Driving entrepreneurial culture for healthcare innovation

A layered program to build business literacy, skills, networks and resources to drive clinical innovation

Entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial training, team support, one-on-one mentoring and expert regulatory, financial, legal, data and business know-how….everything a clinician needs to bring their best ideas for patient care to the bedside and beyond through novel new digital health and medical technologies and clinical practices – Welcome to our Clinician Entrepreneurship Change Agents Program.

Our exclusive free training program starts with online business literacy, then moves through the core program of face-to-face workshops, guest presentations, networking and masterclass webinars (coupled with opportunities for mentoring, student placements, and individually-focused expert-in-residence support), and culminates with customised commercialisation training for those ready to take the leap.

We’re creating change for a future of cost-effective medicine and high-value biomedical and health-tech jobs.

Third cohort commencing in April 2024. Online program always open.

Apply here

Developed and delivered by:

Proudly supported by the Queensland Government through an Advance Queensland Regional Collaborative Futures Grant.

CECAP Program launch - May 15, 2023

Meet our Cohort 1:

Meet our program leads

Professor Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation Naomi Birdthistle, Griffith Business School. Award-winning academic and researcher, author and long-time entrepreneur, Naomi has advised and mentored 450+ entrepreneurs and taught enterprise skills to 8,000+ students. Naomi leads the overall training program. Learn more.

Dr Brent Richards, Medical Director of Research Commercialisation, Adj. Professor of Critical Care Research, Gold Coast Health. Striving to continuously improve patient and system outcomes in healthcare, this former Director of Intensive Care and now Chair of the Queensland AI Hub Advisory Board, has a passion for the power of AI in medical innovation. Brent is the clinical conduit and will lead a datathon. Learn more.

Become a clinician entrepreneur or intrapreneur

Open to all qualified clinicians in Queensland

We’re calling on clinicians with clinical problems to solve through their new ideas and technologies. Our partner, the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, is encouraging and supporting staff to become ‘intrapreneurs’ – innovating within the organisation and more broadly within Queensland Health to progress commercially-minded healthcare innovations – as well as encouraging staff to pursue their entrepreneurial business ideas.

We’re also seeking Gold Coast health practitioners across private hospitals and practice – GP’s, nurses and allied health professionals, as well as clinical researchers who want to translate their ideas, and are open to interest from Queensland health practitioners outside our Gold Coast region.

Program at a glance

Program delivery in the heart of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct

Recognised as Queensland’s leading innovation precinct, the GCHKP is home to the $1.76 billion Gold Coast University Hospital, a top 10 Australian hospital, and the Gold Coast Private Hospital, a modern $285 million facility, alongside the burgeoning Gold Coast campus of Griffith Univeristy, ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

We already employ over 15,000 people, including 1,000 researchers, and cater to 20,000 students, while boasting 50 start-ups or SME’s.

With a strong focus on health and enabling technologies, and with almost $250 million of commercial construction underway, we’re building a world-leading transformation ecosystem.

The 200 hectare GCHKP is Asia Pacific's emerging innovation hub

Flexibility - face to face and online

We’ll be delivering our face-to-face training, networking and programming from the Griffith Innovation Centre, a flexible learning and collaboration environment and part of the Precinct’s Cohort Innovation Space, home to around 50 SME’s and start-ups and the people behind the successful LuminaX Accelerator program for healthtech founders.

Components of our program will also be delivered online for flexibility, including opportunities to schedule one-on-one mentoring to fit in with clinical workload demands.


7 Workshop Series - meet the full team