May, 2016 – Trade Mission to the United States
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leanne Enoch led a trade mission to the US to:
- identify new opportunities in the market
- encourage emerging technology companies to make Queensland their springboard into the Asia Pacific
- meet with both existing research partners and potential new partners and investors to identify new pathways for collaboration.
A key outcome of the mission was the signing of a landmark agreement providing Queensland businesses and entrepreneurs with greater access to international markets and partners.
Queensland joins Open Worldwide Innovation Network
During the Minister’s visit to Texas A&M University, Minister Enoch announced the Queensland Government had become an executive member of the Open Worldwide Innovation Network (OWIN). Established by Texas A&M in 2013, OWIN is a not-for-profit innovation network that promotes market access, entrepreneurship and technology commercialisation.
The Minister also visited Houston and Austin, Texas for meetings with key representatives of US companies and universities. In San Francisco, Palo Alto and San Jose, Minister Enoch met with startup, corporate and investment representatives.
Highlights included visiting or attending:
- Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s JLABS incubator facility in Houston
- Texas A&M University, College Station
- 2016 Silicon Valley AgTech Conference
- Johnson Space Centre
- University of California, Davis
- Texas Medical Centre, Houston.