Photo: (L-R) GC Hub CEO Sharon Huneybell, Vice Chancellor at Bond University Tim Brailsford, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones, Chairman of Gold Coast Innovation Hub Danny Maher, and Sports Gold Coast's Geoff Smith
This week marks the official opening of the Gold Coast Innovation Hub - a purpose-built three-storey work and event space designed by innovators, for innovators.
The unique space is set to be the central location for startup events on the coast - a place where startups and scale-ups can connect, collaborate, grow, raise investment and expand into global markets surrounded by a community of like-minded peers.
Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur Steve Baxter says it’s the missing link for the Gold Coast startup scene.
“The Gold Coast has a great community of investors, startups, students, mentors and entrepreneurs - but what it hasn’t had is a central, physical hub,” he says.
“This is the last piece of the puzzle and no doubt great things are going to happen here.”
The Gold Coast hub also supports a network of outreach locations with programs, events and activities designed to engage entrepreneurs in areas such as Burleigh, Mudgeeraba, Southport and Byron Bay.
Steve adds: “It’s great to see the hub hitting the ground running with the Startup Onramp Pre-Accelerator Program for budding entrepreneurs.”
The 12-week training and mentoring program gives new founders of high-growth startups the skills, advice and networks they need to succeed.
The hub also supports the Hot DesQ Startup Attraction Program - an initiative that invites startups to move to Queensland.
The Gold Coast Innovation Hub was launched with the support of the Queensland Government, City of Gold Coast and many corporate partners committed to driving a new digital economy on the Gold Coast.
It’s inception was also driven by key members of the leadership team behind the multi-award winning software company, Opmantek.