Bluekino outgrows hub
START- UP video production business Bluekino has flown the nest.
The company is one of the first to graduate from Townsville’s innovation hub iNQ.
Former television production supervisor Maddy Voinea launched Bluekino about 12 months ago with himself and an administrative officer.
Such has been the success of the business, it now has a team of eight professionals with skills in video production, animation, digital art, video editing, film making, social media and photography.
Mr Voinea attributed the success to demand for its services and the help provided by the innovation hub which provides office space at Honey- combes Property Group’s Central Village development in Flinders St.
“The support from iNQ has been incalculable. It has facilitated our growth a lot more than we expected,” Mr Voinea said. “I’d like to see more people who need that support and growth to take advantage of iNQ.”
Mr Voinea said Bluekino was providing services which were unique in regional areas.
“I don’t think there is another team of this size in North Queensland,” Mr Voinea said.
He said many of the major companies and enterprises were clients.
They had also launched an online business development magazine.
Innovation hub president David Cole said Bluekino was one of its original tenants.
He said Bluekino and another start- up educational consultants Applied Inspiration had reached a point where they could “leave the nest so to speak”.
“They are too big to stay which is what we like,” Mr Cole said. “We are looking for new tenants at iNQ.”
Mr Cole said the hub was about trying to create a mentoring environment where businesses could flourish and grow.
Bluekino has leased premises at 183 Ingham Rd, West End.
Mr Voinea said they would have liked to stay at iNQ but recognised it was time to move on.
“People underestimate that help of having people around to ask for advice and point you in the right direction,” Mr Voinea said.