TEENAGE tech entrepreneur Scott Millar has been awarded $5000 to help his business expand into global markets and reach more customers.
Founder of holographic projections start-up BOP Industries Mr Millar was one of nine successful recipients of Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Program grants.
The Sheldon College graduate said he felt ecstatic when he received the grant.
“It’s the first grant we have ever applied for and found it was a really good fit for us,” he said.
“We knew we needed to think globally from a very early stage and it is really essential with a start up to take it to all of the other markets.
Mr Millar said he would use the grant to travel to Shenzhen, China with his manufacturing and design team member in October to learn ways to further develop hologram displays.
“As our business is growing and expanding rapidly, we need to find a way to keep up with the demand,” he said.
“We are also going to see manufacturing techniques and explore the technology over there because China is ahead with technology.
“While we are there, it will be great to learn what we can and build relationships in the Chinese market.
“We want to show the world the fantastic and exciting innovations happening in Australia.”
Brisbane chief digital officer Cat Matson said the grant recipients covered a diverse range of industries, validating Brisbane’s reputation as a great place to build a business from the teenage tech entrepreneur to the creator of a natural fruit-infused sparkling water.
Brisbane lord mayor Graham Quirk said council was committed to help local companies grow so they would have a chance to broaden their customer base and employ more people.
“We know this program opens doors for entrepreneurs, and the funds will help these businesses to finalise overseas contracts, meet with global investors and obtain professional advice for expanding,” he said.