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A first for Cairns as Indian women innovators network with local Indigenous business women

Published:01 November 2019

Cairns is set to host a unique networking opportunity involving 10 female innovators from India and key business women from the local Indigenous community.

This event is part of a wider project aiming to enhance cross-cultural employability and a global entrepreneurial mindset of both Queensland entrepreneurs and Indian women entrepreneurs.

It also addresses capacity-building in the field of social business.

“As Australia's only Ashoka U Changemaker institution, and as host of the Cairns component of the visit through its First People’s Think Tank, CQUniversity is well placed to follow up on any sustainable innovation initiatives from the project,” says Associate Professor Henrietta Marrie AM, Director of CQUniversity’s First Peoples Think Tank.

“The First Peoples Think Tank is excited to provide these opportunities for cross-cultural knowledge, networking and business partnerships between Queensland and India, which is a key trade partner and subject of the Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy.

“We hope to share key learnings across international borders and contexts, to enhance the skills of entrepreneurs to thrive in a global marketplace.

“This will be a great chance for our participants from India and the Cairns region to learn how to work effectively in culturally, linguistically and socially different environments. We could even help match up Indigenous businesses with like-minded
counterparts in India."

The Cairns visit is a part of a wider project titled ‘Going Global – Enhancing the intercultural business capabilities of Queensland Entrepreneurs and Indian Women Entrepreneurs’.

It’s being presented in partnership with Griffith University and Trade and Investment Queensland’s Study Queensland.

“Lessons from the program will help develop market intelligence, and possibly short courses, to help Queensland businesses enter the Indian market,” says Associate Professor Marrie

The Cairns component of the visit will start with an evening welcome function hosted by the Hilton Hotel on Thursday 14 November. Local and state politicians and community leaders will mingle with the women entrepreneurs.

After their panel discussion/forum on Friday morning (15 November), the Indian visitors will tour the Yarrabah Aboriginal community to gain an insight into the potential for development of business links in rural areas.

This project is co-funded by the Queensland Government’s International Education and Training Partnership Fund.