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New grants to boost Brisbane’s brightest

Nominations are open for two grant opportunities, The Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur program and the Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer grant.

New grants to help Brisbane win global conventions

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is inviting Brisbane’s ambitious early-career professionals and researchers to apply for a share of $30,000 to help the city attract leading international conventions and conferences to Brisbane.

The Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant, run by Brisbane Marketing's Business Events team, provides recipients with funding to attend an international association conference in their field to help pave the way for Brisbane to host the conference in the future.

Business Events General Manager Juliet Alabaster said the grant was one way Brisbane could grow its reputation as a global conventions city while developing the city’s emerging talent.

“Conventions and business events generated more than $257 million for Brisbane’s economy in 2016/17. We want to build on that by hosting more conferences that attract the world’s leading minds to our city,” Ms Alabaster said.

“We’re looking for applicants who demonstrate passion and leadership in their field, and who can shine a spotlight on Brisbane’s expertise and make valuable connections to help our city secure conferences for the future.”

Applications close on 30 January 2019. To view the criteria or to apply, visit

New grants for Brisbane entrepreneurs

Brisbane’s best and brightest entrepreneurs have another opportunity to access grants to help them compete in emerging global industries.

The third round of the Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Program, run by Brisbane Marketing’s Digital Brisbane team, offers businesses up to $5000 towards accessing professional programs aimed to help them enter new markets and scale their business.

Brisbane Chief Digital Officer Cat Matson said the program was an initiative of the Digital Brisbane 2.0 strategy and continued the city’s commitment to supporting top talent.

“Brisbane’s businesses have huge growth potential, and the grant will help some of the city’s most enterprising businesses reach new customers, investors or overseas markets,” Ms Matson said.

“There’s a wealth of great businesses doing amazing things in Brisbane and we want to help them grow as local ventures, to create a ripple effect of benefits for the rest of the community.

“The program is designed to create new opportunities by enabling recipients to participate in acceleration programs, industry trade shows or obtain professional advice for expanding and scaling.”

Applications for round three of the Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Program close soon. For more information, visit