Our Eighth Annual Entrepreneurs Forum, was nothing short of spectacular, bringing together some of our city’s most inspiring entrepreneurs. The event highlighted why the Gold Coast is quickly becoming Australia’s entrepreneurial hotspot, backed by fresh data showing we have the highest number of founders per capita in the country.

According to the latest report from OnDeck, the Gold Coast has a staggering 143.5 founders for every 10,000 users on professional social media platforms—72 percent higher than the national average. It’s clear to see that our city’s perfect mix of lifestyle, innovation, and opportunity is a breeding ground for start-up success.

Entrepreneurs Forum 2024 Speakers

With a line-up of four of the region’s most dynamic entrepreneurs, this year’s forum shined a light on why the Gold Coast is the place to be for start-ups and dream chasers.

The panel, moderated by our Vice President, Jacqueline Bojanowski, touched on the importance of perseverance, because success is a marathon, not a sprint, understanding customers who are, after all, the reason for your business, and maintaining a well-prepared investor network because funding doesn’t just fall from the sky.

The mastermind behind Outbound, Luke Rust, who has turned travel and transport logistics on its head, gave an insightful crash course in staying nimble and innovative in a world that’s always on the move.

Deb Farnworth-Wood, the brains behind Australian Skin Clinics, shared her rollercoaster journey of revolutionising the beauty industry, showing us all that with a bit of grit and a lot of customer love, anything’s possible.

The queen of craft beer from Burleigh Brewing, Peta Fielding, captivated the crowd with her tale of crafting a beer empire from the ground up. Her recipe for success? Community spirit and staying true to her brand.

Jason Atkins, the equity guru from Cake Equity, demystified the complex world of funding and financial growth. His ability to inject a dose of excitement into equity management left attendees feeling as though they had stumbled upon the best-kept secret of finance.

Ambitious, Connected, Healthy

As YP Gold Coast’s Entrepreneurs Forum grows, it continues to be the go-to event for celebrating local business talent and inspiring the next wave of business leaders. With our high concentration of founders and a business-friendly environment, the Gold Coast is set to continue its rise as Australia’s entrepreneurial hotspot.

The 2024 forum was a celebration of what makes the Gold Coast great: our people, our ideas, and our passion. With trailblazers like Luke Rust, Deb Farnworth-Wood, Peta Fielding, and Jason Atkins leading the charge, the future looks brighter than ever for Gold Coast entrepreneurs.

So, here’s to another year of innovation, growth, and success on the Gold Coast! Cheers to the entrepreneurs who are putting our city on the map, one brilliant idea at a time.