Announcing the National Innovation Games!

August 21, 2019
By Aaron O'Farrell

Paddl Co. partners with COSBOA and the Federal Government of Australia to take Paddl Games innovation challenges nationwide!


On the heels of the success of our Paddl Games innovation challenges throughout Victoria and New South Wales, Paddl Co. is proud to bring Paddl Games Challenges across Australia with the National Innovation Games! In partnership with the Hon. Karen Andrews, MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Federal Government of Australia and COSBOA (Council of Small Business Australia), Paddl Co. will deliver thirty innovation challenges over the next two years nationwide. The National Innovation Games will visit every state and territory for both city and regional Challenges to help further connect and support the ecosystem of business, industry, government and education in each part of Australia.


The Hon. Karen Andrews, MP will be launching the first of the National Innovation Games Series on August 21st in her home constituency, the Gold Coast. This inaugural challenge will have an environmental focus, helping businesses better manage waste and reduce Australia’s landfill. Over 70 students and graduates from universities, TAFEs and secondary schools around the Gold Coast and surrounding regions in Queensland along with 10 local small to medium businesses will come together with waste management and sustainability experts to innovate solutions that will help those businesses better manage waste and reduce Australia’s landfill. 

Our planet is in an environmental crisis right now. A lot of effort is needed from everyone - citizens and businesses - to ensure a sustainable future. This environmental focus for our first challenge is therefore extremely relevant, important, and crucial; having Queensland students and graduates provide their knowledge and ideas towards generating sustainable solutions to the growing waste issue in Australia will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the knowledge and talents of our future leaders. We’re very excited to see what happens on the day!


Students and graduates from Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, James Cook University, Southern Cross University, University of Southern Queensland, Envirotech, University of Sunshine Coast, The University of Queensland and All Saints Anglican School are participating in the day alongside of the following ten local businesses:

1. Do Good Labs, a snack food company that funds mental health awareness campaigns through a portion of its sales. Do Good snacks are available on Virgin Australia’s inflight service. They will be working with Virgin Australia

2. Blackboard Coffee, a coffee roaster based out of Burleigh Heads within a focus on quality, relationships, transparency and sustainability.

3. RACV Royal Pines, a family resort with a 27-hole golf course located in Benowa.

4. Climate Wave Enterprises, an event consulting firm that provides sustainable event management advice, practices & services to deliver events that conform with international sustainable standards.

5. IGA Tweed Valley/Xpress Murwillumbah, local and independently owned supermarket committed to supporting Aussie producers and participating in the community.

6. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, a heritage-listed zoological garden set across 27 hectares of natural eucalyptus-rich bushland and rainforest that has been conserving native wildlife and nurturing the local indigenous heritage for over 70 years.

7. Stuart Surf Design, Est. 1986 Stuart Surf Design focuses on the craft and design of high quality surfboards made at our local factory in Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast, Australia. 

8. Teys Australia, The Teys family has been involved in the Australian beef industry since 1946, and has grown its business to become the second largest meat processor and exporter in Australia.

9. Sattwa Skincare, essential oil skincare products made with no synthetics, no colours, no lauryl sulfates, no artificial preservatives, no added parabens, Microplastic Free, Cruelty Free, Eco aware in all areas of packaging and production, Palm free and vegan friendly products, Proudly Made in Australia!

10. All Saints Anglican School, a co-educational Anglican day school with an enrolment of 1800 children in Years Pre Prep to 12. The School is located on a 40 hectare site and offers well-equipped general purpose learning areas with specialist facilities for the teaching of Science with Technology, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Health and Physical Education.

Our goal with the National Innovation Games, as with every Paddl Games Challenge, is to help students and graduates gain valuable workplace experience and utilise their academic skills on real business cases. We’re delighted the Hon. Karen Andrews and the Federal Government has recognised the benefit Paddl Games Challenges brings to the local economy while boosting the confidence and experience level of emerging talent and want to bring the concept nationwide to the rest of Australia. As a result, we hope hundreds of Australian small to medium business and large industries will benefit by working with such bright and creative emerging talent!

If you are a student or graduate who is interested in participating in a National Innovation Games Challenge, sign up for Paddl today and keep an eye out for all future announcements to see when we will be coming to a city or region near you! If you are a small to medium business interested in learning how you can get involved and work with a dedicated innovation team, please contact Caitlin at 03 9514 3000 or

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