunity to take their idea to the next level but also provides endorsement and feedback from a panel of business leaders,” Cr Quirk said.

“The process is very competitive with this round receiving more than 120 applications.

“Start-ups have huge growth potential. Supporting the development of these entrepreneurs while they are in the early stages of these businesses sets them up for success and contributes to Brisbane’s thriving knowledge economy.” 

Judging panel member and Brisbane Chief Digital Officer Cat Matson said round eight of the program had yielded some fabulous talent. 

“We’ve just awarded our youngest ever budding entrepreneur,” she said.

“At just 15 years old, Mitchell Robinson has founded IDU Digital Identification, a smartphone system that will help prevent underage teenagers purchasing alcohol or gaining access to bars and clubs.

“We’ve also had some incredible innovation in the 3D visualisation space, with one successful applicant promising an auditing service for telcos’ towers. This could offer real cost savings to the companies by reducing site visits to a needs basis.

“Also among the group of impressive business ideas is a mobile app which would give home owners the tools to sell their own home, pocketing what was previously lost through agent fees.

“We’re looking forward to mentoring the entrepreneurs through the next six months as they grow and shape their capabilities.”

The judging panel featured City of Brisbane Chief Digital Officer, Cat Matson; Little Tokyo Two Founder, Jock Fairweather; Commercial Engagement Director at UniQuest, Jennifer George; and Aaron Birkby, CEO of Startup Catalyst.

Meet the winners of the latest round of the Lord Mayor's Budding Entrepreneurs Program.