When Small Business Thinks Big


Join the Honourable Campbell Newman MP, Premier of Queensland and the Honourable Jann Stuckey MP, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the
Commonwealth Games for the launch of the second annual Queensland Small Business Week.

This is an opportunity not to be missed.  Queensland is a state renowned  for its diverse and innovative business community. Research  shows that business sentiment is high and Queensland is positioned well to build on our competitive strengths.  But what is happening beyond our local economy? Is Queensland’s entrepreneurial drive and determination translating to results on a global scale?

The Queensland Government has invited Professor Josh Lerner from Harvard Business School Read more

Registrations are open now for this Small Business Week event – don’t miss out on your complimentary ticket: Are you a small business TIGER? How do you become one?


Join the Honourable Jann Stuckey MP, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games for this invaluable event.

What is a small business tiger? Simply, a small business tiger is a business that expects to grow its revenue substantially in the next 12 months. Small business tigers are more focused on managing cash flow, finding suitable staff, assessing the best ways to manage expansion and financing the growth of their business.

Does this sound like your business? Learn how to become your own highgrowth success story.

The Queensland Government has brought together a panel of experts to help small business unleash the tiger within.

Join the audience or tune-in by webinar, to hear from QUT Business School’s Professor Per Davidsson on how entrepreneurs start, develop and harvest their ventures. Media personality turned entrepreneur Emily Jade O’Keeffe, and the Managing Director of DBM Consultants, Dhruba Gupta will also offer insights.

You will also hear from Kit Kriewaldt, Chief Marketing Officer of Liquid State, a local company that is taking on the world with its innovative products, and Jeremy Colless, who is at the forefront of crowdsourced equity in Australia.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in small group sessions with experts on a range of topics, including high-growth start-ups.

Monday, 1 September 2014

12.30pm for 1.00pm start


Room Threesixty, QUT Precinct, Gardens Point, Brisbane

Free – To register for this event please go to:


Promoting the culture of entrepreneurship and startups at QUT

QUT Starters promotes a culture of entrepreneurship and startups among students and focusses on experimenting with startup ideas through the use of modern business methodologies such as the lean startup. Their goal is to create a supportive community of entrepreneurs in which teams can be formed, ideas can be generated and startups can learn and grow.

This exciting new group have big plans for this semester, including hosting a number of workshops, guest speaker presentations and competitions with prizes to be won. As well as teaching members the best methods for success, they offer personalised business advice and support to students through their growing network of industry and professional contacts.

Anyone is welcome to join the society and or come along to the events. Check them out on facebook or visit the website at www.qutlean.com

You are invited to join the 2014 Queensland Small Business Week celebrations!

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at the QUT Business School will host three events to inspire and build business as part of 2014 Queensland Small Business Week. 2014 Queensland Small Business Week from 1-6 September is a Queensland Government initiative supporting and celebrating the important role of small business in the Queensland economy.

You are invited to attend all or any of these events, registration is essential to secure your place:

Small Firm Growth – Lessons from systematic research

Presented by : Professor Per Davidsson, Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

What is gained and lost when a firm grows larger? Where do “high growth firms” come from; what challenges do they meet – and are they able to sustain their growth over time? What risks and opportunities are associated with different forms of growth, such as domestic vs. international expansion; organic vs. acquisition-based growth; “mere” volume expansion vs. growth through new products and new markets? When should and should not sales growth be accompanied with internal growth in personnel? Last but not least – how are growth and profitability related? Do firms become profitable as a result of their growth, or is it the other way round? During the last 20 years a lot has been learnt from systematic, large-scale research about the drivers, forms, and consequences of growth in small firms. This seminar summarizes some of the highlights in an accessible and entertaining form.

Date: Wednesday 3 September 2014
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Venue: Gibson Room, Level 10 Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane 4000
Cost: Free
Register to attend

The business creation process: What works and doesn’t work for Australian start-ups?

Presented by: Professor Per Davidsson, Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, and Dr Scott Gordon, Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research.

This seminar reports some main findings from the Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence, which is the largest study of business start-ups ever undertaken in Australia. Well over a thousand emerging and young firms were followed over a six-year period. Four doctoral dissertations; eight reports to the federal Department of Industry, and a range of other works have been written on the basis of this project. The seminar will cover the dos and don’ts of business planning; low-cost strategies to start a business; the challenges of innovation; more vs. less successful start-up processes, and a number of other topics.

Date: Thursday 4 September 2014
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Venue: Gibson Room, Level 10 Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane 4000
Cost: Free
Register to attend

Entrepreneurship in Australia: How does our start-up activity hold up against other countries?

Presented by: Associate Professor Paul Steffens, Deputy-Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research

Australia is not Silicon Valley –but neither is 99% of the US! How does Australia’s level of entrepreneurial actually fare in comparison with other countries? What is the rate and quality of new business formation compared to relevant other countries? Are women, immigrants and different ethnic groups over- or under-represented—and how does their representation compare internationally? Looking beyond small, independent start-ups: Is Australia high or low in “producing” self-made billionaires who created their fortunes based on business activities? What about entrepreneurial initiatives among employees in established businesses? Various types of research actually points a rather bright picture of the state of entrepreneurship in Australia, and even if there are things that could be improved we should perhaps think twice about thinking and saying that everything is much better elsewhere.

Date: Friday 5 September 2014
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Venue: Gibson Room, Level 10 Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane 4000
Cost: Free
Register to attend


These research-informed events hosted by the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at the QUT Business School are open to business owners, industry, and policy makers interested in the growth of entrepreneurship in Australia. Small business is vital to Queensland’s economy, representing approximately 95 percent of all Queensland businesses and employing almost half of the state’s private sector workforce. These events are designed to provide information that will inspire the entrepreneurial ecosystem and provide networking to build and grow businesses.

For more information about the presenters and the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research visit www.qut.edu.au/business/ace

2014 Queensland Small Business Week is being delivered by the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games. For more information on 2014 Queensland Small Business Week visit www.business.qld.gov.au/smallbusinessweek

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G20YEA – Youth entrepreneurship to tackle unemployment

I recently attended the G20YEA (Youth Entrepreneurship Alliance) Summit in Sydney http://www.g20yea.com/en/summit/  It was an exciting, high energy event attended by over 400 delegates from around the globe representing the G20 countries.

It became clear that youth entrepreneurship is very much on the agenda of many governments around the globe, including Australia. With youth unemployment spiralling out of control, and traditional employment growth stagnated, entrepreneurship is seen as a key ingredient for addressing the problem. Critically, across the G20 70% of job growth is coming from the SME sector, particularly young SMEs.

Helen Clark, now Administrator of the UN Development Program, presented a passionate speech emphasizing the size of the problem on a global scale. Senator Ryan confirmed Australia’s commitment to this agenda.

I was invited to participate in a panel session on culture, equality and youth entrepreneurship. I presented some data from our GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) study that was well received.

The event concluded with a signed communique to the G20 Leaders Summit:

The young entrepreneurs of the world gathered at the Sydney G20 YEA Summit support the Australian G20 priorities on private sector led growth and greater resilience of the world economy. We call on the G20 Leaders, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to focus on entrepreneurship and agree to implement policies, legislation and incentives for ecosystems that support start-ups and sustainable high growth entrepreneurial SMEs, young entrepreneurs and enhance private sector led growth.”

The communique went on to outline key priorities across 9 pillars of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Action plans for each national team.

Congratulations to Jeremy Liddle and Aaron McNeilly for organizing such an outstanding event.