Innovation and entrepreneurship

Our city’s economy is developing an increasingly diversified base, with this transformation being driven by an innovative and entrepreneurial business culture.

Through key incentives provided by the Queensland Government, we are focusing on the emerging industries of the future to build on the Gold Coast’s capabilities in digital technology, medical research, software development, e-commerce services and aerospace industries.

We are a city of more than 70,000 businesses with a workforce of more than 300,000 people. Almost one in four workers run their own business and our success in many of these fields is being globally recognised.

The Gold Coast is driven by youthful ambition and guided by the experience, skills and entrepreneurial flair of the people who have recognised the potential of our city.

Education, health services and manufacturing have joined our traditional growth markets of tourism and construction. They have become inseparable economic ingredients that enhance the stability and sustainability of our growth.

Our education sector is vital to our innovation economy, a hotbed for start-ups and cutting-edge technology that has changed the way we do business forever. Collaborations between our business owners and our universities is driving new momentum in the start-up space.

Griffith University’s Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies Institute (ADaPT) is leading the way in next-generation biomedical and industrial applications. It is collaborating with industries working as a service unit for Griffith researchers and external clients adapting to the future of advanced design, manufacturing and medicine.

Collaborations such as these are even transforming our traditional growth markets of tourism and property development, bringing diversity and sustainability to the fore.

This is the new age of Gold Coast entrepreneurs where innovation meets our vision for the future.

Learn more about the City’s Procurement of Innovation.