Join the entrepreneur-driven program for tech startups in Far North Queensland
Delivered by YEP Cairns, Launch FNQ is an opportunity to supercharge your business idea and see it thrive
Empowering a tech-centric tropical Queensland
Thanks to high-speed broadband, geography is no longer a barrier to success in starting a tech business.
So why not start an innovative enterprise in one of Australia’s most beautiful, economically-stable, and business-friendly locations like Far North Queensland?
Launch FNQ and YEP Cairns have been supporting the growth of micro and small businesses in the region for over 4 years. If you’re thinking of creating a startup, our team will help you get it going.
What fast-growing tech business would you like to scale from tropical paradise?
It’s all possible with Launch FNQ
Pick a program for your stage of business
The weekly program for everyone interested in Tropical Queensland Tech. Inspiration, connection and collaboration is where amazing ideas get a chance to thrive.
7 Weeks of Life-Changing Business Support. Launch FNQ’s Incubate program is all about driving your business from idea to sales.
Launch FNQ’s Accelerate program is the big event of the year, running for 12 empowering weeks and ending with the Tropical Innovation Festival.
About Launch FNQ
Launch FNQ is an entrepreneur-centred and entrepreneur-driven program for tech-startups and scaleups delivered by YEP Cairns.
Our vision is to see Far North Queensland grow into a thriving entrepreneurship community. Our mission is to contribute through providing and supporting entrepreneur-centred and entrepreneur-driven activities, programs and companies in Far North Queensland through direct support, indirect support and collaboration.
We believe that geography and regionality doesn’t need to be a barrier to building a successful company if founders embrace imagination, persistence, resilience and excellence. We aim to help entrepreneurs, by providing programs, opportunities and networks (mentoring and professional services) and advocating for entrepreneurship and innovation in our region.
Launch FNQ is supported by the Australian Government, AusIndustry Incubator Support Initiative (ISI), Advance Queensland and co-contribution from collaborators in various projects that make up the program (please see our sponsors tab, and support them).
Under the ISI, YEP Cairns will offer three programs under the Launch FNQ Brand Launch FNQ Activate, Launch FNQ Incubate and Launch FNQ Accelerate programs to tech-startups and founders in Far North Queensland along with activation and tech-specific projects to complement their current offerings.
About YEP Cairns
If you're an entrepreneur or business owner in Tropical Far North Queensland, you'll have heard of YEP.
Running the region's most popular workshops, startup events, Deep Dive sessions, and training programs since 2016, YEP Cairns is where entrepreneurship thrives.
From just seeds of business inspiration, to growth and scaling, YEP's Launch FNQ program can help entrepreneurs create businesses that make a difference on a global scale.
We're supported, to support you...
Launch FNQ’s entrepreneurial programs are made possible, thanks to the support of:
Entrepreneurs are succeeding with Launch FNQ
SkyStock was very privileged to be part of the Launch FNQ Incubator in 2020. We found the content provided by [EIR] Peter Laurie to be educational and informative, especially during this growth stage of the business.
The Launch FNQ Incubate Program has been transformational for me, and my business Ponder Careers. Tara, Peter, and the team have been instrumental in helping us get Ponder off the ground and find our focus, so we can go on to do more and hire more people in FNQ. Peter’s insights came at just the right time, and he always knew when to ask a question or challenge me further. Thanks to the whole team for their support.
Sharing the startup journey with fellow early-stage entrepreneurs provides many benefits, such as realising many of the challenges are common in the cohort. Having a mentor such as Peter Laurie not only places context across our challenges, it helps us help each other. Peter is particularly adept at smoothing out the wrinkles in our pitches while keeping our messaging on point. His experience shines through when providing excellent support in one-on-one sessions, where he teases out the ideas floating about in the entrepreneur’s mind.
I highly recommend the Launch FNQ Incubate Program. Peter Laurie is fantastic to work with, inspires creativity, provides thought provoking content, and ensures you remain accountable. Having been in business already for 25 years, the program was what I needed to give a new concept with a completely different market source, the wings to fly. The camaraderie formed with other colleagues was an absolute bonus and the ongoing support ensures graduates remain a part of a thriving community.