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Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture


2018 keynote presenter: Steve Baxter

The 2018 Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Steve Baxter, one of Australia’s most successful tech entrepreneurs and a man well-known to the audiences of Channel Ten’s Shark Tank for his incisive questioning of budding innovators. Steve is also Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur and is currently championing Queensland's start up eco-system in all parts of the state. Read Steve Baxter's full profile.

Come and hear from Steve as he tells us exactly what it takes to create enormously successful businesses as well as what he believes can and should happen to unleash the potential of Queensland’s entrepreneurs and innovators.

When: Monday 27 August 2018
Time: 5.30–8pm 
Where: Innovation Centre, USC Sunshine Coast, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs

  • A$80 per ticket
  • A$700 for group booking (10 tickets)
  • A$40 per student ticket

Purchase tickets

100% profits from the Lecture will go to the provision of USC student scholarships and bursaries.

Tickets include finger food as well as beer, wine and soft drink before and after the lecture.

Student ticket purchasers will need to produce student ID prior to entering the lecture. Please note that student tickets precludes the service of alcohol at the event.

For more information on this event, please contact USC Development:

About the Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture

The Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture is held annually in honour of Shadforths Civil Contractors co-director Geoff Shadforth.

The event honours Geoff’s memory within the Sunshine Coast community, and aims to continue his passion for creating growth and opportunities for the Sunshine Coast.

Geoff died in 2013 at the age of 35 while preparing for a charity motorcycle ride in Cambodia.

Now in its fifth year, this hugely successful lecture series has seen high-profile Australians share their personal stories, challenges and triumphs right here on the Sunshine Coast.

It is a rare opportunity to hear what inspires some of our most successful politicians, CEOs and entrepreneurs, along with everyday Australians who have achieved something extraordinary.

Previous speakers

J Bishop
Hon Julie Bishop MP

The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, delivered the annual Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture in 2016.

Her address described how Australia can better position the domestic economy to take advantage of the enormous opportunities in an evolving Asia.

Gerry Harvey

Mr Gerry Harvey, Chairman of retail giant Harvey Norman was guest speaker in 2015.

An audience of 340 joined luminary and entrepreneur, Gerry Harvey as he shared what he had learnt over a lifetime of building an iconic business.

Wal King AO

Wal King AO, former CEO of Leighton Holdings Ltd, drew on over 40 years’ experience within the construction industry to share insights into the industry and the opportunities and challenges it will face in the future in the inaugural Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture.

Lachie Smart

Lachie Smart, an entrepreneur and world record breaking aviator, delivered the 2017 Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture.

In August 2016, at just 18 years of age, Lachie returned from an epic around-the-world aviation adventure that made him the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a single engine aircraft. His story shows what can be achieved when you aim high and have the courage to back yourself.


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