Why Brisbane - Wholesale Investor explores the state of innovation in Queensland

Raising capital is no easy journey. Just ask the Founders, Managing Directors, Board Members and CEOs who have been on that journey. It’s often a path paved with boundaries, roadblocks, detours and obstacles that if not driven along properly, can be treacherous. That’s why meeting the right investor for your business is paramount to capital raising success.

For 10 years, Wholesale Investor has been connecting companies raising capital with a growing global network of 20,700 investors. Showcasing the brightest technology talent in Australasia, Wholesale Investor market the investment offerings of companies, activating real interest and investment from its ever-growing investor network.

In February 2019 Wholesale Investor will bring its premier event, and Australasia’s flagship conference, to Brisbane.

With 500+ attendees across two days in Brisbane representing high-net-worth and professional investors, industry, government bodies, founders, managing directors and CEOs, Emergence was founded with the vision to open doors and avenues of opportunity for key participants in the emerging technology and innovation ecosystem.

Without global collaboration, we won't be able to achieve our goals of growing the Australasian ecosystem. Emergence 2019 empowers the global investment community to source world-class talent and deals from Australasia.

With strong trade links, a strategic location and a multilingual workforce, Australia is uniquely positioned to do business in the Asia-Pacific region. Emergence will take place in Brisbane first, before venturing to Sydney... so why have we chosen to kick off in Brisbane?

Over the past three years, Brisbane has been on a journey of entrepreneurial transformation. A Chief Entrepreneur, Steve Baxter, was appointed last year and the city has expert thought leadership and guidance developing a thriving ecosystem.

Strategic policies and actions that influenced why we choose Brisbane:

  • Universities putting entrepreneurship at the heart of everything they do. From making it a part of every degree they offer, to building a creative hub for students encouraging collaboration and entrepreneurship.
  • There's a mission to attract international startups to expand to Brisbane. Funding streams and grants for startups and investors and an emphasis on involving rural Queenslanders in entrepreneurship is supported by the city's existing local entrepreneurs, investors and innovators in Brisbane including Steve Baxter (CEO at Transition Level Investments and renowned investor on Shark Tank), Leanne Kemp (Founder of blockchain giant, Everledger and newly appointed Chief Entrepreneur), Aaron Birkby (CEO of Startup Catalyst), Peta Ellis (CEO of River City Labs) and Dr Catherine Ball (Founder of the World of Drones Congress).
  • Companies and organisations like Startup Catalyst have also played an integral role in connecting the local Brisbane ecosystem to global capital.
  • An example of this is Leanne Kemp, Founder of blockchain giant Everledger, who recently expanded her Fintech to the UK. She has also been appointed as the new Chief Entrepreneur of the city. Leanne’s presence in her new role connects the growing Brisbane ecosystem with Asia and the UK as her company grows. It's an example of a Brisbane company scaling through the raising of capital.
  • The willingness to adopt new technologies and innovate is contagious in Brisbane and more broadly, Queensland. The Brisbane airport is now the world’s first ever crypto-currency friendly airport with TravelbyBit.
  • In an age where blockchain technologies are becoming more prevalent, it makes sense that Wholesale Investor has chosen Brisbane as the first stop of the Emergence conference in 2019.

    By showcasing the incredible ecosystem Brisbane has developed, we can encourage Australasia to follow in the city's footsteps, fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and investment.

    Click here for a complimentary ticket to attend Emergence.