Hundreds of locals inspired by Silicon Valley's finest

Maxine Steinmetz | May 2018

The Gold Coast continues to shine on the world stage post Commonwealth Games, with the city’s inaugural Business Week attracting international attention and praise from Silicon Valley’s finest.

Seven global entrepreneurs and tech experts were invited to the glitter strip on 15 May as part of Gold Coast Business Week’s flagship event Way Ahead. The event, which concluded at The Star Gold Coast, attracted 250 local business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs, giving them the opportunity to join the influential entrepreneurs as they shared industry trends, tips and insights on how to shape our economy, leadership and lifestyle.

Venture Capitalist Jacqueline Garavente said she was impressed by the locals during her visit to the city, “It’s very clear that there’s a lot of entrepreneurial spirit and talent in Queensland.”

Meanwhile, founder and CEO of marketing software company Integrate Jeremy Bloom said he may even invest in the Gold Coast, “I started a company 8 years ago and we’re trying to figure out where to expand in the Asia-Pacific and so we’re thinking Tokyo, or Sydney or potentially Brisbane. The Gold Coast wasn’t even on my radar until I came here and it’s quickly moving up the list because of quality of life.”

Way Ahead was one of 20 different events hosted by the City of Gold Coast which ran from 14 to 18 May. Over 1000 Gold Coasters attended sessions including workshops, masterclasses, networking functions and more.

Mayor Tom Tate said Business Week was vital for our city’s growth, “Our city’s economy is built on the back of small business.”

“Businesses employing two, three or 10 staff are what drives our economy” he said.

“Statistically, we are Australia’s small business capital with around 63,000 registered small businesses in a population of 580,000.”

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