theSPACE is Far North Queensland’s Innovation & Startup Hub

A passionate community of founders & innovators in beautiful tropical Queensland.

Upcoming Events

Startup Weekend Cairns – Innovation Edition, 18 – 20 November

NO TALK, ALL ACTION: Take your business innovation or new idea to market in 54 hours.

****This time round we are tweaking our Startup Weekend to include Innovation! We would like to encourage existing businesses to bring their team along to spend a weekend working on a new product or service and take it to market in 54 hours!****

Are you an existing or new business?
Is your product becoming old and tired? Do you need to innovate but don’t know how?
Are you an entrepreneur working to bring a new idea to market?

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The Tropical North Queensland Innovation Awards (TNQiA) are a refreshed approach by Cairns Regional Council to recognise and reward those working innovatively across the vast and diverse Tropical North Queensland region.

The TNQiA will recognise trail-blazing local entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and smart businesses who are demonstrating excellence in innovation.

Submissions are open until 15 August 2016 and awards will be presented on 14 November 2016.

Find out more.

Coworking Space

You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.

Come spend time with inspiring entrepreneurs, travellers and those sick of working from home or hotel in Cairns premier co-working space. Great internet, coffee & community await.

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Startups & Innovation

At theSPACE, we live and breathe innovation.  Startups, innovative small businesses, larger companies that want to embrace ever-present change.

We love them all.

Let’s chat about how we can get you involved.

Here’s what we offer

Consulting & Speaking

Our passion is contagious and we want to work with YOU and your business.  Whether consulting on your game-changing startup idea or speaking in a corporate setting, we can share ideas that will supercharge your path forward.

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Innovation is our life blood

And community is our oxygen.

At theSPACE we help build businesses from scratch, transform struggling businesses and inspire companies to always strive for more.  Inspired by Silicon Valley, we believe that a community of entrepreneurs and innovators can thrive in FNQ and we’re paving the way for Cairns to transform into a hub of makers and doers.

If you would like to be a part of this community, consider joining as a member of theSPACE.

theSPACE Membership

We do GREAT work

Emerging Entrepreneurs

A program created to transform the next generation of entrepreneurs. We believe that students have a right to be educated in the CORRECT way to start a business. Let’s build a generation of employers, not employees.

Innovation Ecosystems

Building startup and innovation ecosystems around Australia.

We’ve been working for the past 3 years to refine a framework that will foster innovation throughout regional Australia.

This is what we call the “Backbone of the startup and innovation ecosystem”.

Startup Weekends

Do you like the idea of building an innovative business in a single weekend?
We do.
Partnering with UP Global, we run Startup Weekends multiple times throughout the year, bringing the community together and creating real value.


A bootcamp for entrepreneurs, innovators, inventors and passionate business people, Basecamp is a 6 week course that enables people to bring their business idea to life in a way that mitigates financial and time risk. An incredible way to become very comfortable with the business principles of 2016.

An incredible network of makers, innovators, investors and businesses

The power and effectiveness of a hub is in it’s community.  We’ve spent years connecting businesses, investors, inventors, software engineers and startup founders.  Let’s connect and see how we can help you too.

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We’re partnered with the best

James Cook University

Crowe Horwath

MacDonells Law

Calculating Women

WIN Network

Fuji Xerox


Cairns Regional Council