Today was a day many local innovators have been waiting for. The downtown office space “Hubspace” is officially open for business. It will be a place for innovators who lack a formal office space to come and get their work done.
Innovation Central Society’s Sean Simmons says this day has been a long time coming.
“Oh this is a day we’ve been waiting for for a number of years. I chair Innovation Central Society and our goal is to help entrepreneurs commercialize their innovations.”
The office is open to any members of the community looking for a place to come and work. It’s not a new concept. A co-working space was created in the city in 2011 and failed. The hope this time is that there are even more independent innovators looking for a place to work.
With creative minds in one place, Simmons says the ideas are bound to flow.
“What we’re trying to do here is set up a place, out of your basement, when you’re around other people with like minds, have similar challenges and are able to access resources that can help you grow your business to the next level.”
The hope is that local innovators will network with one another. Using new neighbours as a resource, instead of having to look beyond the community for business supports.
A lot of the city’s entrepreneurs are hidden in their homes. This space will show the community all of the brilliant ideas that are already brewing.
Shobha Sharma is Community Development Specialist and the Founder of “Our Sataya”. She’s looking forward to using the space.
“I’m actually running an NGO as well as a social enterprise. And Prince George has so much talent in it so this hub is going to be an opportunity to bring that talent together and take advantage of it. I work with women and children overseas. So what we’re actually trying to do is compete against maternal and infant mortality rates by bringing education and transportation to women in rural places in India.”
Hubspace is a collaborative partnership between several community organizations including Integris and Innovation Central Society at the lead. Today UNBC’s VP of Research, Geoff Payne, announced the university is also coming on as an official partner.
“When you think of innovation, that comes in many different shapes and forms and so any opportunity to bring students together to brain storm and take that into new knowledge that’s innovation in my mind and so partnering with Hubspace and ICS certainly aligns with where the university is going and those students, for us it’s a no brainier in terms of that partnership.”
Those in attendance for the opening agreed on one thing, they can’t wait to get to work.