The Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre (IC) has finished 2014 on a high note, with the centre and its members racking up several awards in recent months.
First up the centre, a University of the Sunshine Coast incubation and acceleration initiative, is celebrating global recognition. Following its identification by Boundlss as a key hub in October, the centre was earlier this month named by incubation analysts UBI Index as one of the top 10 University Business Incubators in the Asia & Oceania region.
“We’re thrilled to have received a top 10 ranking alongside some large, capital-city based incubators,” CEO Mark Paddenburg says. “This award is really a reflection on the strength of our member companies, and also the experience and dedication of our mentor panel, who volunteer their time and expertise to grow startup and high- growth companies on the Sunshine Coast.”
Secondly, a number of the IC’s members performed well at November’s 2014 Sunshine Coast Business Awards, specially creative and design agency Italic Creative which received the the Creative Industries (Small) Award.
And finally, the centre used the Business Awards to launch its ‘Entrepreneurial Startup of the Year Award’. The inaugural award recognises one of the IC’s member companies for leadership and growth, and this year went to Cloud DC for ‘OfficeBox’, a highly scalable cloud-based platform that provides users with multi-platform access to their office.
Additionally, more than 35 early-stage and high-growth companies joined the centre in 2014. These startups and awards, even those launched by the IC itself, reflect a growing recognition of the Sunshine Coast as an ecosystem for entrepreneurship.