It is hard to imagine today but a little over five years ago the startup sector in Brisbane barely existed, but a much needed injection of confidence in Brisbane entrepreneurs and startups occurred in 2012 when entrepreneur Steve Baxter opened River City Labs in Fortitude Valley and since then the Brisbane startup sector has enjoyed enormous growth rivalling the startup sectors in Sydney and Melbourne and abroad.
Some of Brisbane's universities have also played a pivotal role in establishing the Brisbane startup sector, most notably The University of Queensland (UQ) through its ilab operations and startup programs, and Creative Enterprise Australia an initiative targeting creative startups delivered by Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
The high calibre of local entrepreneurs and startups has attracted the attention of several interstate startup sector operators who have established a presence in Brisbane in recent time, including Telstra's startup accelerator, muru-D, and Fishburners.
The momentum of the Brisbane startup sector is also driving an explosion in growth of coworking spaces with over 20 locations across the city including local operator Little Tokyo Two recently opening their fourth location in The Capital in the Brisbane CBD.
Brisbane entrepreneurs and startups enjoy unparalleled support through many avenues, including various programs and funding opportunities provided by the Queensland State Government's Advance Queensland initiatives, Brisbane City Council programs and initiates, particularly Digital Brisbane and the overwhelmingly collaborative Brisbane Startup ecosystem. So what are you waiting for, quit your day job now and launch your startup idea in Brisbane before someone else beats you to market!