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Overperforming most other regional economies in its rate of growth, the Sunshine Coast is an attractive business destination for entrepreneurs worldwide.

Notable Startups
startup iconBlue Sky Creations
startup iconCommission Factory
startup iconID Care
Top Coworking Spaces
startup iconThe Hive Sunshine Coast
startup iconCoastal Coworking
startup iconInnovation Centre Sunshine Coast
Top Accelerators
startup iconThe Refinery
startup iconAustralian Health Accelerator
startup iconSanad Capital
Notable Organizations
startup iconINVEST Sunshine Coast
startup iconRegional Development Australia Sunshine Coast
startup iconUniversity of the Sunshine Coast
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Key Stats of the Sunshine Coast Startup Ecosystem

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Top Industries
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Energy & Environment
#56 worldwide
Foodtech icon
Foodtech
#57 worldwide
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Hardware & IoT
#93 worldwide
Ecosystem Rankings
National ranking
6th
In Australia
Regional Ranking
8th
In Australia and Oceania
Global Ranking
243rd
worldwide

Sunshine Coast Ecosystem Landscape

Main Investment Initiatives
Taxes and Incentives
  • Queensland has the lowest payroll tax: no payroll tax is due for wages and salaries below A$1.1 million.
  • The Ignite Ideas Fund: by the Queensland government provides funds to Queensland-based small to medium businesses that have high-growth potential. Since 2016, Queensland’s Business Development Fund has supported more than 50 Queensland start-ups through funding.
    Investor Landscape
    • Suncoast Angels is an angel investor network that facilitates seed capital investment and organizes regular pitch events.

    • ProtoAtlantic – an accelerator program focused on promoting and developing the maritime sector in the Canary Islands.

    • Advance Queensland has partnered with the US Department of State and Silicon Valley-based Entrepreneur Futures Network (EFN) to deliver the Empower Program. The program gives female entrepreneurs across Queensland the opportunity to connect and learn from experienced female mentors in the United States.

    • SunRamp Healthtech Accelerator helps healthcare startups scale, focusing on later-stage startups.

    Notable events
    • Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast – a fast-paced weekend-long event with a good mix of technical and non-technical background attendees, pitching their ideas, mapping customer needs and services and developing working prototypes to present at the end of the weekend.

    • Generation Innovation – empowers young entrepreneurs to pursue innovative ideas and offers the tools and guidance needed to succeed. Open to Sunshine Coast residents between the ages of 15-25.

    • Silicon Coast – is an online community that tries to mimic an innovative culture akin to Silicon Valley. The group works to promote business creation, connect entrepreneurs, and facilitate entrepreneurial events on the Sunshine Coast.

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Why Sunshine Coast is a great City to live in

Located in the state of Queensland in Australia, the Sunshine Coast is a popular holiday destination as well as a great place to relocate to. The scenic views, an active lifestyle and growing economy are the major attractions of this region. By 2040, the population in the Sunshine Coast is expected to double owing to its popularity as a relocation destination in Australia and the world.

Why Sunshine Coast is a great city to live in
Population
350k
as of 2019
GDP
$8,830
per capita
Cost of Living
$1,740
per person and month
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