Ecosystem directory

One of the most important factors to ensure entrepreneurs thrive is collaboration. For an innovative idea to grow, you need a supportive environment where entrepreneurs are encouraged, ideas are nurtured through industry collaboration and supported by mentoring, and where start-ups thrive. The Sunshine Coast has a unique Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, where industry contemporaries collaborate, and where new ideas, entrepreneurs and start-ups are not only encouraged – they are actively supported.

The aim of mapping the Sunshine Coast’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem is to encourage closer partnerships that will cement the Sunshine Coast’s position as a leading region for innovation and business development.

 
 

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Business Mentoring Noosa is a group of individuals who work in conjunction with Noosa Chamber of Commerce to help small businesses on the Sunshine Coast fulfil their true potential. Their mentors are retired or semi-retired senior business people drawn from a diverse and interesting background ranging from manufacturing to IT, sales/marketing and engineering.
Coder Dojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based coding clubs for young people between the ages of 7 and 17. At Dojo youth learn to code, develop websites, apps, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment. Emphasis on the informal, think of it more like a club than a classroom.
In support of Education Queensland's #CodingCounts initiative, a Coding and Innovation Hub was established at Mountain Creek State High School to: provide professional development opportunities for teachers, promote the introduction of lean startup and design principles, develop partnerships with Sunshine Coast entities to allow for greater engagement between schools and the wider community, and to provide opportunities in advanced coding for students from across the Sunshine Coast.
Coding from Beach is a networking group that meets to discuss programming, devops, and new technology, technical presentations are often a feature of the meetups.
CQUniversity is Australia's largest regional university with over 35,000 students, 20+ locations, 300+ TAFE and University qualifications, flexible study options, practical learning experiences and pathway options. Its Sunshine Coast campus is based in Noosaville.
The Digital Entrepreneurs Network of Noosa is a partnership between Noosa Boardroom and Noosa Council where they host regular Digital Entrepreneur Events for local and visiting innovators in the digital space. These sell out events are a must for those businesses looking to connect, collaborate, inspire and get motivated to realising their business ambitions. Guest speakers have included Steve Huff from iPug, Steve Baxter from River City Labs and Shark Tank, Rob Murray from Firemint Games.
dotMaleny run regular networking events aimed at bringing together IT workers in the Maleny and wider region. They aim to improve communication and collaboration between individuals and small companies and to develop and enhance the profile of Maleny IT people and local IT businesses; to create an inclusive IT community.
Duke Douglas is a co-working space designed with creatives in mind. An intimate, architecturally designed studio space in Sunshine Beach, Duke Douglas houses a talented group of permanent, part-time and casual creatives working both independently and collaboratively.
Engage Research Lab based at the University of the Sunshine Coast, is committed to collaborative research that has measurable benefit in the community. They partner with local communities and organisations to develop solutions around social issues and strive to create real programs for use by real people. Their areas of research include Social Issues, Serious Games, Affective Research, and Interactive Exhibits.
Gamedevs of the Sunshine Coast is a networking group aimed at fostering the game development community on the Sunshine Coast. The group organises and promotes events and opportunities such as game jams, informal meetings and industry events.
A challenge for 15 to 25 year olds to start their own businesses. The first of its kind, the GI Challenge connects budding young entrepreneurs with the marketplace in a way never seen before. By throwing together the old and the new, it's uncovering the next breed of business gurus on the Sunshine Coast.
GovHack is an annual open data competition run by local councils around Australia. Teams have 46 hours to come up with an idea that utilises government open data to make it useful to the community. Many of the concepts are innovative community apps, including informative visualisations, prototype electronic gadgets, games, stories and artistic displays. It’s a competition, and there are prizes, but GovHack is a friendly creative environment.
Inbox Workspace is a professional co-working environment that’s helping a new generation of business owners to transform the way they work. The architecturally designed space gives you access to high-end facilities, ocean views and a motivated community of like-minded business owners. No matter what your goals are, the professional environment is designed to boost your productivity and accelerate the growth of your business.
There are a number of independent angel investors on the Sunshine Coast for further details please contact us .
Innovate Noosa is a not-for-profit group of passionate volunteers who are strengthening the local economy through innovation, strategic development and private and public sector engagement.
The Innovation Centre holds a yearly pitch competition for businesses in the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay regions. Just like Shark Tank and Dragons Den, the IC event is all about the “pitch for investment” targeted at advanced entrepreneurial startups and established businesses in the market for angel, private equity or venture capital investment.
The Innovation Centre is a business accelerator that was established in 2002 and provides an ideal place to build a smart business. Start-ups at the Innovation Centre tap into a deep entrepreneurial ecosystem and draw upon over fourteen years of IC experience in assisting over 160 members. The Innovation Centre is backed by the region’s leading University – with a $200 million turnover and 13,000 students. The IC partners with AusIndustry and Advance Queensland as well high-profile, globally experienced private sector supporters, and has 30+ experienced mentors and sponsors.
Junction 2 is a purpose built co-working space in Noosa for small & mirco business, designed for colloboration and creative thinking. With a range of options from single day hot desking to long-term 24 hour access it's a great alternative to working from home. All facilites are included such as desks, dedicated high speed broadband, printing, meeting rooms and kitchen. With decidicated VoIP lines and an in-house receptionist, all in the heart of Noosa.
LogicSpace offers premium coworking space for independent workers, startups, lean operators and anyone wanting to grow their business in a professional environment with like minded individuals. They offer sub leased desk space with flexible terms, and without the burden of long term leases and expensive office fit outs.
The Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards is a yearly competition run by Sunshine Coast Council. It's a fantastic opportunity for students in grades 10 - 12 to showcase new or creative uses of technology - it could be a new app, new concepts in social media, gaming technology or robotics. It could be the application of existing technology in a novel way to solve a community, environmental or business challenge. The possibilities are endless and that’s what makes these Awards so exciting.
MentorBlaze is a uniques event on the startup mentoring calendar where business owners and startup founders get to meet multiple expert mentors in the one place at the one time. Meet 1-on-1 with successful startup founders who have exited, founders of growth stage startups, Investors (Angel and VC), senior management from global tech companies & more. Startup hubs across Queensland all host a MentorBlaze concurrently, and the event is held twice a year. On the Sunshine Coast the event is hosted at the Innovation Centre.
NEXTi is a youth-led organisation providing support to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Their aim is to ensure young entrepreneurs have the support and connections required to to be successful in the local ecosystem.
Noosa Boardroom was one of the original co-working spaces on the Sunshine Coast. It has a large co-working area that can be accessed 24 hours a day with various size meeting rooms and consulting offices available for hire by the hour, half day, full day. All rooms have internet, phones and white boards and can be set up specifically for your meeting.
Noosa Council works with the business community both locally and regionally to support business and employment growth. With a Local Economic Plan in play that aims for industry diversification in priority sectors that offer high economic value and low environmental impact - innovation is a focus. Council can influence the business environment in a number of was – we advocate, regulate, facilitate, partner and fund a variety of initiatives. Current major programs include the new Noosa Planning Scheme, Transport Strategy, Business Facilitation Service, and the establishment of the Peregian...
The Peregian Beach Digital Hub will be a curated space for established and emerging technology based enterprises with a focus on accelerating business and employment growth.
Share Space is a coworking, workshop and events space for freelancers and startups. It was designed with you in mind: The frustrated home office worker. The cafe-hopping freelancer. The location-independent employee. The trying-to-squeeze-everything-in-at-night-when-the-kids-are-asleep entrepreneur on the rise.
Silicon Coast is a grassroots not-for-profit organization that formed organically out of a growing innovative, entrepreneurial, digital ecosystem on the Sunshine Coast. Silicon Coast develops, supports, and stewards a vibrant ecosystem that maximizes creativity, collaboration, sharing, and innovation. It aims to foster relationships between innovators, changemakers, visionaries and entrepreneurs who choose to be located on, or associate with, the Sunshine Coast and want to connect, create, collaborate, innovate; and thus make an impact interstate and internationally.
Spark Bureau is a business accelerator, incubator, coworking and event space for early-stage technology companies. Its an independent, not-for-profit community-led and mission-driven organisation that exists to foster innovation on the Sunshine Coast and to “support, assist and facilitate the growth and development of startups to achieve quick expansion, capital, knowledge, global opportunities and connections with corporate leaders and investors.”
A networking group that covers everything .NET, including Unity game development, ASP.NET, Internet of Things, Cloud development and other dank buzzwords. All skill levels welcome.
This networking group meets regularly to discus blockchain technology. Come chat about cryptocurrencies (ethereum, bitcoin) smart contracts and other ways blockchains can be used.
Sunshine Coast Council's Hackfest is a yearly open data hackathon. Over a weekend individuals and teams compete by creating a "hack" that utilises Sunshine Coast Council's open data. There's no specifics on what teams can enter but due to the nature of the event most entries are web applications, mobile applications, or visualisations.
The Creative Alliance Sunshine Coast is a not-for-profit, arts advocacy organisation, governed by a member-elected volunteer Board. The Creative Alliance connects the dots between creative thinkers, businesses, places, supporters, target markets, audiences and key stakeholders through Advocacy, Learning, Networking and Partnerships. Promoting the value of creative enterprise and artistic expression as drivers of innovation, business, culture and regional identity.
The core mission of Sunshine Coast Mentoring & Investment Group is to facilitate the development of startup and high growth SME businesses on the Sunshine Coast, through the provision of pro-bono mentoring services and angel investment opportunities, thereby assisting with meaningful economic development and job creation for future generations.
Startup Weekend is an intense, action-based, coffee induced, and sleep deprived event made for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurial people. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Any student interested in startups, launching a business, entrepreneurship, or creative problem solving is encouraged to attend Startup Weekend Youth. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!
TAFE Queensland East Coast is the premier provider of vocational education and training and the largest in the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay region with seven campuses and over 20,000 enrolments annually.The organisation is the result of an amalgamation between Sunshine Coast TAFE and Wide Bay TAFE. By harnessing the strong reputation each of these Institutes had in their communities for providing exceptional training and education we are able to improve education and training to the region as a collaborative force.
The Boarding Office has two locations in Mooloolaba and Nambour, they provide co-shared office space with individual rooms surrounding large common areas which are designed to encourage casual interaction among the businesses through a more relaxed Sunshine Coast way of doing business. The Boarding Office provides a unique décor of functional art, hand made, hand painted, and primarily vintage surfboards which turn the space into a Surf Museum. Throw in an Espresso Café and you've got The Boarding Office!
The Hive is a state of-the-art co-working serviced office and desk environment with a flexible pay-per-use offering. Sophisticated and stylish, and ergonomically designed and furnished, they offer technologically advanced offices, meeting rooms, work desks and administrative services all conveniently located in the spectacular Kon-Tiki Business Centre in the heart of the Maroochydore CBD. It's the place for large corporates wanting flexibility without compromise, SMEs driving growth, and solopreneurs seeking a greater sense of community in an inspiring and comfortable office space.
The University of the Sunshine Coast is a public university based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Having opened in 1996 as the Sunshine Coast University College with 524 students, it was renamed the University of the Sunshine Coast in 1999. As at Semester 1 2015 the student body was 12,000.