Myriad Festival – attracting global innovators and investors – coming to Brisbane
Queensland‘s position as an international startup and tech hub will be strengthened when global entrepreneur megastars, innovation experts and venture capital investors converge on Brisbane next year.
The Myriad Festival 2017 will be held from 29-31 March in Brisbane and will boast an impressive line-up of key entrepreneurial leaders, international investment gurus, guest speakers and presenters.
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the three-day festival would build on the huge success of the 2016 Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit, held in April.
“The Myriad Festival will showcase Queensland’s startups and innovators, and will provide opportunities to meet with international and local investors. Queensland will be a mecca for tech entrepreneurs, innovators and investors,” she said.
“The world is searching for the next brilliant person or project to invest in, and we’re bringing investors to Queensland to find them.
“It is an exciting time for innovation in Queensland, Australia’s Startup State.”
Ms Enoch said following the summit’s success in 2016, the Palaszczuk Government secured international event company Myriad Technology Conferences to stage the annual event through to 2019.
“The Myriad team have created mega events in the northern hemisphere and now bring to Queensland some of the world’s biggest names in innovation and investment,” she said.
Already committed to Myriad Festival 2017 are NA3AM Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Prince Fahad Al Saud, a champion of female tech entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa region; 500 Startups Creative Director, Yiying Lu; and Josh Constine, Editor-at-large from online tech bible TechCrunch.
Myriad founder Murray Galbraith said it was their mission to make the Queensland festival the most impactful technology event in the southern hemisphere.
“Among the clear benefits for Queensland’s technology, startup and investment ecosystems, the festival is an opportunity to sell the cultural and lifestyle benefits of Queensland as a base for enterprise and innovation,” Mr Galbraith said.
“We want to emphasise the unique qualities of Queensland, as a base for enterprise and innovation; a place where startup and entrepreneurial culture is valued and supported by government and the community; and a place of great natural beauty, offering lifestyle benefits second to none.”
Minister Enoch said through the festival, the government would work with Myriad to join the dots between Australia, the Asia Pacific, Silicon Valley and beyond, enabling Queensland talent to connect and collaborate with global leaders and investors to enable future growth and jobs for Queenslanders.
Major partners for Myriad Festival 2017 include Suncorp, MYOB, Red Bull, Expedia, KPMG and the Impact Innovation Group.
Additional speakers and partners will be announced in the coming weeks.
Myriad Festival 2017 will be held at Brisbane’s Powerhouse Arts Centre from 29-31 March 2017. For more information, including early registration details, go to http://myriad.live/.