The Gold Coast Innovation Hub (GC Hub) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2017 by industry groups and key Gold Coast innovators with the aim to drive commercial success and to foster innovation and digital business creation within the Gold Coast and broader Australian community.

The Gold Coast Innovation Hub (GC Hub) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2017 by industry groups and key Gold Coast innovators with the aim to drive commercial success and to foster innovation and digital business creation within the Gold Coast and broader Australian community.

After many years of research into world class innovation cities, it was clear that the primary ingredient in creating an innovation ecosystem is to create density – to bring the majority of the ecosystem together in order to foster collaboration and innovation.

The Gold Coast is a unique region geographically, socially and economically. The long stretch of coast line is fantastic for attracting international tourism, however it presents a challenge in terms of an identified heart or centre of the region.

The GC Hub bridges the geographical distance between innovators through an online community and acts as a facilitator, connector and builder of the ecosystem.

Our goal

is to ensure that every business, every innovator, every partner, every investor and every person that wants to support the Gold Coast innovation ecosystem through programs, meetups, clubs and associations finds that, as a member of the GC Hub, they will have greater access to funding, greater access to skills and knowledge, greater access to support and greater access to the community and therefore will have a greater chance of success than if they were going it alone.


A huge thank you to our amazing volunteer board of Directors and Advisors, as well as our wonderful team of staff for your  support, vision and leadership.

Sharon Hunneybell
Director, Gold Coast Innovation Hub, Community builder, Startup Mentor

Recognised by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence Sharon Hunneybell has a passion for technology, innovation, collaboration and is a champion for youth participation in startups and technology.

Sharon has held senior roles in a number of fast growing Australian firms including multi award winning software company, Opmantek. She has been an active startup community builder, co-creating and facilitating dozens of programs and initiatives to support digital business creation and growth.

Steve Dalton
Director, Gold Coast Innovation Hub, Electronic and Software Engineer

Steve is an Electronic and Software Engineer, Entrepreneur and Gold Coast Community connector.

He is founder of Gold Coast Techspace, the Gold Coast’s very own makerspace and geek hub and Refactor, an Agile Hardware and Software consultancy. His own startup secluded.io specialises in low-power, cloud connected sensors designed for low cost and secluded environments.

He regularly takes part in startup education activities such as Startup OnRamp and sits on many advisor boards as technical expert.

Debby Lo-Dean
Director, Gold Coast Innovation Hub, Founder Paradise Gin

Debby has a Bachelor of Business degree, a Diploma in life and business coaching, attended Executive Program at Singularity University in NASA Ames research park in 2016, and recently completed a certificate in, ‘Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies,’ at Harvard University. Her passion is innovation and building our economy through collaboration and connection globally. Debby regularly speaks for industry organisations and mentors school groups that are building startups. Debby sits on the Police Multicultural Community Safety Advisory Committee.

Phoebe Dray
Advisory Board, Gold Coast Innovation Hub, CPA

Phoebe Dray is a qualified and accomplished speaker, and business owner of namesake consultancy that provides innovative business programs, online courses, education and bookkeeping services. Her coaching programs & online courses help female entrepreneurs and business owners launch Profit into Cash with her Profit 2 Cash Launchpad program. Phoebe is passionate about helping female entrepreneurs gain confidence in their own business acumen with her programs & support. Enabling them to have a voice, trust in their own abilities and live the life of their dreams.

Arnold Siu
Advisory Board, Gold Coast Innovation Hub, Commercial Lawyer

Arnold Siu is a highly skilled commercial lawyer with a focus on providing affordable support for early stage startups and small business owners.

Marlie Jolanda
Advisory Board, Gold Coast Innovation Hub, Meaningful Marketing Coach

Marlie Jolanda is a Meaningful Marketing & Business Coach with high-energy. She is passionate about helping Entrepreneurs-on-a-Mission to stop being the ‘best kept secret’ and turn more potential customers into paying clients with Meaningful Marketing. She helps her clients save time/money and make more money by working SMARTER, not harder.

She started her career in corporate at BMW Group Netherlands in 2007. With over a decade of experience in the Marketing/ Sales/ Networking Industry, Marlie has helped thousands of entrepreneurs world-wide stop wasting time and money on marketing that doesn’t work, and to excel beyond expectations.

Dani Gallery
Community Manager, Gold Coast Innovation Hub

Dani is a digital artist and graphic designer.  She is also the community manager at the Gold Coast Innovation Hub workspace in Varsity Lakes.  Dani works with both the workspace and virtual members to ensure a sense of belonging and community is experienced by all.  She works to create rapport with each of the individual members, supporting them wherever possible through accountability sessions, connecting them with programs and mentors that can help them on their business journey and providing a sympathetic ear when times get tough.

Summer Brown
Event Manager, Gold Coast Innovation Hub

If you are one of the 10,000 people that have attended a Gold Coast Innovation Hub event, or one of the hundreds of guest speakers at our Lunch and Learn, Brunch like a Boss or Masterclasses you will know what an amazing event manager Summer Brown is.  She is also a champion for change, an award winning film producer and the co-founder of the Impact Film Challenge for high school students.


Go Global World

The Gold Coast Innovation Hub are proud to be part of the Go Global World International collaboration – driving new opportunities for Gold Coast, Queensland and Australian startups to grow their business in other countries, build a strong global network, and participate in webinars and online events with successful founders and investors from Silicon Valley and beyond.

Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrerpreneurs

The Gold Coast Innovation Hub are proud to be the Australian representative for the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs – creating international linkages and opportunities for under 35’s across Commonwealth countries.

Volunteering Queensland

The Gold Coast Innovation hub is a member of Volunteering Queensland and loves working with young innovators.  To find out more and to view open roles click here.



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