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.


The GC Hub runs programs, spaces, and events designed by innovators for innovators, where businesses can connect, collaborate, grow, raise investment and expand into global markets.


Since its formation, the GC Hub has provided assistance to a diverse range of businesses. The GC Hub has built a reputation for providing high quality, low cost support with strong commercial backing, and for being able to provide linkages to government, industry programs, and information services.


Our goal

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


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

Antony Stinziani
Advisor for the GC Hub | Chief Information Officer at City of Gold Coast

Antony currently holds the role of Chief Information Officer at the City of Gold Coast.
Antony is a mentor and coach of women in ICT leadership, a regular speaker at conferences and events, an experienced CIO and a non-executive board director.

Antony holds a degree in public sector management and ICT and has worked in senior executive ICT roles for over 25 years across numerous government agencies including the CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, the Australian Parliament and the ACT Government. Key areas of work Antony has led include:

Leadership and execution of digital strategy
Leadership of business change and program management;
Leadership of digital and data capability development;
Leadership of Digital Transformation;
Financial management and governance; and
Collaboration across government, research and industry sectors

Antony is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Antony was a member of the Board of Directors of Carers ACT (2012-2020); and Carers Australia (2014-2020)

Antony has been a mentor in the Women in ICT Program (WITEM) from 2010 to the present.

Antony is a member of the Women in ICT (WIC) Committee and Male Champion of Change

Antony is a qualified NLP Practitioner

Sharon Hunneybell
Director, GC 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
Advisor for GC Hub | Electronic and Software Engineer at Refactor

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.

Brad Semmens
Advisor for GC Hub | Head of Business Advisory – BridgePoint Group

Meet Brad, Head of Business Advisory at BridgePoint Group Accounting and Growth Advisory firm – a well-respected and trusted business services firm in Sydney. Brad is a divergent, driven and systems-thinking Business Advisor and Strategist, with a sharp focus on business strategy across all divisions, people, and performance. Brad is what is known as an ‘integrator,’ as he sits between being able to create and drive a vision, all the way through to nutting out processes and the detail. Whether you have a mindset, skill, or knowledge gap, need assistance with formulating the right business strategy, solving for resource allocation or dealing with execution roadblocks, Brad will confidently assist and guide you with passion, wisdom and structured thinking.

Brad believes that business owners should ‘look near before they look far,’ as it’s almost always a problem with one’s own level of ‘resourcefulness’ before it’s ever about ‘not having enough resources.’

As a successful founder and business owner of his supplement brand selling online and to retail Australia wide, equipped with an academic background in business management, and having 10+ years of hands-on leadership and management experience in construction, sales, education and professional services industries, Brad can render high-quality and potent support, regardless of where you are at with your business growth journey.

Brad has a deep passion for continuous growth and a sort after skillset in business psychology and strategic thinking, which can be applied to all areas of your business. You can be sure that Brad won’t just share his ‘opinion,’ he will give reference to insights and ways of thinking that you can hold onto forever.

Brad helps business owners to accurately articulate their challenges and problems and provides strategic and practical pathways to become more resourceful and solve challenges that stand in the way of experiencing greater levels of success. You will receive clarity and confidence in relation to your business strategy and strategic direction, mindset, operational excellence, people, and performance. Brad looks forward to speaking with you.

Dennis Silvers
Director, GC Hub | Business Consultant

Dennis is an experienced senior executive who worked across several industries during
his career in both the private and government sectors. His previous roles have seen him
develop and implement programs to encourage innovation and facilitate R&D at many
different levels. Beyond his thorough understanding of R&D and its relevant
applications, Dennis also has a strong skill set in the business development field, having
successfully developed and implemented a number of strategies and frameworks that
have enabled businesses to move into new fields. Dennis has demonstrable success as
an innovative and forward-thinking executive.

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, GC 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, GC 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.

Sam Kennedy
Advisor for the GC Hub | Certified Chair of Advisory Board Centre

Dynamic leader of Pivotel Australia, NZ & Asia Pacific. 17 year old Pivotel is a leading Australian owned & operated mobile network operator specialising in satellite technology to help people and organisations in critical, remote & maritime environments. With 26 years of industry experience across Telecommunications, Technology, Human Resources, Law and the Public Sector, I have unique expertise in business strategy, customer experience, innovation, sales, marketing, regulatory governance, compliance and reform, workplace relations, organizational change and digital revolution.

Chair of Redland’s City Council Economic Development Advisory Board and 5 other Advisory Boards as Expert in Residence for the Gold Coast Innovation Hub. Queensland’s Minister for ICT’s Advisory Board member.


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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