Brisbane’s entrepreneurs to boost global prospects


 A teenage tech entrepreneur, the creator of a natural fruit-infused sparkling water and a founder developing a solution for chronic sinus-sufferers, are among the successful recipients of Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Program grants.


Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced the nine recipients today, with each business awarded $5000 to help expand into global markets and reach new customers.


“We know this program opens doors for entrepreneurs, and the funds will help these businesses to finalise overseas contracts, meet with global investors and obtain professional advice for expanding.” Cr Quirk said.


Brisbane Chief Digital Officer Cat Matson said the recipients covered a diverse range of industries, validating Brisbane’s reputation as a great place to build a business.

“Among those successful is Alexandra French of ALM Healthtech Solutions, a business that has developed a nasal health product for sufferers of respiratory issues,” Ms Matson said.


“Another recipient, Karen Foelz of Spring & Grove, has created a range of fun, fruit-infused sparkling water, which is now stocked throughout the east coast.

“It’s also great to award the teenage founder of BOP Industries. The company creates holograms for event marketing and is now looking to overseas advancements to bring back to Brisbane.”


Since 2012, more than 80 entrepreneurs have received funding to take their startup to the next level. The Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Program is part of the Digital Brisbane 2.0 strategy.


Meet the Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Program recipients

Karen Foelz – Spring & Grove



Spring & Grove is a fruit-infused sparkling water with zero calories or sugar. The family-owned business collaborated with a food technologist to create its unique flavours, before it began manufacturing and distributing. The product is currently stocked in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, and the grant will help the company to begin exporting to China. It will also use the grant to participate in the Food & Hotel China trade event in November.


Majella Edwards – ARTLife Solutions

Photo organisation startup ARTLife Solutions has pioneered a revolutionary new implementation of artificial intelligence for digital image management. The company is currently working on developing the technology for a workplace focus, to allow businesses to easily manage large volumes of images, PSFs, video and audio files. It will use the grant to engage a consultant for advice on scaling to overseas markets.


Alexandra French – ALM Healthtech:Nadu


ALM Healthtech has developed an array of nasal health products that allow people suffering from chronic respiratory and nasal conditions to best manage their symptoms. It is currently raising investment to take it through to the next stage of regulatory approval, small batch clinical trials and manufacturing. It will use the grant to travel to the US to meet with pharmaceutical companies to license the capsule devices for their products.


Scott Millar – BOP Industries

CEO of BOP Industries, Scott Millar is a teenage tech entrepreneur on a mission to reach new customers nationally. BOP Industries creates 3D hologram displays for event marketing, activations and the conference market and is using the grant to travel to Brisbane’s sister city, Shenzhen. The trip to Shenzhen will help the company to learn about technological and manufacturing advances, which it plans to implement in the development of new hologram displays.


Flora Affonseca Momberg de Oliveria– SayStay

SayStay is a home stay and share house accommodation booking website for international students and working holiday visa holders. Since 2012, more than 2600 students from across 42 different countries have used the platform, requiring the company to increase to a total of eight employees. It is launching an improved booking platform and plans to expand into overseas markets in the near future.


Nikki Durkin – CodeMakers

CodeMakers is a female-led, Brisbane startup passionate about teaching children the foundational skill of coding. CodeMakers delivers live online classes teaching coding, logic and critical thinking skills to children aged eight to 12. Classes are conducted in-home via videoconferencing, where teachers are able to view students’ screens and edit code as needed. Nikki will use the grant to engage advisory services to scale the business to overseas markets.


Ryan Hanly – Travello

Travello is a social network for travellers being used in more than 180 countries. The company has recently branched into location-based marketing for travel companies through the Travello app, with the platform providing a connection between travel products/services and customers in real time.  It will use the grant to travel to the World Youth and Student Travel Conference in Edinburgh, to finalise overseas opportunities.


Jordan Millar – ChekRite

ChekRite is a digital data capturing platform allowing businesses to record checklist information in a more efficient manner. Its primary focus is to eliminate paper-based inspection check sheets, in industries such as transport, equipment hire, food production, mining and aerospace. Jordan Millar’s team of seven is based in Brisbane City Council’s startup hub The Capital in Little Tokyo Two. As the company is scaling nationally, it will use the grant to engage specialist advice to help with its growth strategy.


Blake Boulton – Water Modelling Solutions


Water Modelling Solutions is a specialist engineering firm based in Fortitude Valley. It has created unique software products for floodplain management and water resources which are used around the world. In the past three years, the company has worked on several large infrastructure projects, including the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and the Inland Rail. It plans to grow from a team of 11 to 25 engineers and will use the grant to travel to a 10-day trade mission in India.

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