Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Project Team (#SCRIPT)

SCRIPT is a collaboration of local entrepreneurs, businesses, government stakeholders and community members dedicated to growing innovation and business capacity on the coast. Sunshine Coast has a strong innovation ecosystem and this funding allows for greater networking and enables more entrepreneurial activity, resulting in more jobs and a boosted economy.

Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Council and Regional Development Australia (RDA) Sunshine Coast, along with their project partners have been awarded Advance Queensland Regional Innovation funding. The funding was collectively matched by over 30 Sunshine Coast organisations – providing over $1 million over three years to develop innovation and entrepreneurial activities across the region.

Sunshine Coast is fortunate to have an established and active innovation ecosystem and SCRIPT works to increase the connections and relationships across government, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, investors and more.

To bring about these outcomes, activities and resources are aligned to the following key priority areas: Smart Cities, Food and Agribusiness, Health and Wellbeing, Sustainability and Environment and Creative Industries.


To help fuel innovation, SCRIPT invests in collaborative activities that build capacity in businesses, showcase excellence, incubate and accelerate new solutions and support entrepreneurs and innovators in turning their ideas into commercial reality.

We support grassroot projects which help to connecteducate and inspire members of the Sunshine Coast community. SCRIPT invests in projects which (at the very least) are new and different and demonstrate:

  • Sunshine Coast Benefit
  • Validated Demand
  • Co-investment & Collaboration
  • Longevity
  • Accountability

The success of SCRIPT projects and programs will be measured against clear economic outcomes, such as:

  • Job Creation
  • Talent Attraction
  • Company Migration
  • Improved Productivity
  • Growth in Sales/Exports
  • New Products, Services & Business Models
  • Increased Capital Investment
  • Furthered Connections
  • Supply Chain Linkages
  • New Partnerships
  • Educating & Informing Locals
  • Cross-Sector Innovation & Collaboration

What projects has SCRIPT invested in?

How can I connect into the Sunshine Coast Innovation Ecosystem?



The regional innovation program is governed by a Steering Committee comprising regional leaders with expertise in innovation, entrepreneurial activities and who also have an interest in the Sunshine Coast’s economic pillars and priority areas. The Steering Committee meet monthly (typically the third Monday of every month).


Annual Stakeholder Report

The Annual Stakeholder Report highlights the important role SCRIPT plays in growing innovation, business capacity and employment across the region.


Steering Committee

The SCRIPT steering committee is a skill-based group of highly talented and awarded business people:

  • Myles McNamara, CEO (Eye On IT) Chair
  • Mark Paddenburg
  • Paul Fisher, CEO (Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast Inc)
  • Anthony Dow, Economic Development Manager (Noosa Council)
  • Anne Lawrence, Head of Industry Development (Sunshine Coast Council)

Regional Innovation Coordinator (RIC)

The Regional Innovation Coordinator is Toni Binstead. A Transformation Specialist and Entrepreneur, Toni has spent a large amount of her career as a “trouble-shooter” for corporate business. Her clients have included major banks, financial institutions, and universities. Toni has extensive experience working with SMEs, working as a Business Mentor since 2003. She works closely with local entrepreneurs, small business and start-ups to innovate, trouble shoot and scale. Toni can connect you into our thriving innovation ecosystem here on the Sunshine Coast.

Entrepreneur in the Region (EiR)

Appointed in August 2019, the Entrepreneur in the Region (EiR) is Leigh Kelson. A serial entrepreneur, cloud computing pioneer, and media tech veteran, Leigh has founded ten ventures over the last 30 years and had a number of successful exits. Over his career, he’s raised more than $100 million in funding and overseen two successful IPOs on the Australian stock exchange. In the EiR role, Leigh is passionate about assisting entrepreneurs early-stage ventures based at the Innovation Centre or Peregian Digital Hub to scaleup and commercialise. NB. To access SCRIPT EiR services please contact the Innovation Centre or Peregian Digital Hub. Download Leigh’s Bio here.


The SCRIPT initiative was developed through extensive consultation with the community and business sector.  A public community contribution document was developed to assist with SCRIPT scoping in addition to workshops, interviews, webinars and other stakeholder meetings.  SCRIPT is committed to fuelling the culture of innovation on the Sunshine Coast.

Funding Partners

The funding was collectively matched by the below organisations: