Regional Innovation Benchmark (RIB):
 exploring innovation within local businesses
Thank you…
to ALL of you who are helping and supporting each other. In this time of uncertainty, one thing is becoming clear; that we can get through this together.

Over 250 local businesses have already come together to support the next stage of the Regional Innovation Benchmark. A survey being conducted by our local University of the Sunshine Coast.

Now is a good time to reflect and think about the way you’ve done things differently in the past, how this has strengthened your business and our region.


Grab a cuppa, put your feet up and take a 20 minute break – reflect and tell us more about innovation in your business ... you can rest assured it’s completely confidential.
Regional Innovation Benchmark (RIB) – Research Outline
The University of the Sunshine Coast, on behalf of the Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Project Team (SCRIPT) is leading a research project which aims to find out how local businesses are innovating and how this contributes to the innovativeness of our region.

Specific focus within this research is placed on the role of collaborators to the innovation process.

How can I participate?
Click on this link to complete the survey: Regional Innovation Benchmark survey
The cut-off date for the 2020 survey is 11 May 2020

If you are genuinely interested in supporting businesses in the Sunshine Coast region we ask that you share the survey link within your networks
We are seeking survey responses (representation in the data) from:
  • Sunshine Coast & Noosa businesses that have 'reinvented' or 'preserved' their business via innovation
  • Business owners/Founders who collaborate with other businesses
  • Women in Business
  • Rural, Regional, Remote Businesses
  • Business Owners/Founders who have previously achieved significant growth in their business 
How can I follow this research project?
The full research report will be publicly available mid to late 2020.
Sign up below to receive research updates and an electronic copy of the final RIB report.

I want to receive research updates and a copy of the 2020 report

Why is this research important?
Accurate data improves decision-making and provides direction for future interventions. For example;

  • Identifying sources of ideas for innovation
  • Understanding the true nature of collaboration in innovation
  • Benchmark our regions innovation among new and existing businesses
  • Understand relative innovativeness of new products, services, business practices
  • Showcase our regions strengths, and develop solutions related to problem areas
  • Develop an evidence base about what helps and hinders regional innovation
  • Identifying sources of ideas for innovation

How will my business benefit?

  • Business owners are empowered through knowledge, with a clear focus on goals that matter.
  • New regional approaches to encourage innovation - localised solutions to create jobs
  • Have your say and influence regional innovation priorities

Click on this link to complete the survey Regional Innovation Benchmark survey
The cut-off date for the 2020 survey is 11 May 2020
If you would like more information, please contact Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers (Lead researcher USC):

Complete the RIB 2020 survey NOW

Regional Innovation Benchmark (RIB) 2019
SCRIPT's major project funding is for the Regional Innovation Benchmark research. The 2019 RIB provided a candid glimpse into the ways in which innovation is approached and executed within the Sunshine Coast’s Regional innovation ecosystem. The benchmark also provided a knowledge-sharing opportunity about how to develop innovations within new and existing businesses to boost business performance. The 2019 RIB measured the approaches local businesses took to innovate and the value this generated.

The official launch event for the RIB was held at the Innovation Centre 29 August 2019, 80 people attended. It was broadcast live on Facebook including interviews with Paul Russell (Executive Director, Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development/Advance QLD) & Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers (Lead researcher USC).
View FB live feeds here:
RIB announcement by Myles McNamara
Interview with Paul Russell
Interview with Retha Scheepers

Download the 2019 RIB eReport
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