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Mark Sowerby

Chief Entrepreneur, Advance Queensland

About Mark Sowerby

In it’s goal to lead the innovation agenda, the Queensland Government recently appointed Mark Sowerby as Queensland’s inaugural Chief Entrepreneur.

Mark is one of Queensland’s most successful entrepreneurs and is best known for his role as the founder and former Managing Director of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Ltd.

Blue Sky is a successful ASX-listed, diversified funds manager, focussed on alternative assets investing across private equity, venture capital, private real estate, water, infrastructure, hedge funds and agriculture.

From its early beginnings in Brisbane, Blue Sky has now grown into one of Australia’s top 300 listed companies, employing over 80 people in Australia and New York.

Mark’s acts as the state’s startup ambassador working with local, national and international entrepreneurial communities to help develop and grow Queensland’s innovation ecosystem and attract investment.

As the inaugural Chief Entrepreneur, Mark plays a game-changing role in setting Queensland's strategy to identify, attract and nurture opportunities to best position Queensland as the Startup State.

The establishment of the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur is a key Advance Queensland program focussed on nurturing the state’s startup ecosystem, a key generator of jobs in our transitioning economy.

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