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Deep Dive into Innovation in Small Business

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We know that there are a lot of busy people out there who have had nagging thoughts about taking their business to the next level, or by launching a new innovative, scalable product or service. For the past 8 years, Y(E)P has held fully-funded Deep Dives on a range of topics from Finance to Marketing and everything in between. Each year at the Tropical Innovation Festival we offer a Deep Dive into Innovation into Small Business and Self-Employment targeted at local and visiting Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs who want to achieve more in their business, be inspired, learn new things and meet people who also have big dreams! 

We have designed this day to be useful regardless of your place in the business or innovation journey. A range of inspiring keynotes, informative panels and a "choose-your-own-adventure" style world cafe will ensure your head and heart are filled by the end of the day. 

We are excited to have world-class International Keynote Speakers - 

  • Lucy Bloom who will help us be energised and think about how we can do business differently; 
  • Tracy Sheen, as seen on Kochies Business Builders sharing her wisdom about incorporating AI into your business; 
  • Derrick McManus who survived being shot 14 times sharing his tips to build our durability for peak performance and 
  • Nic Marchesi, former Young Australian of the Year sharing how we can do well in business while contributing positively to the world. 

As an additional bonus, the Queensland Small Business Commissioner Dominique Lamb will be joining us to share her wisdom from her extensive experience in business and to hear about your businesses - there will even be an opportunity to share your business with a 1minute pitch to the room!

A light lunch is provided. A longer lunch break is included to allow those attending the Cairns Business Women’s Clubs Innovation luncheon with keynote speaker Michelle Pascoe and for those wishing to view Vernon Ah Khee's exhibition at Bulmba-Ja. 

Tickets are at no-cost, but limited. With thanks to our partnership with The Queensland Small Business Commissioner, My Pathway and Launch Y(E)P. 

Deep Dive into Innovation in Small Business Program

Tuesday 18th June, 2024 



Facilitator / Speaker | Company 

6am – 6:45am

Yoga by the Pool


Registrations and Networking


Welcome and Opening

Acknowledgement of Country

Welcome and Introduction

Tara Diversi | Launch Y(E)P


Doing Business Differently  

Lucy Bloom | Flamingo Bloom

Success in small business in Queensland   

Dominique Lamb | QLD Small Business Commissioner

Government support for your small business  

Michelle Armistead | CSIRO

Matthew Fledger | My Pathway

TBC | IP Australia


TBC | Cairns Regional Council




AI for your small business  

Tracy Sheen | Digital Guide 


Human Durability for Peak Performance


Derrick McManus | Human Durability

11:45am -  1pm

Lunch and networking break

12noon – Group tour through Vernon Ah Khee Exhibition  @ Bulmba-ja

Light lunch provided @ Novotel OR book into Cairns Business Women’s Clubs innovation luncheon with keynote speaker Michelle Pascoe.


World Cafe Mini-Workshops

Choose 3 x 25 mins mini workshops

Facilitated by Tara Diversi | Launch Y(E)P  

Table 1

Incorporating governance and understanding risk in your small business

Sean Johnson |Lakefield Consulting

Table 2

Taking the next step with LinkedIn – creative content to build your following and/or brand   

Mitch King | Mutinex

Table 3

So, you want to build an app? What is the process in designing a successful product

Ash Ivory | Ivory Common

Table 4

Legal considerations for your small business

Donna Patane | DRIPL and IP Australia

Table 5

Looking after yourself is looking after your business

Mitch Smith | Health Management

Rachael White | Physio Fundamentals

Table 6

AI and your small business

Tracy Sheen | Digital Guide

Table 7

Smart decision making for your small business with design thinking.  

Nikou Javadi | Rise by design  

Table 8

Funded programs to support your small business start up

Matthew Fledger | My Pathway

Table 9

Building your durability as a small business owner  

Derrick McManus | Human Durability

Table 10

Innovate to grow your small business with CSIRO

Michelle Armistead | CSIRO

Table 11

Marketing your online business

Paul Thomson |

Table 12

Navigating grants and funding

Caitlin Boucher | Angharad Consulting


Afternoon networking


Pitch your small business

1 minute pitch from small businesses in the room


Networking and promoting yourself to build your business


Fireside chat

Self-employment success

Matthew Fledger | My Pathway



Doing well by doing good – building a business with social impact   

Nicholas Marchesi | OrangeSky


Thank you and Close

Tara Diversi | Launch Y(E)P

There are more events on throughout the week - Explore the Tropical Innovation Festival Website HERE

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