The Gold Coast’s start-up community is set to get a multimillion dollar boost with the opening of the Gold Coast Innovation Hub’s site in July 2018. This is part of an investment that the Queensland State Government and City of Gold Coast are making to boost the region’s capacity to grow and support innovative businesses. 

Innovation community and business incubator, the Gold Coast Innovation Hub, today announced the physical location for the city’s first ever dedicated start-up precinct.

The PC Building in Robina will be the location for the state first, purpose-built innovation space that will connect the Gold Coast’s present and future business leaders.  Situated at 36 Laver Drive, Robina, the state-of-the art site will be the home for the Gold Coast’s growing start-up community and a critical lynchpin for the city’s efforts to further grow and diversify its economy. 

Gold Coast Innovation Hub CEO, Ms Sharon Hunneybell views this location as a critical component of the organisations strategy to provide a space for local innovators, global investors and international tech firms to collaborate with each other. 

“This site is quite literally going to be a factory for tech companies,” said Ms Hunneybell. 

“The Gold Coast Innovation Hub is designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with the purpose of producing real business outcomes. At 2000m2, the site is designed to bring together the city’s innovators in a co-working space built for collaboration and growth – our aim is to see it become the key economic diversification driver for the Gold Coast following the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

The Gold Coast Innovation Hub was founded in 2017 by the leadership team behind Gold Coast based software company, Opmantek, with support from the City of Gold Coast, the Queensland State Government and the corporate sector. 

It is the result of a six-year mission to develop a model for international business creation on the Gold Coast centred around a physical precinct where the formula can be applied across multiple enterprises. 

This vision has been supported through Advance Queensland’s Advancing Regional Innovation Program which aims to turn the state’s regions into hubs for innovation and enterprise. 

Minister for Innovation, Kate Jones said the Gold Coast Innovation Hub will transform the city into an innovation hot spot.

“This new workspace will enable local entrepreneurs and business leaders to connect with innovators across Queensland, Australia and the world,” Ms Jones said.

“Through the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Regional Innovation Program, we are empowering regional innovators and building Queensland’s reputation as a global innovation and investment destination.

“We will work with our commercial partners at the Gold Coast Innovation Hub to prepare the Gold Coast for the jobs of the future.

“The eyes of the world were on the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games and this exposure will help make the city a leading innovation hub.”

The Gold Coast Innovation Hub is leveraging relationships with several investment funds who’ve made available $60 million worth of potential investment for Gold Coast businesses. 

The Gold Coast Innovation Hub central premises occupies a three-story building that will be managed by Little Tokyo Two.  The site, situated right next to Robina Town Centre, lies close to the M1, at the centre of the city – a location selected to ensure it is accessible from those situated to the north and south of the Hub. 

Little Tokyo Two is the “for benefit company” behind some of Australia’s leading incubator and co-working spaces, with four sites across South East Queensland under its management.

“We share the vision of the team and partners of the Hub which is to see the Gold Coast globally recognised as an entrepreneurial hotspot,” said Little Tokyo Two founder and entrepreneur Jock Fairweather.  

“Little Tokyo Two made the decision to partner with the Gold Coast Innovation Hub team based off their experience, credibility, vision and just as importantly passion – for supporting local businesses and the city as a whole. We cannot wait to aid them in bringing this vision to life and invite the city’s emerging and established businesses to make the Gold Coast Innovation Hub and wider precinct their new home.”

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