The opening of Tasmania’s Innovation Hub in Hobart is focussed on encouraging entrepreneurship and assisting start-ups commercialise their ideas.

Called Enterprize – Tasmania’s Start-up Space, the hub will be open to the public yet have a focus on developing the local start-up community, providing the resources and support required to inspire and accelerate a generation of students, innovators and entrepreneurs.

As part of the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to ensuring the state remains at the forefront of the IT and innovation sector within Australia, we have pushed ahead with the opening of these important community assets.

Enterprize Hobart will bring people together, providing a location, training and hands-on mentoring to develop, evaluate and implement, pre-start-up and early stage business opportunities.

We will be able to tap into the many hundreds of ideas from all segments of the community: including over 50,000 students.

The hubs will help build on and test those ideas.

Anchor tenants and industry mentors, made up from educational establishments and the wider corporate community, will provide support and positive business role models.

Assisted by the Office of the Coordinator-General, we have also secured the support of leading International companies such as Amazon Web Services and Google who will be providing Tasmanian start-ups with access to a suite of free products, services and training along with access to their international community to give our most innovative projects their greatest chance to succeed.

The hub in Hobart will be located at the former Mercury building, which has been provided by Detached with the internal layout and furniture designed and built by students from the University of Tasmania’s School of Architecture and Design, led by Mark Bagguley and Luke Dineen.

The name Enterprize is in honour of the tall ship that was built in Hobart and sailed from Launceston, to establish Melbourne in 1835.

The Launceston Innovation Hub will open next Friday, September 30, followed by an Open Day on the Sunday for the public to attend.

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