UQ-Latin American Colloquium

The 2019 Latin American Colloquium (LAC 2019) will look to: Advancing Latin American and Australian relations through Entrepreneurship and Innovation

We are experiencing a time of rapid change where new knowledge, technologies and business models  are making significant global impacts on the way we live and work. The need to be agile and innovative, with a global mindset, has never been more important. Through fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in Australia and Latin America we are ensuring we have the knowledge, networks and skills to question existing ideas, create new opportunities and address today’s complex and interconnected global challenges.

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Panel session: Fostering innovation ecosystems in Australia and Latin America change

Representatives from industry, academia and government will share their perspectives on emerging trends, opportunities and challenges for building innovative Latin American-Australian ecosystems. The session will encourage attendees to take a fresh look at the different ways innovative practices can be employed to build and sustain successful ecosystems. The session will close with a discussion involving the attendees regarding future opportunities between UQ and Latin American partners to enhance innovative ecosystems.

Pitch Competition

This year the Colloquium will host its first pitch competition, where applicants will have the opportunity to showcase their business ideas, compete for a monetary prize, and present at the Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC) Dinner.

The Pitch Competition will have a online application (round 1) to select the finalists to present at the Colloquium for 4 minutes (round 2). 

For more information and to register please click here 


Founder and CEO, Edoome
Director, LarkinSykes Pty Ltd
Professor, School of Business, UQ
Chair of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme Committee, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Program overview

Time Activity
1.30pm – 2.00pm Registration 
2.00pm – 2.10pm  Welcome address: Professor Peter Høj, President and Vice-Chancellor, UQ
2.10pm – 2.15pm  Ambassadorial welcome address: His Excellency Mr Marcelino Aviles, Ambassador of Panamá
2.15pm – 3.00pm Keynote speaker: Mr Leonardo De La Fuente, Founder and CEO, Edoome, Inc 
3.00pm - 4.10pm Panel session: Fostering innovation ecosystems in Australia and Latin America change
4.10pm – 4.40pm  Networking afternoon tea 
4.50pm - 5.50pm Pitch Compeition
5.50pm – 5.55pm Ambassadorial closing remarks: His Excellency Dr Hugo Javier Gobbi, Ambassador of Argentina
5.55pm – 6.00pm Closing remarks: Dr Jessica Gallagher, Director, Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship, UQ

Event contact

For more information about the event or UQ's engagement in Latin America, contact

Ms Rachael Kelly, Senior International Visits and Events Officer, Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship, UQ

+61 7 3346 0618