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CCIQ and Suncorp Bank collaborate for #SmallBusinessChallenges

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) today announced Suncorp Bank as a foundation partner of Collaborate and a driving force behind the new #SmallBusinessChallenges campaign.

Collaborate, an industry-first for Australia, will bring together some of Queensland’s most innovative business services and thought leaders to explore new ways of solving the issues impacting the State’s business community.

Collaborate members will receive complimentary residency in Brisbane, access to programs, mentors and opportunities to work alongside key industry thought leaders. They will be encouraged to think creatively and collaboratively to find new ways to help businesses overcome challenges.

CCIQ’s CEO Stephen Tait said he was thrilled to have Suncorp Bank, which shares a strong connection to Queensland’s business community, on board as a foundation partner for Collaborate.

“Suncorp Bank’s unwavering commitment to Queensland, demonstrated support for local communities and passion to help the state's business community resonates with the values of CCIQ. We are proud to be in partnership with Suncorp Bank to help power the potential of the State’s business community,” Mr Tait said.

Suncorp Bank Executive General Manager Customer Development, Michelle Bagnall, said Suncorp Bank was proud to collaborate with CCIQ to deliver value to Brisbane’s business community.

“Small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of Australia’s economy and Suncorp Bank is committed to supporting the growth and success of this important sector,” Ms Bagnall said.

“We are delivering on this commitment through our connections with our customers and communities and are proud to bolster this connection through our support for Collaborate.

“We understand the complex environment small businesses operate within. Through Collaborate and the #SmallBusinessChallenges campaign we aim to create new innovative solutions to solve business challenges and create opportunities for businesses to grow and diversify.”

From today (8 December), CCIQ and Suncorp Bank are encouraging businesses to participate in the #SmallBusinessChallenges Series. Using the hashtag #SmallBusinessChallenges a series of challenges will be identified and announced on Facebook and Twitter.

“We encourage businesses with an idea on how to resolve a business challenge and with an appetite to develop, create or adapt products and services that will aid the productivity, profitability and sustainability of small businesses to get in touch,” Mr Tait said.

#SmallBusinessChallenges will run from 8 December 2015 to 25 January 2016 with a closing deadline for applications on January 25, 2016. For more information visit

How to Apply

Applications can be made by visiting and completing the form. Following application, businesses will be invited to pitch their idea to a panel of experts and if successful invited to Collaborate.

Businesses that successfully complete their pitch process will be invited to a six-month residency in Collaborate which will include:

  • Free office space
  • Access to resources and programs to help accelerate and commercialise their idea
  • Access to networks, mentors and expert advice
  • Access to capital and investment opportunities
  • Opportunities to go to market through CCIQ and its partner networks.

#SmallBusinessChallenges will feature on:




Media Inquiries: Ashleigh Paterson 07 3135 2562 or 0407 925 665

About Suncorp: Suncorp Group includes leading general insurance, banking, life insurance and superannuation brands in Australia and New Zealand. The Group has 14,500 employees and relationships with nine million customers. Suncorp Group Limited is a Top 20 ASX-listed company with $94 billion in assets. Suncorp Bank is Australia’s leading regional bank servicing more than one million personal, SME and agribusiness customers.

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