The Making of ‘The Village’
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August 2016 – Current
- Monday 8 August – INQ Central Grand Opening! Townsville’s first ever, industry-led innovation centre will be officially opened with special VIP guests to share this history-making occasion. This is our opportunity to thank all of the helpers along this journey, give thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters and share news of what’s in the pipeline. Time: 5.30 – 8.30pm Venue: iNQ Central, Central Village, Little Fletcher St.
- The INQ community of Volunteers, Tradies, Business People and Helpers, are all working hard and plan to get INQ up and running for the Opening In August. It takes a Village to raise a Startup…and a Village to help celebrate!
- INQ community working bee Sunday 17th of July. Thanks to all that helped. Paint, Paint and more Paint!
- Let there be light! After months of planning, coordinating, shifting, sourcing, painting and hustling, these things excite us: the lights are on at iNQ Central! Thank you PAL-TECH and all the other wonderful tradies!
- iNQ Central becomes a Hot DesQ Host! Checkout http://www.hotdesq.com.au/ for more information.
- In May, six early stage and investment ready startups and representatives of Townsville’s innovative business community attended the Advance Queensland Innovation and Investment Summit (AQIIS) along with around 500 other entrepreneurs, investors, government officials, business leaders and more.
- Thanks to our wonderful local trades, who have been hard at work, construction is well underway on the INQ central Building.
- INQ Memberships open. The public can now join Townsville’s innovative community. Membership forms are available online, and the new online payment gateway opened to process applications via the website.
- Plans for the fit out are well under way and construction starts at INQ central.
- iNQ Open Day, Soft Launch, iNQ revealed it’s process to the community on March 31st. We got to connect with other innovators, creatives, investors and thinkers in our community.
- 12th March – INQ Furniture Working bee (the first of many INQ working bees). Our great volunteers came together to help out with moving the first lot of our donated furniture.
- On the 8th March we saw Chris Burry Makes a Flurry about Silly Valley – A great turn out from Townsville’s innovation savvy community to hear from US Market Access’ Chris Burry, visiting Townsville as part of Digital Brisbane’s Visiting Entrepreneur Program. Chris shared with the 50 attendees from the business, development, academic, government and industry representation attendees, an insight into life and innovative culture in Silicon Valley.
- Work started at iNQ and the big fit-out is under way. Several of iNQ’s team members gathered at the centre to see the work and celebrate the ‘groundbreaking’. We would like to declare a big thank you to Bruce Maggs and his team from Concrete Grinding & Polishing Services for their support in getting the first major stage in our fit-out complete.
- INQ Social Media, Website and Newsletter were created by our dedicated Volunteers on our Marketing Team. Project Leaders and team were formed. The teams are; People and Programs (what iNQ will offer once open, Membership Structure, Marketing, Centre Development, Finances, Governance and Systems, Grants and Sponsorships.
- The lease arrangements with Honeycombes for the site at Central Village have been finalized, and the fit out teams (centre development) have been busy working on power and data connections, layouts and designs, and what will be needed to fill and kit out the space.
- The team put a callout to find donations, sponsors and other finances needed to not only fit out the centre, but ensure it has a sustainable financial model to allow the centre to support its members and flourish.
- INQ Brain Stormer. Thank you to everyone who came along to the iNQ Brainstormer community meeting. So many great ideas came out of that get together, and it has started many wheels turning. A huge thank you goes to the Townsville Enterprise Emerging Leaders Program, Joe Hoolahan and the Hermit Park Football Club for pulling together and hosting such a large and diverse group. About 50 people from business, government, academia, students, startups and more were there because they wanted to help create an innovation centre for Northern Queensland.