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On the Couch with the Chief Entrepreneur

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Have a question that you’ve always wanted to ask the Chief Entrepreneur or Trade and Investment Queensland? This is your opportunity!

Julia Spicer, Denise Kreymborg and Anna Fedeles will be ‘on the couch’ for a fireside chat as part of the 2024 Regional Roadshow.

Find out how the state is supporting innovation and future opportunities for founders and innovators in regional Queensland and then ask those burning questions.

If you love what you hear and would like a chance to connect further and ask more questions – stay on as from 2-3.30pm there will be an exclusive opportunity to network and receive some coaching and mentoring with the speakers, investors, Climate Salad and other stakeholders.


About the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, Julia Spicer
Julia Spicer OAM is a vibrant rural entrepreneur and a catalyst for change. Founder of three regional businesses based in Goondiwindi, Qld – Engage & Create Consulting, The Goondiwindi Business Hub and the recently sold House4390.

Julia has grown the activity and impact of innovation into the farming and business communities across the state. Julia has a particular gift for engaging woman and indigenous businesses in her work. Julia assists entrepreneurs and business owners with the work of business plan writing, designing value propositions and attracting grant and investment funds.

Julia’s mission is to contribute to the vibrancy and viability of rural and regional Australia by helping businesses grow. Through strategic planning, coaching and online courses; Julia does just that.

About Trade and Investment Queensland’s Acting General Manager Queensland Operations and General Manager International Operations
Denise Kreymborg Acting General Manager Queensland Operations
Denise is an award-winning business professional with more than two decades’ experience in industry development, regional economic development, and business strategy. She has a strong track record in grant attraction, industry marketing, and investment strategies.

Anna Fedeles General Manager International Operations
Over the past 20 years, she has held senior roles inside government and private organisations, with a focus on international trade, investment and education.

Anna was most recently Australia’s Consul General in Frankfurt and Austrade’s Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner responsible for Germany, Switzerland & Poland.

She was previously Deputy Consul General and Trade & Investment Commissioner Dubai, with a special focus on Australian education and technology across the Middle East and Africa.

About Smart Precinct NQ
Smart Precinct NQ is the home of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in North QLD, supporting people with ideas to start and grow.
The Innovation Ecosystem in North Queensland has shown considerable growth in the period 2019-2024. Smart Precinct NQ connects and empowers stakeholders to catalyse innovation and grow industry innovation, and economic outcomes for Townsville and Queensland. Smart Precinct NQ provides a central point of incubation and acceleration for idea generation, collaboration, problem-solving, commercialisation pathways and investment readiness. We connect and collaborate with entrepreneurs, SME’s, industry, government, researchers, investors and the wider community.

This event is proudly supported by the Office of Chief Entrepreneur, Queensland Government, Trade and Investment Queensland, Smart Precinct NQ and Townsville City Council.


April 18
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Smart Precinct NQ
143 Walker St
Townsville City, QLD 4810 Australia
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1300 467 119